About the Franco-Irish Literary Festival

The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is the result of the successful collaboration between Alliance Française Dublin, the French Embassy and a Franco-Irish committee composed of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academics. It has been supported to great effect by the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Literature Ireland, and various cultural and commercial sponsors from Ireland and France. It was awarded the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature label and has been the recipient of the RTÉ Supporting the Arts scheme.

The Festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers, professionals or artists are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas on the subject in an informal setting. Panel discussions, interviews, readings, signings and exhibitions take place over the 3 days of the Festival: an opening night on Friday evening at The French Library with a performance or a screening / Full day on Saturday at Dublin Castle with the main events, book sales and various exhibitors / a closing literary brunch on Sunday at  Alliance Française Dublin.

For its 21th edition, the Festival will take place online from 15 to 17 April on the theme “Making A Better World” with a very special line-up of guests and events!


Who would have thought that the Franco-Irish Literary Festival would become an annual fixture
on the Dublin cultural calendar? Certainly not
the Festival team who started this amazing
journey 20 years ago!
The Festival’s acclaim has steadily grown thanks
to our ever-enriching editions, its prestigious
guests, appealing themes, loyal and committed
partners, a loyal and growing audience, and a
close-knit and motivated event team ready to
answer to the needs and wills of our audience.

Christine Weld, Festival Manager


Past Editions


Special Thanks:

Christian Bazantay, Secretary General, Servier Monde

Suzie Beaulieu, Member Services Manager, The Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises

Brigitte Bertout, Political Affairs Attaché, Québec Government Office in London

Michael Brophy, Professor, UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, University College Dublin

Michael Cronin, Director of the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, Trinity College

Pierre Gabriel Côté, Agent-General , Québec Government Office in London

Christiaan Feehan, Event Manager, The Office of Public Works, Dublin Castle

Mary Heffernan, General Manager, The Office of Public Works, Dublin Castle

Nora Hickey M'Sichili, Director, Centre Culturel Irlandais de  Paris

Chantal Houdet, Director, The Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises

Jean-Philippe Imbert, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Sexuality Studies, Dublin City University

Pierre Joannon, Former President, Ireland Fund de France

Maureen Kennelly, Director, Arts Council

Dominique Le Meur, Lecturer in French, University of Limerick

Sinéad Mac Aodha, Executive Director at Literature Ireland

Desmond Murphy, General Manager, Servier Industries Ltd (Ireland)

Lily Pol Neveu, Director-Political and Public Affairs, Québec Government Office in London

Eilís Ní Bheilbigh, Feidhmeannach / Executive Officer, Foras na Gaeilge

Éamon Ó Ciosáin, Dr., former lecturer in French, Maynooth University

Éamonn Ó hArgáin, Stiúrthóir Seirbhísí Forbartha , Director of Developmental Services, Foras na Gaeilge

Jean-Michel Picard, Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin

Julie Rodgers, Lecturer in French, Maynooth University

Karl Wallace
, Head of Festivals, Arts Council

Marie Delumeau, Interpreter

Sarah-Ann Kelly, Interpreter