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ECHOES returns to Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre 5th-7th October 2018

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is delighted to announce that the second ECHOES will run from 5th – 7th October 2018. The full day (10.00am -5.00pm) of talks, discussions, readings and dramatisations will be on Saturday 6th October with ancillary events on the 5th and 7th October.

The first half day session will look at the evolution of contemporary Irish women writers – where they are at today and the part that Maeve Binchy’s international success played in this. Topics including if gender is still a relevant issue in writing or is it perhaps more significant than ever, will be explored.

In ‘Intuitive Feminism…..’ Dr. Melissa Sihra considers how the voice of playwright Lady Gregory reverberates in the theatre of Marina Carr. Later, in ‘Maeve Binchy: The Quiet Feminist’ author Henrietta Mc Kervey will illuminate how Maeve’s feminism shone through in her written words which taught her characters to be courageous and take charge of their own lives. In an era when no Irish writer addressed issues of abortion, unwanted pregnancy, domestic violence, incest or forced adoption, Maeve Binchy was at the helm and in her gentle, yet relentless way, she spelled out the truth of what was happening in Irish society.

In ‘Following in Maeve’s Footsteps’, acclaimed writers Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O’Flanagan and Claudia Carroll will discuss Maeve’s influence on their writing paths and debate the issue of stereotyping female fiction writers.

Caroline Erskine will chair a debate with Declan Hughes and some of some of Ireland’s leading crime writers about whether crime writing is the one genre where women writers are considered deadlier than male writers. In a rich tradition from Agatha Christie to Patricia Cornwell, are detective novels considered more thrilling when written in the words of a woman?

The afternoon session will begin with one of Ireland’s leading authors, Frank Mc Guinness, reading from his newly published book of stories ‘Paprika’, followed by an interview with Seán Rocks (of RTE’s Arts Programme Arena) about his career and latest work.

Actors Claudia Carroll, Clelia Murphy and Margaret Toomey (Fair City) and Lorcan Cranitch (Ballykissangel) will lead a rehearsed reading of Maeve Binchy’s multi-award-winning television play’ Deeply Regretted by…’.  Writer Catherine Dunne will then speak about her research for forgotten stories in her work ‘An Unconsidered People’. This book gives voice to the stories of both women and men who emigrated from Ireland in the 1950s and who have been all but omitted from Irish history. Catherine, who in the words of Roddy Doyle “is one of Ireland’s best novelists” will discuss all those findings and her more recent work with Seán Rocks.

Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History in UCD will draw the day to a close with ‘Maeve Binchy the Historian of Modern Ireland’.

There will also be several other fantastic events taking place during ECHOES.

Maeve Binchy’s ‘Aches and Pains’, adapted by Shay Linehan, will be performed on Friday 5th October at 7.30pm. The Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers Guided Walk with readings will also take place on Sunday 7th October at 11.00. While an in-house screening of the documentary ‘Maeve Binchy At Home in the World’ (courtesy of Noel Pearson and Ferndale Films) will be shown (with precedence going to full day ticket holders) on Saturday evening at 7.30pm.


Visit www.echoes.ie for more information

Early Bird Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Booking Fees apply.

Early Bird (limited number available) €45.00 (first come, first served)

Half day tickets (morning or afternoon) are €30.00 each.

Full day tickets, thereafter are €55.00

Contact margaret@echoes.ie or info@echoes.ie for ticket enquiries

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