A few months ago the traders in Dalkey asked me to write about how the town was suffering and traders were going out of business. My Grandad’s business on the main street in Dalkey folded in the 1950s, so I suppose I’ve always been sympathetic to the plight of the small trader. My wife Sian said that we had to do more than an article, we had to do something else. So we decided to launch the first Dalkey Book Festival. Sian has been working flat out to get it up off the ground and we are now ready. Without her, this would be like most of my ideas, just talk!

The line up is brilliant. Check it out. We hope to see you in Dalkey on the 18th.