La passion reste en suspens dans le monde,
prête à traverser les gens qui veulent
bien se laisser traverser par elle

Marguerite Duras



Sex and Sensibility: this is the theme which the Dublin Franco-Irish Literary Festival has chosen to explore from head to toe for its 19th edition, on 23 to 25 March 2018.

This universal yet complex subject conjures up a full spectrum of possibilities, from the most dazzling beauty, that of free and consensual relations, to the darkness of predation. These three days of discussion will present an opportunity to explore the intricacies — psychological, political, behavioural or economic and, of course, cultural and artistic — of a theme which intimately binds the singular with the collective.

Reflecting the multiplicity of this subject, the Festival’s thirteen guests will include Irish and French speaking authors, as well as novelists, a psychiatrist, a poet, a musician, a psychologist, a humanitarian, a philosopher, and a teacher.

We want to extend our warmest thanks to them for their participation in this event, which we hold so dear. As in previous years, this literary gathering will bring our two countries together by holding roundtable discussions, details of which can be found within the pages of this programme. In addition to these debates, lectures, signings and a popup bookshop will be offered. And this year, cabaret artists will provide a delightfully festive showpiece for the opening evening at the Alliance Française.

Jointly organised by the Alliance Française Dublin and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, this event owes its continued success to the precious partners and sponsors whose generosity we are delighted to acknowledge. Our sincere thanks to the Arts Council, Literature Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, the Irish Writers Centre, and to the French and Irish companies, in particular Servier Monde Laboratories and CRH.

As for you, our dear guests, we are immensely grateful as always for your ongoing loyalty and enthusiasm, without which this festival would not be on the cusp of its 20th year.


Frédérique Tarride
Cultural Counsellor
French Embassy in Ireland

Thierry Lagnau
Director / Délégué Général
Alliance Française Dublin








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