Another literary festival in small town Ireland that is punching above its weight is the Hay Kells festival, Co. Meath. They’ve somehow managed to get producer/ musician Brian Eno to appear at the festival, along with the likes of Ben Okri, Roddy Doyle, Paul Murray and Roy Foster. Pretty impressive stuff!
The festival takes place between June 25th and 28th and you can find full details here.
Festival Highlights –
A host of Irish and International writers are set to participate in Hay Festival Kells 2015 programme. English Musician, Composer, Record Producer, Singer and Visual Artist Brian Eno is considered one of the principal innovators of ambient music and he will participate in two events – discussing his music and being a panellist in an environmental debate.
Author, Booker prize winner and national treasure Roddy Doyle (The Commitments, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha) will discuss his latest work, Dead Man Talking. Anne Enright – Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize for The Gathering and newly appointed Irish Fiction Laureate – will introduce and read from her latest novel, The Green Road. Booker Prize winner Ben Okri OBE FRSL is a Nigerian poet and novelist who is considered one of the foremost African authors and has published eight novels, including The Famished Road and Starbook. Colin Barrett penned a sensational debut book of short stories, Young Skins that won the 2014 Rooney Prize, Frank O’Connor Prize and Guardian First Fiction award. One of Ireland’s most loved poets, and a member of Aosdána, Paul Durcan (A Snail in my Prime, Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have my Being) will read from his award-winning work. Author and journalist Martina Devlin (Ship of Dreams, The Hollow Heart) will reveal the true story behind her latest novel The House Where it Happened.
Journalists Natasha Fennell and Róisín Ingle will discuss their book, The Daughterhood – a funny, poignant, and occasionally heart-breaking story that will strike a chord with daughters (and their mothers) everywhere. Sara Baume is an acclaimed debut novelist and author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither. Irish author and screenwriter Derek Landy is best known for the popular Skulduggery Pleasant series of children’s books. Leading Irish historian Roy Foster, biographer of W.B. Yeats, will speak about the Nobel Laureate on the 150th Anniversary of his birth and discuss his recent acclaimed work, Vivid Faces.
Cartoon Saloon will recall the success of their recent Oscar-nominated short film, Song of the Sea. Actor, columnist, dramatist, author and polymath Michael Harding (Staring at Lakes, Hanging with the Elephant) will read from his many works of memoir and fiction.
Children’s writer Erika McGann, author of the ‘Grace’ series (The Demon Notebook) will conduct a workshop for 8-10 year old readers. Leading author and journalist Fintan O’Toole (Ship of Fools) will suggest that the future of Irish Catholicism, if it has one, lies in a history of heresy. Internationally renowned investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (The Eleventh Day: the Ultimate Account of 9/11) return to the Hay Festival to talk about their 2014 bestseller Looking for Madeleine about the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Anthony and Robbyn will also be talking in a separate event about their biography of Frank Sinatra to mark the centenary of his birth.
Historian Diarmaid Ferriter will discuss his new book A Nation and Not A Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 and Anne Chambers will talk about her biography of T.K. Whitaker. Radio presenter Tom Dunne will reveal his ‘work in progress’ – a hilarious account of the American tour when Something Happens met Warren Zevon.