Last year for the first time we took on Ireland’s first Litcrawl event, originated by the Litquake Festival in San Francisco. The principle is simple. We close down our bigger venues and open up a number of more intimate spaces to close Hinterland. Litcrawl is a sort of ‘festival within a festival’. In 2018 we are being joined by a (slightly) younger sister in the shape of the Belfast Litcrawl, an offshoot of the Belfast Book Festival. We’ll be sending our Litcrawl drama production Minute After Middaynorth to participate in their Litcrawl on 16 June and Belfast writer Jan Carson will be our ‘exchange’ in Kells when she and singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy will be coming to Kells with their Songs and Stories from the Road. Actually it’s an iron road because the stories are all about trains.
Staying with music, Jonathan Creasy, who wowed a big Litcrawl audience in 2017 with his take on the music of Woody Guthrie, will be doing the honours with a Bob Dylan tribute this year.
Other Litcrawl highlights will include a reading from poet, novelist and playwright John McKenna, and a peek into the ‘work in progress’ memoir of local Kells-based poet Nerys Williams, which will include lots of punk, a bit of Adam Ant and some midwifery