Programme & Tickets

We're pleased to announce our programme. Buy tickets here online, from the booking office on 089 436 9868, or from the The Book MARKet Café in Kells (tel 085 889 6352) or Antonia's Bookstore in Trim (tel 046 943 7532). You can view a copy of the printed programme here.

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling

Event  20 
Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, the creators of the much-loved Aisling character and the popular Facebook page ‘Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling’, bring Aisling to life in their novel about the quintessential country girl in the big smoke. Aisling is twenty-eight and she’s a complete…Aisling. She lives at home in Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards, as some gas tickets call it) with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin. Emer and Sarah claim to be at least 42% Aisling themselves. Nonetheless, their book has been at the top of the Irish bestseller lists for months now, so the 58% non-Aisling must have asserted itself at some point. They speak to Rick O’Shea.

Price €8.00
 
 
Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Mary Manning and Sinead O’Brien

The Dunnes Stores Strike

Event  21 
Venue: Presbyterian Church – Creative Ireland Stage

Dunnes Stores cashier Mary Manning knew little about apartheid when, in 1984, at the age of 21, she refused to register the sale of two Outspan South African grapefruit under a directive from her union. She was suspended and nine of her co-workers walked out in support. They all assumed they would shortly return to work. They didn’t. Instead they became the central figures in a prolonged strike and boycott that captured world attention, a dispute waged at considerable financial and emotional cost to themselves. Striking Back: The Untold Story of an Anti-Apartheid Striker is Mary Manning’s story, told with the help of Sinead O’Brien. Mary and Sinead talk to Catriona Crowe.

Price €8.00
 
 
Mary Manning and Sinead O’Brien

Tony Bucher

Remembering 1968: Rated XXX – The Underground Press in the City of Love

Event  22 
Venue: Sawmills Studio - Meath County Council Stage

A regular visitor to Kells since 2016, Berkeley historian Tony Bucher will cast his eye over the radical, subversive underground press that thrived in the Bay Area in the 1960s and ‘70s. News sheets heralding street rebellions, obscene comics, and magazines espousing the ‘new journalism’ grew alongside and underpinned the student revolts and flourishing counterculture of the burgeoning hippie movement of San Francisco of the era.

Note: Not suitable for children
Price €6.00
 
 
Tony Bucher

Ruth Eastham

Y/A Workshop

Event  Y2 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage

Originally from Preston, Lancashire, Ruth Eastham is more a citizen of the world these days, having lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand and Italy. A writer of young adult fiction, from mystery stories such as The Messenger Bird to supernatural adventures like Arrowhead, her latest novel is a page-turning adventure story with an environmental backdrop (the prevention of fracking), Warriors in the Mist. Her novel The Memory Cage was nominated for the Carnegie Prize and shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize. Join Ruth for a creative writing workshop based around an object precious to you. It could be a photograph, a piece of jewellery, a cuddly toy! Anything with a special memory attached. Ruth will read from The Memory Cage, to get ideas flowing. http://www.rutheastham.com/.

Cruinniú na nÓg at Hinterland. For more free Cruinniú na nÓg events, please contact Kells Library for details and bookings.

YA
Free but ticketed
Price €0.00
 
 
Ruth Eastham

The Rick O’Shea Book Club

Event  23 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage

RTÉ broadcaster Rick O’Shea describes himself as a ‘book pusher and an event host’. And that’s what he’ll be doing at Hinterland. The Rick O’Shea Book Club boasts over 14,000 members. Rick and his panel of critics (Cara Gavigan, Ciara McGurl, Avril Murphy, Elva Leavy) will discuss Oh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, which was published in 2017, topped the bestseller lists in Ireland, and is still selling well in 2018.

Price €8.00
 
 
The Rick O’Shea Book Club

Gerry Adams

Event  24 
Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is known as a man of strong opinions and a quirky sense of humour. Never Give Up is a compilation of selected, reworked pieces that Gerry has written since 2009. They cover many issues. Some are fairly serious, others are very serious indeed. A few are whimsical. The book gives an insight into the manoeuvring behind the scenes of political events, and how he became wrapped up in moments of history, both in Ireland and abroad. It provides a glimpse into the private life of one of Ireland’s best-known politicians, including some very turbulent times in Gerry’s life, such as his move from West Belfast to Co. Louth, and his passions, like hiking and the Antrim GAA teams. Gerry will read selections from his books.

Price €8.00
 
 
Gerry Adams

Matt Spangler

Adapting Striking Back

Event  25 
Venue: Presbyterian Church – Creative Ireland Stage

In an experiment that could go anywhere Matt Spangler (The Kite Runner), our ‘in-house’ dramatist, will be joined by Mary Manning and Sinead O’Brien as he attempts to explain how he would go about adapting Striking Back: The Untold Story of an Anti-Apartheid Striker, Mary and Sinead’s account of the lengthy Dunne’s Stores strike of the 1980s, which began as an anti-apartheid protest. Matt has tackled projects as diverse as Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone and Zlata Filipovic’s Zlata’s Diary in previous festivals but nothing quite like this.

Price €8.00
 
 
Matt Spangler

Tony Bucher

Remembering 1968: The Cannabis Craze – 50 glorious years of ‘weed’ in San Francisco

Event  26 
Venue: Sawmills Studio - Meath County Council Stage

With the recent legalisation of cannabis in the great State of California, the minds of grizzled veterans of the pot trade wander back to San Francisco in 1968 and the halcyon early days of the embrace of marijuana in hippie paradise. There can be no definitive account of this period, because, by definition, if you were there you can’t remember it. But Tony Bucher was young enough to escape the worst excesses, yet old enough to bridge the early days to the present. Fifty years later, legalization has brought about a new Gold Rush to capitalize on the business of ‘weed’, causing elements of the old counterculture to bud and flower in the mainstream.

Price €6.00
 
 
Tony Bucher

Me, Molly & Moo

Event  Y3 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage

Sedgwick Alexander the Third is the forgotten imaginary friend of a Croatian girl who came to live in Ireland 21 years ago. When he is discovered by her daughter Molly and best friend Moo (of Market Square, Navan), a magical adventure ensues.

WARNING: This new play for children by Deirdre Kinahan, directed by Padraic McIntyre, featuring live music by Grainne Hope, Brendan McCreannor and Deirdre Granville, with stunning visuals and live animation by Gillian Gott, is definitely not for the unimaginative!

Commissioned and produced by Meath County Council Arts Office with support from the Arts Council. This is a free ticketed event presented as part of Cruinniú na nÓg at Hinterland. Suitable for children 7–12 years of age: children must be accompanied by an adult (max. three children per adult).

7–12 years
Free but ticketed
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The Great Harry Potter Treasure Hunt

Event  Y4 
Venue: Start from Insomnia Café
To celebrate twenty-one years of Harry Potter, shop windows all over Kells will be sporting an assortment of Potterphenalia. We’re inviting all and sundry (under sixteens to be accompanied by an adult) to follow the Potter Trail and identify the artefacts in an orienteering course with a difference. Just call into the Insomnia Café between 2pm and 4pm, get your form and your start time and begin pottering. (A clipboard might come in handy.)
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Frank McGuinness

Event  27 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage

Since the death of fellow Donegal man Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness can legitimately lay claim to the title of Irish Drama Laureate (as the position does not exist we can make this assertion on his behalf – he would be too modest to do so himself). He is the author of one of the classics plays of the Irish canon, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, a work that had a social and political impact that went far beyond theatre. He began his writing career as a poet and it was in this capacity that he appeared at the Kells/Hay Festival in 2013. And although he is, arguably, Ireland’s premier dramatist, he will be returning to Kells to read and discuss his latest novel, The Woodcutter and his Family, which deals with the last days of James Joyce in Zurich.

Price €8.00
 
 
Frank McGuinness

Aidan Comerford

Corn Flakes for Dinner

Event  28 
Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage

Aidan Comerford was on top of the world. He stepped off stage having just been crowned the winner of So You Think You're Funny at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, previous winners of which include Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan, David O'Doherty and Aisling Bea. This was it! His big break...He returned to Ireland elated, only to find out that while he was in Edinburgh his youngest daughter, who has autism, had gone missing near a lake. Aidan had to accept that personal dreams can never take precedence over a family struggling through tough challenges – redundancy, mortgage problems, a pyritic house, postnatal depression and autism. Corn Flakes for Dinner is an hilarious, poignant memoir about ordinary magic, a masterclass in navigating life’s toughest challenges and rediscovering the joy in the ‘everyday’.

Price €8.00
 
 
Aidan Comerford

Matt Dickinson

Travels in Antarctica

Event  29 
Venue: Presbyterian Church – Creative Ireland Stage

Matt Dickinson is a filmmaker and adventurer who has successfully climbed Mount Everest, filming as he went, and lived to tell the tale of the catastrophic climbing season of 1996. He is also a veteran of the unforgiving wilderness that is the Antarctic, and this informed the writing of his 2006 novel Black Ice, a thriller set in Antarctica. Matt, who mesmerised a Kells audience last year with his account of his Everest adventure, will switch his attention to the more exposed landscape around the South Pole.

Price €8.00
 
 
Matt Dickinson

Minute after Midday (Drama)

By Ross Dungan

Event  30 
Venue: Sawmills Studio - Meath County Council Stage

Three people are caught up in the 1998 Omagh bombing and its aftermath. Elizabeth came close to losing her life, Mari lost her husband and Conor drove the car that delivered the bomb. They tell their interlocking stories of that dreadful day. With this presentation Hinterland marks the twentieth anniversaries of both the Good Friday Agreement and the Omagh bombing. The author, Ross Dungan, will also host a brief Q&A.

Mari – Heather Hamill

Elizabeth – Bronagh Donaghey

Conor – Peter Farrelly

‘Dungan is an accomplished, sensitive young writer, who has here created vivid word pictures and dramatic scenes of human interaction’ – Irish Theatre Magazine.

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Me, Molly & Moo

Event  Y5 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage

Sedgwick Alexander the Third is the forgotten imaginary friend of a Croatian girl who came to live in Ireland 21 years ago. When he is discovered by her daughter Molly and best friend Moo (of Market Square, Navan), a magical adventure ensues.

WARNING: This new play for children by Deirdre Kinahan, directed by Padraic McIntyre, featuring live music by Grainne Hope, Brendan McCreannor and Deirdre Granville, with stunning visuals and live animation by Gillian Gott, is definitely not for the unimaginative!

Commissioned and produced by Meath County Council Arts Office with support from the Arts Council. This is a free ticketed event presented as part of Cruinniú na nÓg at Hinterland. Suitable for children 7–12 years of age: children must be accompanied by an adult (max. three children per adult).

7–12 years
Free but ticketed
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Ralph Riegel and Tracey Corbett-Lynch

Molly Martens – The making of a murderer

Event  31 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage

On 2 August 2015, Limerick father-of-two Jason Corbett was savagely beaten to death in the bedroom of his luxury North Carolina home. His killers were his wife Molly Martens and his father-in-law, Thomas Martens. In a trial that gripped both the US and Ireland, the case that the duo had acted in self-defence quickly fell apart and they were sentenced to over 20 years in prison. Behind the scenes, Jason’s family was locked in a desperate custody battle to bring Jason’s children back to Ireland. With full access to Jason’s letters, emails, keepsakes and photographs, Jason’s sister, Tracey Corbett-Lynch, with the help of journalist Ralph Riegel, reveals for the first time the full and shocking story of what Molly and Tom Martens tried to get away with. Tracey and Ralph will be in conversation with Rick O’Shea.

Price €8.00
 
 
Ralph Riegel and Tracey Corbett-Lynch

John Banville

Event  32 
Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage

Described by the Washington Post as ‘one of the most imaginative literary novelists writing in the English language today’, John Banville is probably Ireland’s most garlanded and celebrated writer. He has won numerous international awards, including the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea, and the 2011 Franz Kafka Prize. His most recent novel Mrs Osmond (2017) is a masterly ‘sequel’ to the canonical Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, in which Banville muses, in the style of the great American master, on the future of the free-spirited Isabel Archer. This will be his second appearance in Kells as that most eminent writer of literary fiction, John Banville. He has also appeared at our festival in his alternative guise, that of prolific crime novelist Benjamin Black. He talks to Myles Dungan.

Price €10.00
 
 
John Banville

Sinéad O’Hart

A Dogsled Adventure: Workshop

Event  Y6 
Venue: Sawmills Studio - Meath County Council Stage

Sinéad O'Hart’s debut novel for children, The Eye of the North, was published in 2018. It tells the story of a friendless girl and a nameless boy who must work together to defeat a terrible Creature at the heart of a glacier... Brrr! Dogsleds play a big part in the story, and so in this workshop you’ll find out about the history of dogsledding, including the heroic true story of the dogs and men who saved a whole town from destruction in 1925. You’ll also get the chance to design, draw and name your own dogsled team, and write the story of their adventures on the ice. Sinéad was born and raised in the sunny South-east, but now lives with her family in Meath. She prefers to spend her every free second with her head in a story. The Eye of the North is her first novel, and she is hard at work on her second.

Cruinniú na nÓg at Hinterland. For more free Cruinniú na nÓg events, please contact Kells Library for details and bookings.

10+ years
Free but ticketed
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Sinéad O’Hart

Caitriona Perry

In America: Tales from Trump Country

Event  34 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
For four years Caitriona Perry explained the vagaries of American politics to an Irish audience, including one of the biggest political upsets in modern history – the election of one Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the USA. With her four-year term of office completed, she returned home to co-present the 6.01 News on RTÉ 1 TV. Her experience as RTÉ Washington Correspondent, especially the final eighteen months, informed her bestselling book In America: Tales From Trump Country. Caitriona is a must-see for anyone with even the vaguest interest in American politics, which, let’s face it, is a far more important factor in our lives than it probably should be.
Price €8.00
 
 
Caitriona Perry

Michael Harding

The Art of Memoir: A Workshop

Event  35 
Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage

Michael Harding is a playwright and novelist. Many of his plays have been produced by the Abbey Theatre, and his novels include Priest, The Trouble With Sarah Gullion, and Bird in the Snow. In an innovative and creative column in the Irish Times he has been chronicling ordinary life in midland Ireland for over a decade, and the project has also evolved into four volumes of bestselling memoir: Staring at Lakes; Hanging with the Elephant; Talking to Strangers; and On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist. He is currently working on volume five of that memoir. He is a member of Aosdana. Michael will offer Hinterland 2018 some wisdom and musings on ‘The Art of Memoir’, illustrated with readings from his own work.

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Michael Harding

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