Hinterland celebrate Poetry Day Ireland with ... a poem, by Kells poet Nerys Williams (Sound Archive, Cabaret) from her collection cabaret. It will resonate with anyone who has ever shopped in a thrift store / charity shop.

Thrift Store Protocol

It is easy to pride a semblance of self

in the discarding of another’s desire.

My eye intent on buttoned silks

in Mission, Harlequin, Savers,

Flip,Buffaloand The Waste Land.

Testing the assumptions of body

I wander amidst the possibilities:

A life in tweed, the confidence of a red plastic mac,

tap shoes for the brave, how to sing denim blues.

Or the crocheted insistence of a dress

that shows too much.

How it files the revelatory Iat dizzying

angles to find no narrative.

I could instagram my childhood

the too-big shoes, sun-spent in the seventies.

With a bandana and a cowboy hat,

shuffling across tarmac towards a parent’s path.

Nerys Williams (Cabaret, New Dublin Press, 2017)



We actually managed to exceed our target of €10,000 by just over €1200 - our total raised was €11,205.

Thank you to all 128 people and organisations who contributed to the 2018 Festival. We look forward to seeing you at our events. We will be in touch over the coming weeks.

Your generosity means that, among other things, we will be able to maintain our policy of keeping admission prices as low as possible, thus enabling our supporters to attend more events.

We will shortly publish on this website a guide to our funding sources and an account of how our funding is spent.   


Hinterland returns 21-24 June, 2018  - with Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Michael Harding, Catriona Crowe, Lisa McInerney, Roy Foster, Frank McGuinness and many more. We'll be commemorating 1918 and 1968 and Harry Potter at 21. We will have a full two day programme of children's events and Litcrawl returns on Sunday evening to bring the whole thing to a rollicking finish.

For details of joining Friends of Hinterland please email  heather@hinterland.ie

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.

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