22 - 25 June 2017

A big thank you to all our authors and performers and to the hundreds of people who bought thousands of tickets and supported our first Hinterland festival. We'll revitalise the website with pics, comments, memories, faux pas etc. when we have revitalised ourselves. Right now we're all cream crackered and going to bed for at least a week.

For details of joining friends please email friends@hinterland.ie

Read all about it on the RTE Culture website

Lit Crawl

Lit Crawl came to Kells in the first incarnation of this artistic/literary ‘franchise’ in Ireland. Lit Crawl events were anything from readings to short drama, music or street theatre, lasting about 50 minutes each. The biggest draws were James Joyce's The Dead in a funeral parlour (McEntee's) and Jonathan Creasy's wonderful Woody Guthrie show before a packed, sing along house.

 Read more here

Video: Meath Daily

Video: Noel Shine

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‘I loved every single second … I truly did. It was all so beautifully organised, one lovely person after another.’ Ally Bunbury
‘Thank you for hosting me with such charm and generosity.’ Peter Frankopan
‘In a short time you’ve put on a very prestigious festival.’ Danny Morrison
‘It was a superbly organised event with a wonderful atmosphere - a total pleasure for us to be there. We were so warmly welcomed from the moment we arrived and felt very looked after.’ Mary-Elaine Tynan
‘It was a real pleasure to be in Kells for the festival and there really was an amazing buzz about the place.’ Dermot Bulger
‘The @HinterlandKells festival was great. Loved my own event. Wanted to hang around longer. Met great authors. How a festival should be.’ Shane Hegarty on Twitter
What kind and friendly folk the people of Kells are. I was invited to do an event at the Hinterland Festival and the lovely Helen and I were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived at 'The Green Room' at the BookMarket, Kells. Such a gorgeous café and book shop. A big thanks to Jess, Trish, Penny and Annie. There was a great turnout for me in Kells Theatre where I was interviewed by the delightful Georgina Godwin. Then a terrific signing organised by the indefatigable Antonia from Antonia’s Bookstore in Trim. I met an old friend, Fiona Halton who introduced me to her lovely mother, Kitty and her brother, Cathal, who wouldn't let me leave their amazing shop and off-licence, McEntee’s Off Licence, without the gift of a scrumptious home-made coffee cake and rhubarb tart. (I shared with Helen). Patricia Scanlan on Facebook