Volunteering puts you at the forefront of the Festival Experience and presents a wonderful opportunity to see how an Arts Festival of this scale is managed and organised. But not only this, volunteering becomes a community that lives beyond the festival, evolving into both social and professional circles in The Arts.

This year sees our programme more diverse as ever over the four days in November creating ‘A Winter Garden’ of interactive events, launches, panel discussions & commemorations, for the young and not so young to lose themselves in the world that books creates – like the quotes says ‘A home without books is a body without soul.’ The same can be said for festivals and volunteers.

Volunteers can be found at venues and events helping being more than just a smiling face in the crowd – from ushering & stewarding, crowd control & the first point of contact for the public, volunteers guide them from the street to their seats. A dynamic team spirit creates an unforgettable experience for our audience and attendees – our volunteers are invaluable asset giving up their free time to make sure others enjoy theirs.

How to become a Volunteer?

Our Volunteer Call Out has now gone live as of October 15th and you can download the application here Please return the completed form to by Wednesday 4th November, 5pm sharp to

On Friday 30th October we become an ‘open book’ for you to make your mark. We are hosting an Open Volunteer Information Evening on Volunteering with the festival for those interested in getting a feel of what it takes to volunteer on an event like Dublin Book Festival. The evening will be held in The Banquet Hall of Smock Alley Theatre, at 6.30pm sharp.

So all aspiring scribes, kindle junkies, scribblers, note takers & note makers, post-it addicts, quill dippers and poetry slam partakers become an edition in this series of Dublin Book Festival. Don’t get left on the shelf.

“Always read stuff that will make you look good
if you die in the middle of it.”
-P.J. O’Rourke