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Kinsale Literary Festival Is Literally A Festival

Kinsale Literary Festival Is Literally A Festival

Now in its second year, Kinsale Literary Festival: Words by Water, programme must surely be the envy of similar festivals throughout the country. Running from October 4th to October 7th, the organisers have included something to attract readers from across all the genres of the literary world .

It’s difficult not to be impressed by a programme, which includes some of the country’s foremost exponents of the literary world, including Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght, whose latest offering: The Importance of Being Aisling, is expected to reach the same dizzy heights as their first offering :Oh My God What a Complete Aisling, achieved

Also joining the who’s who of Ireland’s literary world for the four-day event is Aidan Mathews, Ronan Ryan, David Rudden and Danny Detton, all of whom will make individual appearances, during the four day programme

Locally, there is expected to be significant interest in My Kinsale Anthology, a community project, edited by Alannah Hopkin, the publication will reveal personal stories anecdotes and musings on the town. The book will be published  in both digital and paper form.

The lunch of this publication takes place in the James O’Neill Memorial Building on Thursday October 4th from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Eagerly awaited is the return of hometown girl, Tara Flynn, now recognised as one of Ireland’s foremost comedians and satirical actors/writers, she’s set to feature along with Alison Spittle and Simon Mulholland on Friday October 5th in the Trident Hotel at 8.30pm.

Locally historians Terry Connolly, John Thuillier and Dermot Ryan are also featuring as is The Kinsale Men’s Shed, who are launching their own publication. Entitled A Shed Full of Stories, edited by Geoffrey Kane, the launch takes place at the James O’Neill Memorial Building on Saturday October 6th at 2pm.

Poetry will of course showcase, with local poet, Mathew Gidden, joining a select group of other bards on Sunday October 7th in The James O’Neill Memorial Building beginning at 3pm

In addition to a number of seminars on publishing, short stories and a very interesting lecture for history buffs on the recently published Atlas of the Irish Revolution, well known traditional singer, John Spillane, will reveal some of his trademark song writing secrets, with a workshop in The Lord Kingsale on Friday October 5th at 10.30pm.

Also getting an airing will be first time published authors Caroline Preston, Adele O’Neill and Kevin Doyle at The James O’Neill Memorial Building on Saturday October 6th at 3pm.

Any aspiring writer should certainly take the opportunity to call into the historic O’Neill Building on Sunday, where UCC will showcase some of its current crop of gifted creative writers, kicking off at 12pm

Any yes, younger readers will also feature with workshops and a spellbinding story time, with Jenny O’Neill – that promises to be simply magical.

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