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Submissions now open for the 2018 Red Line Book Festival ITT Short Story Competition

The Institute of Technology, Tallaght [Dublin, Ireland] in association with the Red Line Book Festival and South Dublin County Council are pleased to announce the opening of the ITT Short Story Competition 2018 for entries. This year's competition will be judged by award-winning author Deirdre Sullivan.

The competition is free to enter and submissions should be received via this online form by 12pm GMT on 13th August 2018. 

First Prize: €500

Second Prize: €250

Third Prize: €150 

International entries are welcome. Further information and the submission form are now available online at:

Announcing The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2018

South Dublin County Council is delighted to announce the opening of the 2018 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. This is a hugely popular event each year which receives entries from all across Ireland! This year we are honoured to have Adam Wyeth, a renowned poet and exceptional talent, as our judge for the competition. The winners of this competition will receive the following prizes: 1st Place €300, 2nd Place €200 and 3rd Place €100. 

Download the 2018 Competition Rules here (as a word document)

Download the 2018 Competition Application Form here (as a word document)

The closing date for entries is Friday 10th August 2018 and this year will only be accepted by email. Check out the rules above for more information. The shortlist will be announced on Friday 14th September 2018. For more information, visit the Poetry Competition page.

Open Call for Red Line Book Festival 2018

The Red Line Book Festival would like to invite authors, poets and publishers to submit Expressions of Interest for consideration. Submissions will be accepted by post between 20th February and 20th March 2018. Guidelines and an application form are available here as a PDF or Word document.

Red Line Book Festival is over for another year and we hope that you enjoyed exploring this years fantastic line up of events with us. A huge thank you to the audiences that attended, the school groups that joined us, the venues who hosted productions, the performers who produced fantastic shows, our wonderful facilitators and those who were working behind the scenes. None of this would be possible without you!

For a chance to revisit some of the amazing moments of 2017 why not go to our Facebook page? We'll soon be busy planning for Red Line 2018 - key an eye out here for updates!

Shortlist for The 2017 Red Line Book Festival ITT Short Story Competition announced!

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted short stories, judged by Colm Keegan, in The 2017 Red Line Book Festival Poetry IT Tallaght Short Story Competition!

The shortlist, in alphabetical order by title, is: 

 A History of Art and Sex - Mrs Ursula Brunetti

Coronary Care - Mr Tony Devlin

Deals with Dad - Mr Thomas Nicholson

Game Over - Ms Jennifer Moore

I Sent A Pray to God - Ms Dee Roycroft

Kind - Ms Melaine Napthine

Lost and Found - Mr Fred Canavan

Plighting Eddie's Troth - Dr Pat Nolan

Searching for Seuss - Ms Hilary Boyd

Triptych - Mr Rodney Oglesby

Shortlisted entrants are invited to read their work at our Short Story Award Ceremony in the Civic Theater on Thursday 12 Oct, where the winners will be announced.

Congratulations again to all our shortlisted authors, and we look forward to hearing you read in the 2017 Red Line Book Festival!

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition Winners

There was a great turn out At the Poetry First event on October 11 where the winners of the the poetry competition winners judged by Mary O'Donnell were announced. Thank you to everyone who showed up, and a big thank you to all of our talented participants who entered and those who made the shortlist, you were all amazing. Congratulations to our overall winners. The poetry winners are announced as follows:- 

First Prize:

Evan Costigan The Lean Season

Second Prize:

Annemarie Ní Chuirreáin Six Ways to Wash Your Hands (Ayliffe 1978)

Third Prize:

Benjamin Keatinge Spring, Ballintemple

For more information please click here

TEDxTallaght 2017: The Propagation of Ideas - 12 October 2017

Tickets on Sale Friday 1 September

Book here or through The Civic Theatre's Box Office (01 4627477) - To see who'll be speaking on the night, visit our  2017 Speakers page. 

"Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering.

Otherwise both will wither and die."

B. R. Ambedkar

The Red Line Book Festival 11th – 15th October 2017

The Red Line Book Festival is a celebration of all things literary. It provides a programme of events and workshops aimed to attract culturally curious audiences of all ages and interests from both the local and wider community. The initiative is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.

The festival features events in a range of venues, from purpose-built theatre spaces (Civic Theatre, RUA RED Arts Centre), to historic buildings (Rathfarnham Castle, Pearse Museum at St. Enda’s Park and The Clondalkin Round Tower Centre), to our branch libraries, and even in a chocolate factory (The Chocolate Warehouse) and a local Pub Theatre, The Cherrytree.

With some 40 events organised for the 2017 festival, a selection of home-grown and international talent will be presented. Showcasing the best of Irish writing, Dermot Bolger will chat with John Banville (“The Sea”), Mike McCormack (“Solar Bones”), Sara Baume (“Spill Simmer Falter Wither”), Julie Parsons (“The Therapy House”), Lisa Harding (“Harvesting”) and the inimitable Mary O’Rourke (“Just Mary”) on Readers Day (Saturday October 14th).

Coordinating this year’s literary strand is Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin (also known as crime writer Sam Blake). This year, she has gathered an exciting group of writers including Tanya Farrelly, Catherine Brophy, Phyl Herbert, Kevin Toolis and David Butler who will delight audiences with their performances, talks and workshops. Poets also have much to look forward to with Nessa O Mahoney chairing a panel discussion on First Collections with Brian Kirk, Eamonn Lynskey and Phil Lynch.

Forming part of our schools programme, we are delighted to feature a talk by Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch with special guest Eoin Colfer; a fun, family event about The Myth and Magic of Harry Potter; as well as an exciting event about digital comics for teenagers.

Always a highlight, and returning to us in 2017, is RTÉ’s acclaimed Sunday Miscellany programme which will be recorded live during the festival with a host of local literary and musical content.

The festival has always had a strong theatrical strand, and this year is no different. Completing our schools programme will be a range of engaging theatre performances from Lyngo Theatre, Booster Cushion Theatre for Children, and Fíbín Theatre. Adults have their own set of theatrical delights in store with productions from Bruiser Theatre, Show in a Bag, Celia de Freine and Robert Gogan. We will also have a talk and live demonstration from chefs and authors, David and Stephen Flynn, of The Happy Pear.

Our ever-popular Red Line Poetry Competition and ITT Short Story Competition are now advertised and will be judged by Mary O’ Donnell and Colm Keegan respectively with prize-giving ceremonies held during the festival. Further details on the festival and competitions can be found at

We look forward to seeing you at Red Line Book Festival 2017!

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2017 

Submissions now OPEN! 

South Dublin County Council is delighted to announce the opening of the annual Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. This is a hugely popular event each year which receives entries from all across Ireland. This year we are honoured to have Mary O’Donnell, a renowned poet and novelist of exceptional talent, as our judge for the competition. 

For more information on the rules of the competition and how you can enter click here. 

The closing date for entries is Friday 11th August 2017.

We look forward to receiving your submissions! 


The ITT Short Story Competition 2017 

The short story competition, run in conjunction with South Dublin County Council and in association with the Redline Festival, is now open for submissions.

It is the intention of the organisers that the winning and short listed entries will be published in an anthology or other format. Non prize winning entries will receive no remuneration.

All entries must be in short story format – a short work of fiction. There is no restriction on theme or style, the only requirement is that the story should stir the readers spirit! The work should be completely the entrants own, written in English, original and unpublished.

Entries should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length – Falsification of information and/or identity, plagiarism, racial discrimination and bigotry will see entries disqualified.

Full entry criteria and submission forms can be found here. 

The Anthology of 2016 shortlisted entries - Together: an anthology: 10 Short listed stories from the IT Tallaght Short Story Competition, 2016: Volume 1- has just been published and is available to buy online. 


Thank you!

Already looking forward to Red Line Book Festival 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the Red Line Book Festival 2016 especially all in the South Dublin Libraries who work tirelessly to create the exceptional programme, South Dublin County Council for their support, TL Marketing for their event management expertise, The Civic Theatre for the use of their venues and their staff and their help with the ticketing, all of our other venues including the local libraries, RUA RED, IT Tallaght, Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham Castle, The Chocolate Warehouse, The Coachhouse and Timbertrove Cafe. We would also like to thank all of our authors, performers and contributors for filling the event with life and celebrating the spoken word. Many thanks all of the local hotels, restaurants and businesses that offered discounts and packages to guests attending the events. And last but certainly not least we would like to thank all of you who attended our events and supported the festival, we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did! Looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

Sunday Miscellany at Red Line Book Festival 2016

Red Line Event Available Online 

The Sunday Miscellany Live event from Red Line Book Festival is now available to  listen to online and details on the pieces featured can be seen by clicking here. It is an excellent combination of written word from some of our local South Dublin talent, as well as musical interludes.

Short Story Competition - 2016 Winners

Winner Announced

Firstly, we would like to thank IT Tallaght for coordinating this competition and congratulate them on the success of the competition with 134 entries in its first year across 14 countries. We would also like to thank Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin for taking time out of her busy schedule to judge the entries and select the eventual winners. Last but certainly not least we would like to commend all those who entered the competition, particularly our 10 shortlisted authors as the standard was exceptionally high. Last Sunday, at a great event, attended by the shortlisted winners, their families and members of the IT Tallaght and RLBF team we announced the 3 overall winners. See details below:

1st Place: David Butler - Aphasia

2nd Place: Neasa McHale - Playing on Fences

3rd Place: Andrew Watson - Hamlin