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Harbour Lights , A literary Evening

November 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Harbour Lights , A Literary Evening 19:30 Thursday 23rd November 2017


Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company welcomes a Bicentenary literary celebration this November 23rd. Local authors Bernard Farrell, Julie Parsons and Declan Hughes will join local historian Rob Goodbody for a free literary evening.  The authors will read and discuss their work, significant parts of which are set in the town of Dun Laoghaire.


Dun Laoghaire resident & crime writer Julie Parsons returns after a 9 year break and will discuss the influence Dun Laoghaire has had on her new thriller “The Therapy House” and her other works.

Novelist, author & playwright Declan Hughes will bring his wealth of experience of the literary world and speak about how the harbour has influenced his work.

Award winning playwright Bernard Farrell was born and raised close to the harbour in Sandycove. Bernard will bring a touch of comedy to the event and discuss his extensive career in theatre & arts.


Speakers will discuss their work and the ways in which it has been nourished by a sense of place and local context with moderator & local Historian Rob Goodbody. Guests will be invited to take part in Q&A session at the end of the event. 

Event Location: Dun Laoghaire, Ferry Terminal Building

Event Time / Date: 19:30 Thursday 23rd November 2017

Tickets: Tickets are free but spaces at this event are limited. 





Julie Parsons was born in New Zealand but has lived most of her life in Ireland. Formerly a radio and television producer with RTÉ, she has been writing full time since her first novel, Mary, Mary, was published in 1998. A commercial and critical success, it has been translated into seventeen languages. Her most recent novel, her first in nine years, The Therapy House, earned rave reviews and has been shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in the crime category. 

She is married and lives in Dun Laoghaire. Co Dublin, within sight of the sea. The sea, with all its power, beauty and mystery, is hugely important to her.


Declan Hughes is a novelist and playwright. After graduating from TCD, he co-founded Rough Magic Theatre Company and was joint-artistic director for ten years, and writer-in-association thereafter. His plays include I Can’t Get Started; Digging For Fire; Twenty Grand; Shiver and The Last Summer. His first novel, The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus Award for Best First novel and the Le Point magazine prize for best European crime novel.

He has written five other novels, most recently, All The Things You Are. Declan was writer-in-residence at TCD in 2014 and at UCD in 2017.

He grew up in Dalkey and has lived beside the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire for the last ten years; he can see the East Pier from his bedroom window.


Bernard Farrell was born in Sandycove in 1939. He was awarded The Rooney Prize for Literature in 1980, The Sunday Tribune Comedy of the year Award for ‘Forty Four Sycamore’ in 1992, and in 1998 ‘Kevin’s Bed’ was nominated as best Irish Play in the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards. He was Writer-In-Association at the Abbey Theatre in 1996/97. His work has been performed all over Ireland, and has been produced overseas in the USA, Canada, the UK and elsewhere.

He has written a number of radio plays and has also written for television, notably for the long-running RTÉ series ‘Glenroe’.  Bernard is a member of Aosdána. He lives in Greystones in County Wicklow.


Rob Goodbody is a historic building consultant, local historian and author. He has lectured widely and has published five books, including The Metals – from Dalkey to Dún Laoghaire. He is joint author of four other books, including The Martello Towers of Dublin. His guided walks have included the Metals, the Houses of Dún Laoghaire and the Industrial Heritage of Dún Laoghaire.


November 23, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company


Dun Laoghaire Harbour