We’re back! With a line-up that should keep everybody happy, covering literature, sport, history, cookery, politics, journalism, architecture, the law, music, travel, security and much more besides. In addition to our usual host of literary guests (Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Lisa McInerney, Liz Nugent, Frank McGuinness, Maggie O’Farrell, Michael Harding, John McKenna) we also have a number of new strands to this year’s Festival. We welcome the Rick O’Shea Book Club for the first time. Rick will be discussing Oh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen with four onstage critics – the authors themselves will be joining us to talk about their best-selling book.
Our history events this year (‘Remembering 1918’ and ‘Remembering 1968’) will come under the aegis of The History Show Festival as we collaborate again with the RTE Radio 1 Sunday night programme. The list of speakers includes Prof. Roy Foster, Catriona Crowe and Dr. David McCullagh. ‘Adventures in …’ will draw on the experience and resources of two experienced practitioners who will talk about how their professions have changed over the last three or four decades. This year’s guests are former Chief Justice Susan Denham and literary agent Jonathan Williams.
County Meath’s ‘Crinniú na nÓg’, a major Creative Ireland nationwide project, will take place in Kells on 23 June. All our children’s, teen’s and Young Adult events that day will carry the ‘Crinniú na nÓg’ brand and entry will be free of charge. Another major children's strand in 2018 is our celebration of Harry Potter at 21, wizardy events will include a Quiz, a Treasure Hunt and a Kelly Gartland Workshop.
Peter Fallon will be back in the Church of Ireland hosting Oisin and Saramai Leech in another intimate evening of words and music. Tom Dunne returns with another classic album, it’s the Beatles again, this time it’s the fiftieth anniversary of The White Album. Local divo (is there really such a word?) Matthew Gilsenan (The Celtic Tenors) will perform the music of John McCormack in a setting often graced by the celebrated Irish lyric tenor, the ballroom of Headfort House.
Among the major non-fiction events will be the appearance of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, public interviews with Nick Davies, the Guardian investigative journalist who exposed the phone hacking scandal, Mary Manning, the woman at the centre of the 1984 anti-apartheid Dunnes Stores strike (along with co-writer Sinead O’Brien), and Tracy Corbett-Lynch, sister of the murdered Irishman Jason Corbett, who has co-authored a book on his murder with Ralph Riegel.
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