Previous Events

Bodies‘  by Christine Anne Foley
Book Launch
The Gutter Bookshop Temple Bar
Monday 4th July 6.30pm until 7.30pm

You were everything I ever wanted. Johnny was my first. I was seventeen and I was only brave enough to talk to him after I’d had three vodkas. He was only brave enough to kiss me when no-one else was around. Dave was different. We didn’t go out or see friends. We were each other’s world. Dave was all I needed.
We were toxic before it became fashionable. Kyle was my best friend. And that was the problem. Or at least that’s what he said was the problem. Because friends can hook up but they can’t date. Adam was meant to be some harmless fun. I met him in a hotel and he was wearing an Adidas tracksuit. Casual but cute. He was anything but harmless. And then I met You. And things went from bad to worse.
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Patrick GaleMy Family and Other Rock Stars‘ by Tiffany Murray
Book Launch
The Gutter Bookshop Temple Bar
Monday 1st July 6.30pm until 7.30pm

In a small corner of a field in Wales, Tiffany Murray is hiding with Boggle the dog, dreaming of her mum’s moussaka, blackberry and apple crumble, and, if she’s lucky, ice-cold lemonade. A sheep bleats.
The smell of hay tickles her nose. The twang of a guitar and crack of a snare carry on the breeze. It’s the late 1970s and Tiff lives with her mum, Joan, at Rockfield, the iconic recording studios.
This place of legend, where some of the most famous rock albums of all time were recorded, is the background to a freewheeling, ever-changing whirlwind of a childhood. Tiff’s days are spent running around the farm, making friends with local wildlife and helping out with the endless array of dishes her mum creates to keep the bands fed. She’s looking for a dog, she’s looking for a father; but the one constant throughout is her and Joan, building an unconventional family in the most unlikely of locations.
My Family and Other Rock Stars is Tiff’s remarkable, truly unique story of growing up in a rural idyll, of Cordon Bleu cookery and of a childhood where the chances of bumping into Freddie Mercury playing piano, or a group of Hell’s Angels turning up to record for Lemmy, or even the hope of David Bowie appearing, were as normal as hopscotch and homework.
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Patrick GaleDalkey Book Festival
Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th June 2024

A festival that celebrates and fosters literary talent in. Ireland as well as hosting some of the world’s leading writers and thinkers since 2010.

We are delighted to be working with Dalkey Book Festival again this year, it is a weekend not be be missed. Keep an eye on their website or sign up for their newsletter to book early and avoid disappointment.

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Derek Forbes ‘A Very Simple Mind
Reading + Q&A 
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Tuesday 2nd April 6.30pm until 7.30pm

The long-awaited autobiography by Derek Forbes, the Simple Minds legend known for those iconic spine-rattling bass riffs which we recognise in many Simple Minds’ songs. This is his story. Derek Forbes started his musical career as a lead guitarist but soon changed to bass guitarist.
He is known for those iconic spine-rattling bass riffs which we recognise in most Simple Minds’ songs and he wrote and co-wrote many of the band’s earliest classics. Derek is also well-known on the international stage as songwriter and bassist for Big Country and Propaganda and has recorded with Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Kirsty MacColl. He won an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Outstanding Song Collection’ in 2016 for his song writing for Simple Minds, voted best bass player in the World 1982 and best- bass player from Scotland in 2010.
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Patrick GaleThe Freedom Within‘ Gerry Hussey in conversation
with Clare McKenna

External Event  – 1WML
Dublin Book Festival Spring Series
Wednesday 10th April 6pm

It’s time to discover the power of emotional choice, with the author of Number One bestseller Awaken Your Power WithinDo you find yourself dwelling in unhelpful emotions like fear, anxiety and overwhelm?End
lessly chasing something intangible to help you feel ‘enough’?What if a life of greater ease and joy is available to you?In his new book The Freedom Within, bestselling author and health coach Gerry Hussey gives us a remarkable insight into the truth about human emotions: how they shape every aspect of our lives and how every emotion we hold is either enabling or disabling us, healing or hurting us. From understanding the impact of early childhood experiences, family dynamics and unconscious beliefs, to discovering how to unlock our emotional triggers and establish healthy boundaries, this transformative guide shows us how we can redirect our energy from a place of emotional pain to one of power and begin living with incredible inner peace. Step out of the shadows of your past. Connect to your truest self. Discover your emotional superpower.
This Event is Ticketed.

Patrick GaleOne Dublin One BookSnowflake‘ by Louise Nealon
External Event
Samuel Beckett Theatre
Thursday 18th April 7pm until 9.30pm

Join us for a special evening when author Louise Nealon will be in conversation with RTE broadcaster, Rick O’Shea about her novel Snowflake, how she was inspired to write it and what interests her for future writing projects.

Debbie White lives on a dairy farm with her mother, Maeve, and her uncle, Billy. Billy sleeps out in a caravan in the garden with a bottle of whiskey and the stars overhead for company. Maeve spends her days recording her dreams, which she believes to be prophecies.
This world is Debbie’s normal, but she is about to step into life as a student at Trinity College Dublin. As she navigates between sophisticated new friends and the family bubble, things begin to unravel. Maeve’s eccentricity tilts into something darker, while Billy’s drinking gets worse.
Debbie struggles to cope with the weirdest, most difficult parts of herself and her small life. But if the Whites are mad, they are also fiercely loving, and each other’s true place of safety. Startling, fresh and utterly unique, Snowflake is a story of messy families, messier friendships and how new chapters often mean starting right back at the beginning.
This Event is Sold Out.

Patrick Gale‘Olanda’ by Rafał Wojasiński 
European Book Club Meeting in association with EUNIC Ireland & Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin
The Gutter Bookshop Temple Bar
Thursday 25th April 6.30pm until 7.30pm

Awarded the prestigious Marek Nowakowski Prize for 2019, Olanda introduces us to a world we glimpse only through the window of our train, as we hurry from one important city to another: a provincial world of dilapidated farmhouses and sagging apartment blocks, overgrown cemeteries and village drunks; a world seemingly abandoned by God — and yet full of the basic human joy of life itself. Our English translation of Olanda, which includes the radio play Old Man Kalina, brings one of Poland’s great contemporary writers of fiction to the wider world for the first time. These narratives may not contain the entire world, just like a village at the end of a dirt road running through ponds, that floods after a heavy rain, does not contain all that may be found in Warsaw. But the world they contain is an intriguing one, in which everyone, from aging beauties through gravedigger philosophers, defrocked seminarians and even the occasional politician, is welcome.
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome – reserving a ticket strongly advised.

Patrick Gale‘The Instruments of Darkness‘ by John Connolly
Book Launch
The Gutter Bookshop Temple Bar
Monday 29th April 6.30pm until 7.30pm

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A Child Missing. A Mother Accused. Charlie Parker Is Their Only Hope.
In Maine, Colleen Clark stands accused of the worst crime a mother can commit: the abduction and possible murder of her child. Everyone – ambitious politicians in an election season, hardened police, ordinary folk – has an opinion on the case, and most believe she is guilty. But most is not all.
Defending Colleen is the lawyer Moxie Castin, and working alongside him is the private investigator Charlie Parker, who senses the tale has another twist, one involving a husband too eager to accept his wife’s guilt, a disgraced psychic seeking redemption, and an old crooked house deep in the Maine woods, a house that should never have been built. A house, and what dwells beneath.
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Patrick Gale‘The Irish Construction Cycle 1970-2023
by Nicholas Mansergh
Book Launch

The Gutter Bookshop Temple Bar
Tuesday 30th April 6.30pm until 7.30pm

Ireland has the most cyclical construction sector in Europe, equalled only by Spain. Except for an interlude of normality in the early 1990s, it has been dominated for half a century by booms, busts, slow and painful recoveries, housing shortages and surpluses, soaring and crashing prices. Unless this exceptional cyclicality is tackled, it may frustrate reforms and disrupt housing markets more or less indefinitely.
This work is a forensic and necessary examination of one of the most pressing issues facing Irish society today. It describes how policies on each stage of the development process have evolved, and suggests systematic changes to incentives affecting each of them, designed to minimise the negative impacts of cyclical swings.
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Patrick Gale

External Event
NCH Talks: An Audience with Elizabeth Day 13th March 8pm

Growing up, bestselling author, broadcaster and host of the hit podcast How To Fail, Elizabeth Day, wanted to make everyone like her. Lacking friends at school, she grew up to believe that quantity equalled quality. Having lots of friends meant you were loved, popular and safe. She was determined to become a Good Friend. And, in many ways, she did.
Then, when a global pandemic hit in 2020, she was one of thousands of people forced to reassess what friendship really meant to them. With the crisis came a dawning realisation: her truest friends were not the ones she had been spending most time with. Why was this? Could she rebalance it? Was there such thing as…too many friends? And was she the friend she thought she was?

In conversation with a special guest host Louise O’Neill, Elizabeth will unpick the significance and evolution of friendship to celebrate the paperback publication of her Number 1 Sunday Times bestselling book Friendaholic: Confessions of a Friendship Addict. From ghosting to frenemies, to social media and communication styles, to the impact of seismic life events, no stone will be unturned as they explore friendships of all shapes and sizes.

Patrick GaleExternal Event
NCH Talks: Armistead Maupin 20th March 8pm

Bestselling, much-loved author and LGBT activist, Armistead Maupin, is heading back out on the road to celebrate the long-awaited tenth novel in the Tales of the City series – Mona of the Manor.
Maupin has been blazing a trail through US popular culture since the1970’s, when his iconic and ground-breaking series Tales of the City was first published as a column in The San Francisco Chronicle. The novel series has been taking the literary world by storm ever since and was recently adapted by Netflix into a critically acclaimed series, starring Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Elliot Page.

Don’t miss the chance to join America’s ultimate storyteller in conversation with Rory O’Neill, as he recounts his favourite tales from the past four decades, offering his own engaging observations on society and the world we inhabit.

Patrick GaleTrudie Gorman ‘Trust the Damage
Book Launch
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Wednesday 27th March 6.30pm until 7.30pm

In Trust the Damage, her deeply intimate debut poetry collection, Trudie Gorman explores the connection between class, poverty, and illness. Journeying from a council estate in the 90s to the fractured ecosystem of the present day, she contends with the grief of losing her body to illness, whilst also finding hope and connection.
The body in all of its morphisms is the main character here, while memory, legacy, violence against women, healthcare, working-class culture and love ripple through the collection in vibrant coexistence. The poems are at once visceral and unflinching in their depictions, yet always stretch towards the light, capturing what it means for a life to bloom in the dark.
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Patrick GaleTanja Maljartschuk ‘Forgottenness
Book Launch

The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Thursday 7th March 2024 6.30pm until 7.30pm

Two tales intertwined in a profound double portrait, Forgottenness painstakingly traces parallels between the historical and the contemporary, the collective and the individual, between the  stories of two people born on the same day, a century apart.
The narrator, a writer grappling with her growing anxiety and obsessive thoughts, becomes fixated on Viacheslav Lypynskyi (1882–1931), a once-significant figure in the struggle for Ukrainian independence who has since fallen into oblivion, into the gaping mouth of Time.
As she plunges into her nation’s history to come to terms with her own, we slowly uncover the complex relationship between time, memory and identity to confront the question – what does it mean to remember?
This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Paula Guidea ‘Want
Book Launch

The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Thursday 29th February 2024 6.30pm until 7.30pm

In the heat of a summer break in Dublin, Darcy, a university student in her final year, navigates a world steeped in the complexities of woke culture. As her peers immerse themselves in the fervour of social justice and activism, Darcy grapples with the pressure to conform, feeling like an outsider in her own life. Behind closed doors, Darcy bears the weight of a secret world. She is the silent guardian of her grandmother, a woman lost to the clutches of dementia. In the shadows of her responsibilities, Darcy conceals the haunting tragedy of losing her parents in a devastating accident, shielding herself from the pitying glances of her friends. Amidst the societal expectations and her hidden burdens, Darcy seeks solace in the embrace of someone unexpected during moments of vulnerability. However, the truth remains elusive as she wrestles with the intricacies of her own desires, morals and confusion. At the heart of Darcy’s journey is Jessica, an ex-lover whose presence looms large, a constant reminder of the crux moments that shaped her past. Their tangled history serves as a mirror reflecting Darcy’s inner struggles, forcing her to confront the layers of deception she has woven to protect herself. This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Doreen Cunningham & Alice Kinsella
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Thursday 13th April 2023 6.30pm until 7.30pm

Join us in our Temple Bar bookshop for this special evening with two brilliant authors in conversation to discuss their new books.

Alice Kinsella was in her mid-twenties when she became pregnant with her first child, newly engaged and about to embark on a life in an unfamiliar town on the west coast of Ireland. Into this warm cocoon, this big, empty house, would arrive a little baby. And soon Alice’s world began to expand and contract in ways she could never have imagined. Set against the backdrop of a seemingly changed Ireland, in Milk Alice draws for us her own map of motherhood, a crucial reflection spanning nine months of pregnancy and the first nine months of her child’s life. Intimate, warm, startlingly vivid and gentle, this is at once a delicate reflection on a moment of gigantic change in body and mind and a powerful, often painful confrontation of the politics of a country so deeply unsure about its women.

Doreen Cunningham first visited Alaska as a young journalist reporting on climate change among indigenous whaling communities. There, drawn deeply into an Inupiaq family, she joined the bowhead whale hunt, watching for polar bears under the never-ending light. Years later, now a single mother living in a hostel, Doreen embarks on this extraordinary journey: following the grey whale migration back to the Arctic, where greys and bowheads meet at the melting apex of our planet. ‘Soundings got under my skin. I finished it in tears’ AMY LIPTROT. This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

Book Launch for Cacophony of Bone by Kerri ní Dochartaigh
The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Tuesday 2nd May 6.30pm until 8pm

Join us in our Temple Bar bookshop for the launch of Kerri ní Dochartaigh’s brilliant new memoir ‘Cacophony of Bone’. Two days after the Winter Solstice in 2019 Kerri and her partner M moved to a small, remote railway cottage in the heart of Ireland. They were looking for a home, somewhere to stay put. What followed was a year of many changes. The pandemic arrived and their isolated home became a place of enforced isolation. It was to be a year unlike any we had seen before. But the seasons still turned, the swallows came at their allotted time, the rhythms of the natural world went on unchecked. For Kerri there was to be one more change, a longed-for but unhoped for change. Cacophony of Bone maps the circle of a year – a journey from one place to another, field notes of a life – from one winter to the next. It is a telling of a changed life, in a changed world – and it is about all that does not change. All that which simply keeps on – living and breathing, nesting and dying – in spite of it all. When the pandemic came time seemed to shapeshift, so this is also a book about time. It is, too, a book about home, and what that can mean. Fragmentary in subject and form, fluid of language, this is an ode to a year, a place, and a love, that changed a life. This Event is Free and Everyone is Welcome.

We are delighted to be working with Sophie White to launch her new novel “My Hot Friend” at a very special evening at The Bernard Shaw in Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Sophie will be joined by special guests Louise McSharry and Emer McLysaght on the night and they’ll be discussing Sophie’s brand-new novel “My Hot Friend” in what is sure to be a fun and uproarious evening. Your ticket includes a copy of “My Hot Friend” and there will be an opportunity to get it signed by Sophie on the night.

MOTHER OF POD LIVE! To mark the launch of Sophie’s new book, My Hot Friend, Jen and Soph are dusting off their fallopian tubes and doing their first MOP live in four years! On stage they’ll be covering it all, from snack corner to crotch corner and everything in between, as well as a highly interactive game of chat roulette! Your ticket includes a copy of “My Hot Friend” and there will be an opportunity to get it signed by Sophie on the night.


Irish Book Week : Book Signing with Oliver Jeffers
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane
Date: Friday 21st October 2022 at 4pm
Join us in The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar for a book signing with a very special guest – Oliver Jeffers! ‘Meanwhile Back On Earth’ is a captivating new companion to international bestsellers ‘Here We Are’ and ‘What We’ll Build‘. A father takes his two children on a thrilling out-of-this-world adventure into space and invites them to look back at Earth and the conflicts that have taken place since the beginning of time. This becomes a brief history of the world and a whistle-stop guide to the universe, all rolled into one – and told with Oliver Jeffers’s inimitable perspective, wit and exquisite artwork. Meanwhile Back on Earth gives a unique look at life on Earth with a cosmic perspective – and an enduring message that what binds us together matters more than what sets us apart. A timely story for families everywhere. This Book Signing is Free and Everyone is Welcome to come along!

Irish Launch for ‘The Free’ by Willy Vlautin

Venue: The Gutter Bookshop
Date: Tuesday 28th January – 6.30pm until 8pm
We are delighted to welcome Willy Vlautin, bestselling author of critically-acclaimed novel ‘Lean on Pete’ as well as ‘The Motel Life’ and ‘Northline’ to The Gutter Bookshop for the Irish launch of his new book ‘The Free.’ Willy will read from ‘The Free’ as well as discussing his work with Roddy Doyle who will also officially launch the book. Free and Everyone Welcome.

Writers at Smock Alley: John Connolly with music from Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell

Venue: The Smock Alley Theatre
Date: Thursday 20th March – 6.30pm until 8pm
To celebrate the launch of the new Charlie Parker thriller, John Connolly will be joined by musicians Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell in what promises to be a unique and thrilling evening. This event is free but ticketed. Free tickets are available from the Smock Alley Theatre or The Gutter Bookshop. Online bookings are subject to a €1 admin fee.

Dublin Writers Festival ‘Off The Page’ – Emma Donoghue at The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Venue: The Printworks, Dublin Castle
Date: Saturday 29th March – 2.30pm until 4pm
We are delighted to be supporting Dublin Writers Festival’s ‘Off The Page’ series by welcoming bestselling author of ‘Room’, Emma Donoghue back to Dublin to discuss her new novel ‘Frog Music’ the story of Blanche Beunon, a burlesque dancer living in San Francisco in the stifling summer of 1876. Tickets available from

Dublin Writers Festival ‘Off The Page’ presents Anita Shreve

Venue: The Smock Alley Theatre
Date: Wednesday 2nd April – 7.30pm
We are delighted to be supporting Dublin Writers Festival’s ‘Off The Page’ series by welcoming bestselling author Anita Shreve to the Smock Alley Theatre. In this special DWF 2014 preview, Shreve makes a rare appearance in Ireland to talk about her life, her work, and her latest novel, ‘ The Lives of Stella Bain’. Tickets available from

Book Launch for ‘The Closet of Savage Mementos’ by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Venue: The Gutter Bookshop
Date: Tuesday 15th April – 6.30pm until 8pm
Lillis leaves behind 1990s Dublin for a summer job working at a lodge in a small lochside village in the Scottish Highlands. The Closet of Savage Mementos is drawn directly from the author’s own experiences and explores heartbreak, loss, motherhood and adoption in a gripping narrative and the same expressive, emotive and exciting prose we have come to expect of Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Free and All Welcome.

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