Online events not to miss this week
An evening with President Michael D Higgins and Colm Tóibin
Thursday June 17, 6.30 p.m., € 8, crowdcast.io
Forget the G7 summits and Davos and all that – here’s an overwhelming reunion of minds as two of Ireland’s most imposing minds – President Michael D Higgins and author Colm Tóibín – meet to discuss a few things . They will discuss the fun of re-engaging with European culture and building a more inclusive and environmentally sustainable society, Ireland as a cultural force to be reckoned with and general topics on literature, poetry and the many ways that we can inspire change in people’s lives. Lives. The conversation itself took place on Bloomsday before it aired today, so you can be sure that Joyce and the inescapable modality of the visible will pop up along the way. This is the finale of the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas spring series, and they probably left that for last because your brain will likely need a long rest after that rigorous intellectual training.
Dalkey Book Festival @ La Tour
June 18-20, € 50, dalkeybookfestival.org
When life becomes a dystopian novel, where do writers look for inspiration? This is one of the questions that will be addressed over three days during this virtual version of the annual literature festival in the picturesque town of Dalkey. In the last year of the pandemic, books have provided welcome solace and a distraction from world events, and have also provided a way to pass the time during endless lockdowns. Festival organizer David McWilliams is hosting the festival in the Martello Tower in Dalkey, an iconic venue for a live broadcast. Guests from around the world include science professor Brian Cox, Turkish-British author Elif Shafak and Chilean author Isabel Allende, but the interior of the tower will be transformed into a studio for guests including President Michael Dr Higgins, Conor McPherson and Anne Enright. More guests are expected to be announced for the three-day online extravaganza, during which the winner of the Dalkey Literary Award for 2021, sponsored by Zurich, will be announced.