Programme & Tickets

We're pleased to announce our programme. Buy tickets here, 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.

The Junior Big Irish Food Quiz

Event  51 
Venue: Iona Hall
Do you know your coriander from your cumin or your lamb’s lettuce from your lollo rossa? Teams of four battle it out in a fun, interactive quiz, based on the world of food, foraging and farming, with an important educational message. Bring your own team of four or come and join a team on the day. Hosted by Jacinta Dalton of GMIT Galway and Olivia Duff, Failte Ireland Food Champions.
8–13 years
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Nicola Pierce

Event  52 
Venue: Heritage Centre – Meath County Council Stage
Author of bestselling Spirit of the Titanic, Nicola Pierce will use her two novels Behind the Walls, about the 1688–9 Siege of Derry, and its sequel Kings of the Boyne, about the 1690 Battle of the Boyne, to discuss how she researches and writes her historical novels. For budding writers and history buffs of all ages.
9+ years
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Nicola Pierce

Patricia Scanlan

Event  53 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Eirgrid Stage
Author of more than twenty novels, short story collections and novellas, Patricia Scanlan knows more about books than most. Before becoming a novelist, she spent seventeen years working as a librarian in the Dublin City library system. The publication of City Girl in 1992 changed her life. Since then she has produced a string of successful books, including her most recent, Orange Blossom Days, published in March. Patricia is committed to the cause of adult literacy as the creator of the Open Door Series. She talks to Georgina Godwin.

Photo: Anthony Woods
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Patricia Scanlan

Peter Godwin

Event  54 
Venue: Presbyterian Church – Bord Na Móna Stage
Peter Godwin is author of Rhodesians Never Die, Wild at Heart: Man and Beast in Southern Africa, The Three of Us – a New Life in New York, Mukiwa (George Orwell Prize-winner), When a Crocodile Eats the Sun – a Memoir of Africa (Borders Original Voices Award-winner) and The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe. An award-winning foreign correspondent, documentary-maker and screenwriter. Peter has reported from over 60 countries, including Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the last years of apartheid South Africa. His film, The Industry of Death, about the sex trade in Thailand, won the gold medal for investigative film at the New York Film Festival. He talks to his broadcaster sister Georgina Godwin.
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Peter Godwin

Sebastian Barry

Event  55 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Eirgrid Stage
2017 has already been an excellent year for one of Ireland’s most distinguished novelists and playwrights. His depiction of a gay relationship set against the wild and violent backdrop of the American West, Days Without End, earned Sebastian Barry his second Costa Book of the Year prize. His first came in 2008 for Secret Scripture, the screen adaptation of which – directed by Jim Sheridan – also made its appearance this year. Days Without End was described by the Guardian as: ‘a work of staggering openness…its narrative so propulsive that you must move on’. The Costa Prize judges observed of the book that ‘It is brutal, it is terrifying, it moves you to tears, it horrifies – and at the same time, it has these fantastic moments of light and beauty, and of friendship.’ Sebastian talks to Myles Dungan.
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Sebastian Barry

Stephen Walsh and Marita O’Donovan

Event  56 
Venue: Iona Hall
Do you believe in leprechauns and would you like to know how to get the gift of the gab? Two authors who are blessed with it, Stephen Walsh and Marita O’Donovan, will take you on a trip to leprechaun land and tell the story of Brendan the leprechaun who travelled across Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone.
5+ years
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Stephen Walsh and Marita O’Donovan

Shane Hegarty

Event  57 
Venue: Heritage Centre – Meath County Council Stage
Shane comes to Kells on a high, as the first film adaptation of his Darkmouth series goes into production, and as the fourth book in the sequence, Hero Rising, goes on the shelves. The first three Darkmouth books were published over a period of only 14 months. Darkmouth – which started with an idea Shane had on a train – follows the adventures of a young Irish boy, Finn, a very modern hero who doesn’t pretend to have all the answers. Shane worked for twelve years with the Irish Times before creating the series, which Eoin Colfer has described as ‘the next big thing’, and he should know. Thus far his books have been translated into sixteen languages. Bear in mind that the first book, Darkmouth: It’s About to get Legendary, was published in 2015!
10+ years
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Shane Hegarty

Kid Crawl - Stories from Poland

Event  59 
Venue: Bits & Bites Café (Kenlis Place)
Polish-speaking parents introduce their children to the stories that made an impact on their own young lives.

Bajki z Polski - Polscy rodzice zapoznaja dzieci z ulubionymi bajkami z ich wlasnego dzieciństwa.

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Kid Crawl - Printing at the Printworks

Event  60 
Venue: Sawmills Arts Centre (Church Lane)
The new and exciting Kells Printworks – based at
 the Sawmills Arts Centre – will enable a group of schoolchildren to use a 19th-century Columbian press machine to set and print a poem by Francis Ledwidge.
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Kid Crawl - Printing at the Printworks

Literary Table Quiz

Event  61 
Venue: Bookmarket Café (Market Street)
Come in and try your luck any time. Have a coffee while you pore over twenty images of well-known writers and attempt to identify them.
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Alex Salmond

Event  58 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Eirgrid Stage
On 19 September 2014 Alex Salmond was licking his wounds after defeat in the Scottish Independence referendum. Eight months later he was leading fifty-five other Scottish National Party MPs in the House of Commons after a stunning 2015 general election victory which saw the political map of Scotland go ‘yellow’. He reflects on both those events in his book The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days that Changed Scotland Forever, a diary of the referendum campaign, updated to include the triumph of ‘The 56’ in the UK General Election of 2015. Alex will talk about his time as Scottish First Minister, the growing support for independence in Scotland, coping with the June 2016 Brexit vote and the inevitability of a second Scottish Independence referendum. As the rest of Britain waves goodbye to Europe, whither Scotland?
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Alex Salmond

Poems About Movies

Event  69 
Venue: Kells Library (Maudlin Street)
Award-winning local poet Nerys Williams (Sound Archive) will read from a section of her soon-to-be-published second volume Cabaret, in which she responds to well-known films such as Annie Hall, To Have and to Have Not and The Grand Hotel Budapest.

Please note change of time from original programme.
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Poems About Movies

The Dead

SECOND PERFORMANCE ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Event  74 
Venue: McEntee's Funeral Parlour
Members of Carnaross Drama Society will read from an adaptation of James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’, the final story in the Dubliners collection. The version to be performed is by Matthew Spangler, whose adaptation of The Kite Runner had a highly successful run on London’s West End earlier this year. The venue: appropriate? Perhaps not!
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Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em: Printing in San Francisco

Event  62 
Venue: Sawmills Arts Centre (Upstairs) Church Lane
San Francisco has a long tradition of printing and is still acknowledged to be the main centre of fine printing and book-making in the United States. To mark the great rediscovery of an unrivalled collection of Victorian printing presses in Kells, and our association with San Francisco through Litquake/Lit Crawl, Tony Bucher will explore the many facets of the printing trade and its relationships to San Francisco writers from the frontier era to modern times.
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Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em: Printing in San Francisco

The Legion of the Lost Ones: Ettie Steinberg

Event  63 
Venue: Old Courthouse (Navan Road)
Award-winning playwright and actor Deirdre Kinahan (Moment, Halcyon Days, Wild Sky) brings us the story of Ettie Steinberg, the only Irish woman known to have died during the Holocaust.
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The Legion of the Lost Ones: Ettie Steinberg

Donal Coughlan

Event  64 
Venue: Bits & Bites Café (Kenlis Place)
Come along and hear Clonmellon based singer songwriter Donal Coughlan perform songs from his EP 'My Journey'
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Donal Coughlan

Brendan Tiernan: Work in Progress

Event  65 
Venue: Butterfly Garden Café (Bective Square)
The work in question is not Brendan himself but his new opus, a comic novel set in Kells and lesser parts of Meath. Brendan is a musician and writer who has performed at, among others venues, The Electric Picnic, and the Glòr Sessions.
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Brendan Tiernan: Work in Progress

Sean Hillen

Event  66 
Venue: Duke Brothers Gallery (Market Street)
Photomontage artist Sean Hillen will be talking about his work in a space bedecked with some of the most celebrated examples of that work.
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Sean Hillen

Ledwidge-a-thon

Event  67 
Venue: Kells Library (Maudlin Street)
The Kells Arts Group will stage a reading of the poetry of WW1 poet Francis Ledwidge whose centenary is being commemorated across his native county this year.
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Ledwidge-a-thon

This Land is Your Land

Event  68 
Venue: Usher's Auction Rooms (off John Street)
Jonathan Creasy presents the poetry and music of the great American socialist singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie, as an antidote to the times in which we currently find ourselves.
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This Land is Your Land

Katherine Meegan: "A Disused Parlour in Co.Meath"

Event  70 
Venue: Sawmills Arts Centre (Upstairs) (Church Lane)
"A Disused Parlour in Co.Meath" is an exploration of the nature of history and memory, space and time.
This project gives voice to the abandoned objects of a local, derelict Big House, and to its former inhabitants from across the centuries.
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Katherine Meegan: A Disused Parlour in Co.Meath

Neil Hegarty

Event  71 
Venue: Usher's Auction Rooms (off John Street)
Neil is the Derry-born author of a number of non-fiction books, including the authorised biography of David Frost That Was The Life That Was, and the historical work The Story of Ireland which accompanied the BBC TV series. His debut novel, Inch Levels, has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award.
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Neil Hegarty

The Dead

Event  72 
Venue: McEntee's Funeral Parlour (Newmarket Street)
Members of Carnaross Drama Society will read from an adaptation of James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’, the final story in the Dubliners collection. The version to be performed is by Matthew Spangler, whose adaptation of The Kite Runner had a highly successful run on London’s West End earlier this year. The venue: appropriate? Perhaps not!
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The Dead

Legion of the Lost Ones: Michael Doyle

Event  73 
Venue: Old Courthouse (Navan Road)
Actor and playwright Padraic McIntyre plays the part of Michael Doyle in Deirdre Kinahan’s fictional take on the Irish-born prisoners of war who signed up to join Roger Casement’s Irish Brigade in Germany in 1915.
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Legion of the Lost Ones: Michael Doyle

Bill Keys - The Poem Guy

Event  75 
Venue: Kells Library Building
For the past seven years Bill Keys has made his living composing poems upon request (www.thepoemguy.com).  He's composed over 6,000 poems for people, all over the USA. He found a 100 year old typewriter in a house he moved into in 2010. He'll be setting up his typewriter, telling stories, reading poetry, and composing poems for the audience.
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For full information on Lit Crawl events (Sunday 25 June 4.00-8.30) go to the Lit Crawl Kells page on the Litquake (San Francisco) website and view Sched