Logo: Alisdair Wood

   
Guest of Honour 2018:
Joyce Carol Oates


   
Guest of Honour 2016:
Adam L. G. Nevill


DUBLIN GHOST STORY FESTIVAL

Welcome to Dublin, the City of Ghosts and Guinness!

The literary ghost story in all its guises has deep roots in Ireland – from the domestic hauntings of Mrs. Riddell's Weird Stories to the spectral disturbances of J.S. Le Fanu's In a Glass Darkly; from Elizabeth Bowen's urbane "Demon Lover" to Bram Stoker's blood-drenched and monolithic contribution to literature: Dracula.

The Dublin Ghost Story Festival was created to celebrate the literary ghost story in all its incarnations.

The festival is neither annual nor bi-annual, but held irregularly - whenever the stars are right or the runes are cast. If you'd like to be the first two know when there will be another, sign up to the Swan River Press mailing list and keep an eye on our Facebook page. We make no promises.

Festival Background

'A couple years back I bumped into crime-writer John Connolly on Dame Street. We’d both just come out of the IFI where we had seen Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr Moreau, one of the great genre films that never was. A documentary about a filmmaker with a grand vision – and how it turned into an epic catastrophe.

'I’d obviously not taken the hint, because when I saw John there at the crosswalk I blurted out, “What do you think about doing a ghost story festival here in Dublin?”

'John didn’t hesitate: “It’s a great idea.”

'Had he given pause, things might have been different. One of us might have recognised the suggestion for being the herculean task that it was: organising an entire weekend-long festival (and without funding) to celebrate a literary genre about which we are both passionate. But looking back at that chance meeting, I realise John was completely right. A ghost story festival is a great idea, and being in Dublin we are perfectly situated for it.'

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Dublin Ghost Story Festival 2018

The second Dublin Ghost Story Festival took place on Friday, 29th June – Sunday, 1st July 2018 at the Grand Lodge of Ireland. The guest of honour was Joyce Carol Oates. Other guests included Helen Grant, Andrew Michael Hurley, V. H. Leslie, Rosalie Parker, Nicholas Royle, R. B. Russell, and Lisa Tuttle. The opening evening's entertainment was a tallk given by Reggie Oliver entitled "The Lure of the Ghost Story", followed by a reading of his story "Quieta non Movere". Photos from the weekend can be found on our Facebook page. If you'd like to read more about the weekend, have a look here.

Media
"Creeping Towards Us Again" - Dublin Inquirer
"Return to Dublin or Let's Talk About Ghosts" - Rosanne Rabinowitz
"Haunted Event" - Helen Grant

Dublin Ghost Story Festival 2016

The inaugural Ghost Story Festival took place on Friday, 19th – Sunday, 21st August 2016 at the Grand Lodge of Ireland. The guest of honour was Adam L. G. Nevill. The master of ceremonies was John Connolly. Other guests included A. K. Benedict, Brian Coldrick, Paul Kane, Maura McHugh, David Mitchell, Marie O'Regan, Sarah Pinborough, John Reppion, Lynda E. Rucker, and Angela Slatter. The opening evening's entertainment was Nunkie Theatre Company's "The Ghost Stories of M. R. James". If you'd like to read more about the weekend, have a look here.

Media
"Resurrecting the Literary Ghost Story" - Irish Times
"Dublin Ghost Story Festival Launches" - Irish Times
"Dublin Ghost Story Festival" - HeadStuff Podcast
"Dublin Ghost Story Festival" - Caroline Farrell

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

The Dublin Ghost Story Festival is kindly supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council.

Contact

The best way to get information should there be another Dublin Ghost Story Festival is to join the Swan River Press mailing list or keep an eye on our Facebook page. We can also be contacted by email at brian [at] swanriverpress [dot] ie.


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