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One event taking place in the city next month and which we here at the Sandymount Hotel reckon are certainly well worth a mention is the Dublin’s Writer’s Festival. It’s time to get booking tickets to make sure you don’t miss out.

Remember, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay during the events then it’s best to book early at the Sandymount Hotel in order to avoid disappointment at a later stage. Rooms book up pretty quickly, especially during the spring and summer seasons here in Dublin. This is the 16th year in a row that the Dublin Writers Festival takes place in the city, from May 17 to 25. As in previous years it is expected to attract writers from throughout the UK, Europe and America. That’s because it will undoubtedly host some of the most impressive writing talent on these shores and abroad.

Not only that, but look out for afternoon and evening storytelling, author interviews, debates and discussions and classes offering creative writing tips around many of the city’s impressive and prestigious venues. Chris Judge & the Dublin story bird A lovely event for children featuring Chris Judge is one not to miss. 

Chris Judge is an award-winning illustrator and children’s picture book-maker (The Lonely Beast). He has been specially commissioned by Dublin Writers Festival, as Artist in Residence, to curate a series of pop-up events, in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland. Two events with the following duration: 11–12.20pm & 1–2.20pm, suitable for age 6+. Limited spaces available, early booking advised.


In a nutshell, there will be poets, playwrights, fiction and non-fiction writers and even screenwriters all happy to share their writing secrets with an enraptured audience. It’s no surprise really since Ireland has delivered to the world some of the finest writers of this century and in the past. And Dublin in particular has had its fair share of writing genius in the past. Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, Sean O’Casey, George Bernard Shaw and Bram Stoker anyone? Sandymount Hotel interestingly has a special connection with Irish literature, The poet W.B Yeats was born in Sandymount and Seamus Heaney lived here for many years. Sandymount Hotel is also minutes from the most famous beach in Irish fiction - Sandymount Strand, James Joyce based two episodes of his epic novel Ulysses here. Book online or contact us on +353 (0)1 614 2000 or at  

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Susan is super passionate about hotels and in a past life was a travel writer and hotel critic. As a Dublin native she also loves everything about the city and wants to share her knowledge on all the best bits.