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Dublin Ghost Story Festival 2016
Grand Lodge of Ireland
19 – 21 August 2016

Guest of Honour – Adam Nevill

Adam Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the supernatural horror novels Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, House of Small Shadows, No One Gets Out Alive, and Lost Girl. In 2012 The Ritual was the winner of the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel, and Last Days won the same award in 2013. Adam lives in Devon, England.

Master of Ceremonies – John Connolly

John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968. He studied English at Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University. John is the author of the Charlie Parker mysteries – many of which are infused with the supernatural – as well as three collections of macabre stories The Book of Lost Things, Nocturnes, and Night Music.

Ghost Stories of M.R. James – Nunkie Theatre Company

“Storytelling at its finest” – The Stage. For over a decade, Robert Lloyd Parry has been performing a series of one-man shows based on the stories of M. R. James, the greatest writer of supernatural tales in English. Lloyd Parry’s uncanny resemblance to the author has been noted with a shudder by more than one enthusiastic audience member. “Perfectly judged to send an enjoyable chill down the spine” – Metro.

Esteemed Guests

A.K. Benedict –
Brian Coldrick –
Paul Kane –
Maura McHugh –
David Mitchell –
Marie O’Regan –
Sarah Pinborough –
John Reppion –
Lynda E. Rucker –
Angela Slatter –


Thursday, 18 August – Exhibition Launch: Brian Coldrick’s “Behind You” at Gallery X; 65 South William Street, 6-8pm.

Friday, 19 August – Opening night will feature registration, a whiskey reception, a sneak peek at the dealers room, and Nunkie Theatre Company’s M. R. James play, “Casting the Runes”.

Saturday, 20 August – A full day on Saturday will feature panel discussions of all things ghostly, a mass signing, and an interview with our guest of honour.

Sunday, 21 August – This will be a more relaxed and social day, with more panels, a reading, a book launch, and finally lunch and pints in the pub.

Download the programme


“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

Special Thanks

The Dublin Ghost Story Festival would like to thank the Horror Writers Association, Metalman Brewing Company, Mr. Brendan Kilty SC of James Joyce Whiskey, Giovanni Giusti of Gallery X, Hachette Book Group, and Andy Cox at TTA Press for their generous support.


The festival is neither annual nor bi-annual, but held irregularly – whenever the stars are right or the runes are cast. The best way to get information should there be another Dublin Ghost Story Festival is to subscribe to the Swan River Press newsletter or keep an eye on our Facebook page.