Lit Crawl Sunday 26 June 2022

3.30–8.30pm in Venues around Kells

ALL LIT CRAWL EVENTS ARE FREE, WITH ENTRY ON A ‘FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED’ BASIS. The programme for Lit Crawl is subject to changes and additions so please check back here for details. Lit Crawl is a US and international franchise of the Litquake Festival in San Francisco. Lit Crawl Kells, which first took place in 2017, was Ireland’s first Lit Crawl. It offers an opportunity for Hinterland to stage more niche (and often quirky) events in smaller venues.

Supported by Creative Ireland
Creative Ireland

Bex Sheridan: Children’s Illustration Workshop

3.30pm Kells Library

Come along and learn to draw your favourite farm animal, or maybe even a woodland creature. Hosted by writer/illustrator Bex Sheridan, this workshop is sure to be fun for all ages from early learners to young art enthusiasts! Art supplies provided, or you can bring along your favourite tools.

Fiona Sherlock: Mindful Writing And Creativity

4.30pm Kells Library

Join author Fiona Sherlock for a workshop in writing mindfully, learning how to savour the process of wordsmithing, and find inspiration through meditation. Suitable for all levels and writing abilities. Workshop will involve free writing and a guided meditation.

Chris Murphy

5.30pm Kells Library

Meet at the Library and join local historian Chris Murphy for a walk around the spiritual sites of Kells on a journey to the otherworldly side of our history.

Workers matter in democracy and citizenship. A grassroots movement.

5.30pm Kells Library

“It’s impossible to truly have democracy, equal rights or equality without strong independent trade unions that fight for workers in the workplace and in society generally.”

For many thousands of workers, the trade union is their lifeline to decent work, but what about the problems we encounter in our communities such as the fate of our local services, the quality of life for our neighbours in our towns and villages? How do we fix these complex issues? As the largest civil society movement on the island, the trade union movement is a major force for change.

Whilst the purpose of trade unions in society is clear, what needs further exploration is the intersection between decent workplaces, democracy and citizenship.

Come and join members of the newly established Meath Council of Trade Unions to explore these and other issues. But don’t worry, it won’t be a hard slog, as we’ll be joined by Gerry McCormack, a Meath native and the Deputy General Secretary of the largest union in the country SIPTU, to regale us with inspiring stories of struggle and success.

The Camino Society of Ireland

6.30pm McEntees Funeral Parlour

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient Pilgrim route in Spain. For over 1000 years pilgrims have been walking to the tomb of Saint James the apostle in Santiago de Compostela. By the 20th century the pilgrimage had dwindled but was rejuvenated when UNESCO recognised it as a world heritage site in the 1980s.

Join members of the The Camino Society of Ireland who will discuss the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and support people who wish to walk the route.

Donal Coughlan

6.30pm O’Rorkes Pub

Donal is a singer-songwriter in the true sense of the word and his songs reflect the everyday life and changing issues that visit us all. He released a four song EP of self-penned and performed songs called My Journey in 2014.

Myles and Tony: The San Francisco Irish: the good, the bad and the unbelievably ugly.

6.30pm Courthouse

San Francisco-loving historians Tony Bucher and Myles Dungan offer the lowdown on the San Francisco Irish. The famous, the infamous, and the incorrigible. A set of Irish rogues, saints and mere sinners who have enlivened the cultural and political life of the ‘City by the Bay’ for the last 150 years. In collaboration with our San Francisco sister festival, Hinterland: West.

Niamh Donnellan: A Reading: ‘Mind Yourself

7.30pm McEntees Funeral Parlour

Mind Yourself ‘is a fast-paced thriller following a bloody trail around Ireland to uncover the truth behind a missing man. Sean is a young office worker trapped in a dull routine. Everything changes when he finds a wallet on the street and sets out to return it to its elderly owner. Alice's grandfather Jimmy has vanished without a trace. Searching for answers to his disappearance plunges Sean and Alice into a world of crime, deception and murder.

Niamh will read from and discuss ‘Mind Yourself

Joe O’Reilly: Comedy play: ‘A Brush With The Law

7.30pm O’Rorkes Pub

A Brush with the Law is set during lockdown where a man is at breaking point and is willing to risk it all for a decent haircut.

Frank Cogan: ‘Unsettled Territory – the 5th Meath Battalion in the War of Independence and Its legacy

7.30 Courthouse

Frank Cogan is a retired diplomat who has served as Ambassador of Ireland in Iran, Brussels, Italy and Austria; he is a local historian and current President of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and has written extensively on aspects of local history in Meath. Frank will read from and discuss ‘Unsettled Territory

Andy Jones: A reading: ‘Beloved Assassin

8.30pm McEntees Funeral Parlour

If you like a story that includes history, love, war and death, then come and hear Andy Jones read from his maiden novel, ‘Beloved Assassin

The story of one man’s life, and the women who shaped it during the early years of the Irish state. The book takes the reader on a journey through Dublin as it was then, in all its squalor and beauty.

John Altman

8.30pm O’Rorkes Pub

Having composed music for over 50 movies, John Altman is a distinguished film composer, music arranger, orchestrator, conductor and saxophonist. John joins us, with his trusty saxophone, for a session of ceol agus craic.

Mark Smith: Pressing On

8.30pm Courthouse

Wood and metal letters pressed into paper laid the foundation for the modern world. Once essential to communication, letterpress printing unexpectedly thrives in our digital age.

Here we bring you up to date on the restoration programme of Kells Printing Works, a complete Victorian Jobbing House that lay forgotten about in the heart of our Heritage Town.

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