Luthier_vue_1Thursday 14th July – Saturday 16th July @ 1pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €10 / 01 670 3361

Written by Lucy Caldwell, directed by Davey Kelleher, performed by Rob Malone

The Luthier by Lucy Caldwell is a monologue inspired by a story in the New York Times in June 2009.

The play centres around a young apprentice luthier – a violin repairman – in Ramallah. His name is Dawood Al-Suleiman, and his story reveals, as he repairs a violin, a memory from ten years previously, when he was aged nine.

“White phosphorus ignites in the air and when it comes in contact with the skin it burns to the bone and beyond. It burns at 816˚ Celsius or 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit until the oxygen supply is cut off or there is nothing left to burn. You can stand on the other side of the street and watch your mother and your sister and your baby brothers melt and turn to smoke before your eyes and there is nothing you can do, nothing”.

The Luthier was first comimagemissioned by Origin Theatre Company New York (Artistic Director George C. Heslin) for First Irish Festival and opened at 59E59 Theatre in October 2009.

Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, a short story collection, several stage plays and radio dramas. Multitudes, her collection of short stories, was published in May. Her novel All the Beggars Riding was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and was chosen as Belfast’s One City One Book in 2013. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2012, the Dylan Thomas Award, the George Devine Award, the Imison Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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Jerusalem Restaurant, 77 Camden Street, Dublin 2

Friday 15th July, 3pm-4:30pm

Admission free, donations welcome!

Irish poets read in solidarity with Palestine and Palestinians living in Ireland read their favourite poems

The five featured poets, who will read from their own work as well as a Palestinian poem of their choice, are Moya Cannon, Seamus Cashman, Catherine Ann Cullen, John Ennis and Adam Wyeth (short bios below). Fatin Al Tamimi, chair of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a photographer who has lived in Ireland since 1988, will lead Palestinian friends in reading favourite poems from their literature.

The venue is Jerusalem restaurant at 77 Camden St, Dublin, run by acclaimed Palestinian-born chef Basil Ziadeh.

Further information about the event from Catherine Ann Cullen at

Palfest Moya Cannon

Moya Cannon has published five collections of poetry, the most recent being Keats Lives (Carcanet Press, 2015). A bilingual Spanish/English selection of her poems, Aves de Invierno, translated by the distinguished Argentinian poet, Jorge Fondebrider, was published by Editorial Pre-Textos in Spain in October 2015. She is a member of Aosdána.

Palfest Seamus-Cashman

Seamus Cashman set up Wolfhound Press in 1974. He has edited many books of poetry including Something Beginning With P (O’Brien Press 2004). His fourth collection, The Sistine Gaze, was published by Salmon in April 2015. Seamus was a judge for the 2013 International Mamilla Poetry Festival in Ramallah, and edited its English-language anthology.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACatherine Ann Cullen’s third collection of poetry, and first with Dedalus Press, The Other Now, is forthcoming in October 2016. She has also written two books for children and is researching a creative writing PhD in Middlesex University. She is a member of the Palfest Ireland committee and the Gaza Kids to Ireland campaign.


Palfest john ennisJohn Ennis has written many books of poetry. Two of his latest include Gaza Ground Zero (Bookhub, 2015, proceeds to Medical Aid for Palestine) and Eurydice 29 (Bookhub, 2016, proceeds to His sonnet “In Praise of Khalida Jarrar” will appear in the forthcoming In the Deep Heart’s Core anthology by Dedalus Press.


Palfest Adam WyethAdam Wyeth is a poet, playwright and essayist who was born in Sussex and lives in Dublin. His critical book, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in contemporary Irish poetry (Salmon) was published in 2013. His second collection of poetry, The Art of Dying, will be published by Salmon in October 2016.




Friday 15th July, 5pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Entry to this event is free; donations welcome

Historian and Alternative Tourism Group Coordinator Ayman Abu Alzulof will give an insightful account into the everyday reality of life under constant occupation in Palestine, the history of the area and the importance of Alternative Tourism to Palestine.

Ayman Abu Alzulof works at the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG), a Palestinian NGO specialising in atg tours that present a critical look at the history, culture and politics of Palestine and its complex relationship with Israel. Located in Beit Sahour, the ATG was founded as a non-profit tourist agency in 1995, when many Palestinians felt that their contemporary culture and the political realities they were living did not find adequate expression in conventional pilgrim-oriented tourism – often organised by Israeli tour companies hostile to the Palestinian experience.

Ayman will also speak after the screening of The Wanted 18 (Wed. 13th July @ 6:30pm, Lighthouse Cinema), as one of the activists involved in hiding 18 cows declared a threat to Israeli security, because of the free milk they provided for local Palestinian families.

Palestinian Cookery Classes with the Silk Road Kitchen

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July @ 5pm

Silk Road Kitchen

Unit 12, K.C.R Industrial Estate, Kimmage, Dublin 12

Places limited to 15. Book early to avoid disappointment!

To book your place at this PalFest event, please email Katie at

Tickets €40 for two hour class (payable on the day)

10982462_839636072764907_7471377205262912038_nAbraham Phelan, the head chef behiFalafel smaller pic(1)nd the famous Silk Road Café in the Chester Beatty Library, will be hosting a Palestinian cookery lesson on Saturday 11th July in the Silk Road Kitchen, Kimmage as part of PalFest Ireland. Abraham has more than 40 years of experience in cooking Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food and he has had several restaurants in Greece and Ireland. Places at the cookery lesson are restricted to 15, so please book early to avoid disappointment. The lesson will explore the flavours and textures of Palestinian cookery which is such a vital and vibrant part of the culture and way of life of Palestine. The class will include traditional Palestinian brunch recipes such as hummus, falafel, baba ganoush and shakshoka.


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Monday 11th – Saturday 16th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €12.50 / 01 670 3361

Written and performed by Katie O’Kelly, directed by Davey Kelleher

From a dull day in Tesco to the dusty fields of Palestine.
In the blink of an eye.
What the fuck just happened?

A rainy day in Dublin. A jaded supermarket employee rips a boycott sticker off a bottle of olive oil. And the Palestinian olive tree of history comes to life before her…The Olive Tree low res

A magic realist journey into the stories and struggles of Palestine, past, present and future.

“Remarkably funny…lyrical and intelligent language makes the political personal” – The Reviews Hub

“O’Kelly performs all the roles with a clean, clear and sharp wit” – No More Workhorse

“A story told with magic and emotional realness” – Pure M Magazine




Friday 15th July, 8pm

Peacock Theatre

Under the Abbey Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Tickets: €20/€15 conc.

To book tickets, please click here

Palestinian playwright and author Ahmed Masoud will be teaming up with world-renowned trad band Kila for what promises to be an engaging and inspiring evening of literature and music in the Peacock Theatre!

Ahmed Masoud is a Gaza-born London-based Palestinian writer whose book Vanished was shortlisted for the Memo Palestinian Book Awards 2015. His theatre credits includeThe Shroud Maker (London 2015), Walaa, Loyalty (London 2014, funded by Arts Council England), Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea (London and Edinburgh 2009) and Escape from Gaza (BBC Radio 4, 2011). Ahmed is the founder of Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre (2005) where he wrote and directed several productions in London, with subsequent European tours. He was recently stopped by Israel from entering his homeland to take part in the Palestinian Festival of Literature, where he was due to read in an international programme headlined by Colum McCann and JM Coetzee.
Kila are one of Ireland’s best-known globe-trotting traditional music bands, who also co-composed and played the music for Oscar-nominated animation features The Book of Kells and The Song Of The Sea. They also composed and played music for the Prix Europa-winning radio series Francisco. They have produced more than 15 cds over their 20-year career, including Suas Síos, Lemonade and Buns, Tóg é Go Bog é.Kila are composed of Ronán O Snodaigh, Brian Hogan, Dee Armstrong, Colm Ó Snodaigh, Seanan Brennan, Rossa Ó Snodaigh and Dave Hingerty.