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“Hay Festival Kells” Authors Announced: 23-26 June 2016

Article by Derek Flynn © 9 May 2016.
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23-26 June 2016

Imagine the World ~ Samhlaigh an Domhan


Hay Festival Kells welcomes Hanif Kureishi, Patrick McCabe, Kevin Barry, Rhianna Pratchett, Eamon Gilmore, Ronan Fanning and many more to County Meath this summer.

Earlybird tickets for selected events are available now at www.hayfestival.com/kells

Now in its fourth year, Hay Festival Kells returns with an even bigger and more ambitious programme this summer. Situated in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, Kells is a traditional market town in County Meath and the spiritual home of the Book of Kells®, which was completed there in the ninth century. Today, Kells is a thriving community with a lively programme of cultural events.


British writer Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Buddha of Suburbia, Love +Hate) will join a roll-call of some of Ireland’s most exciting contemporary writers including Patrick McCabe (The Butcher Boy), Kevin Barry (Beatlebone), Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies), Jax Miller (Freedoms Child), Liz Nugent (Unravelling Oliver), Oona Frawley (Flight), Vanessa Ronan (The Last Days of Summer).  Sinead Gleeson will host a workshop based on her compilation of Irish womens writing The Long Gaze Back. Other international writers will be announced soon.

The Image/Graphic Novel

Playing with the notion that the Book of Kells was the first graphic novel, comic-book writer Maura McHugh and Irish Times journalist Karlin Lillington have curated The Image, a series of talks and workshops by Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider), Michael Carroll (Judge Dredd) and others.


The festival will mark the 25th anniversary of the first entry in Zlatas Diary of the Bosnian Civil War with a visit from the author Zlata Filipovic. Roisin Ingle will discuss her hugely popular Irish Times column and former Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore will delve into his autobiography Inside the Room. Paul Kimmage will discuss cycling and the topical issue of drugs in sport. Returning to Hay Festival Kells will be US dramatist Matthew Spangler (The Kite Runner, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner). Chelsea Flower Show winner Mary Reynolds will examine our use of land through sustainable, natural agriculture and gardening. The hugely entertaining Francis Brennan will also visit Kells this year


The centenary of the Somme will be marked by lectures from Brian Ervine and Myles Dungan. These will be complemented by an exhibition of work by pupils of the Kells Parochial National School, Co Meath and the Kells and Connor National School, Co Antrim. Prof. Ronan Fanning will discuss Eamon de Valera, and Tony Bucher from San Francisco will look at some of the Irishmen who helped to shape the city. The Easter Rising will be  discussed by Catriona Crowe, Padraig Yeates, Sinead McCoole, Joe Duffy (Children of the Rising) and Gene Kerrigan (The Scrap).

Dick Farrelly Centenary

Kells native Dick Farrelly wrote The Isle of Innisfree, heard first in John Ford’s classic The Quiet Man. Farrelly’s contribution to contemporary culture will be discussed by his son Gerard, there will be performances of his work by Gerard and his partner Sinead Stone, a talk by Des McHale and a screening of The Quiet Man.

For more news and programme updates, please sign up for our mailing list www.hayfestival.org/kells

Listings and online ticket bookings will be available at hayfestival.org/kells

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Tickets can be purchased online through hayfestival.com/kells, locally in Kells by visiting the BOOK MARKetcafé, or phone 046 924 0055.Tickets will also be available at Antonia’s Bookstore in Trim: 046 943 7532.

In Ireland, please contact Christine Monk on monk.christine@gmail.com or 087 675 5329

or Dairne O’Sullivan on dairnemosullivan@gmail.com or 087 6801443
In the UK, please contact Becky Shaw on becky@hayfestival.org
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Join us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HayFestivalKells

Hay Festival Kells, c/o Kells & District Chamber, Kells Enterprise Centre, Kells Business Park, Cavan Road, Kells, Co. Meath. Phone 046 924 0055 / 085 889 6352 or email kells@hayfestival.org

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Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03

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