The Belfast Book Festival is Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival and the 9th Belfast Book Festival will run from the 7th – 16th June 2019. 

Sunday 09 June 2019

Brian Friel Archive Performance: ‘Don’t Anticipate The Ending’ A Life’s Work In Progress with Zosia Kuczynska, Jessie Keenan & Robbie Blake.
Drawing on Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, this illustrated talk explores the ways in which the major Irish playwright has influenced the work of contemporary artists.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Price: £6 | £4
Venue The Crescent

Gerald Dawe: In Another World – Van Morrison And Belfast: Join Gerald Dawe as he takes us on a unique trip through Belfast and beyond.
This journey explores the relationship between northern writers and popular music in an illustrated talk that is soulful and inventive as it dives into the work of Michael Longley, Van Morrison, Derek Mahon, Jimmy Kennedy, Stuart Parker, Leontia Flynn, Lucy Caldwell and Geraldine Quigley, to explore the mystic world of poetry and music.
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Price: £8 | £6
Venue: The Crescent

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Medbh McGuckian by Suella HollandMedbh McGuckian in Conversation With Padraig Regan.
Medbh McGuckian’s poetry is all-encompassing, from the richness of the interior to the vastness of the world. This is a poet who can talk at once about the intensity of being a human, and the complexities of the world, and explore the tensions in between. She questions the constructions of power and gender, and at the same time offers a unique perspective on what it is to be a woman in Ireland today. Moving between the dream and the actual, presenting us with both worlds so vividly in beautiful, complicated language.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: £7 | £5
Venue: Baltic at Bullitt Hotel

Thursday 13 June 2019

Paul-Muldoon-Pieter-M.-van-HattemPaul Muldoon with Stephen Connolly. Paul reads his work and in the company of Stephen Connolly discusses his multifaceted poetry and career.
Paul Muldoon’s career spans decades and genres.He is a poet, lyricist, librettist, translator, critic, editor and professor. He has won an array of literary prizes including the Pulitzer, the T S Eliot, and the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry.
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Price: £10 | £8
Venue: The Crescent

Sunday 16 June 2019

Medbh McGuckian by Suella HollandIn A Small Back Room: Medbh McGuckian, Padraig Regan & Susannah Dickey
Join three marvellous poets as they read a selection of their work. Captivating, magical and whimsical, fall under their spell as they take us on a tour from the dream-world to the political, the backstreets of Belfast to ancient Greece, the mischievous to the strikingly poignant.
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Price: £6 | £4
Venue: Baltic at Bullitt Hotel

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