Hinterland Festival 2019 Programme & Tickets

Tickets for events can be purchased in advance online below or by phone via the Box Office on 089 436 9868.

Tickets are also available in advance in Kells from the BOOK MARKet Café (11am-3pm Tuesday to Saturday) and in Trim from Antonia’s Bookstore (tel – 046 943 7532).

During the festival, ticket collection and sales are available at the ticket office in Kells Theatre on Kenlis Place. For further information on visiting Kells and the Festival, please call 089 436 9868.

You can also see a schedule view of the programme here.

The Brexit Debate

Event  36 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
At the time of going to press no one has a blind notion where this one is heading. So, this event is a bit like the annual ‘Surprise Movie’ at the Dublin Film Festival. The discussion could be about an EU without the UK, and how the UK will fare as a ‘third country’. Or it could be about how (or if) the UK is going to extricate itself from the European Union. One political reputation has been hugely enhanced by what has largely been a shambles, and the owner of that reputation, Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee joins us for the debate. Also taking part will be journalist, author and commentator Paul Mason, veteran of many a BBC Newsnight panel discussion on Brexit, and RTE Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan. The debate will be moderated by Myles Dungan.
Price €8.00
 
 

Tom Dunne

Woodstock Fifty Years On

Event  37 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Eirgrid Stage
It was one of the defining moments of 1969, an unforgettable juxtaposition of some of the musical greats of the 1960s. Tom will look back half a century to the great Woodstock rock festival on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in upstate New York (‘three days of peace and music’) which starred, among others, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, The Who, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joe Cocker and Joan Baez.
Price €8.00
 
 
Tom Dunne

Irish Farmhouse Cheese & Irish Craft Beers

Event  38 
Venue: Sheridan's Cheesemongers

Explore, learn and taste a selection of Irish farmhouse cheeses matched with Irish craft beers.

Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, Virginia Road Station, Pottlereagh, Kells, Co. Meath A82 K400. Own transport required.

Price €20.00
 
 
Irish Farmhouse Cheese & Irish Craft Beers

A Summer Evening with Matthew Gilsenan

Featuring the Inspire Choral Group

Event  39 
Venue: The Headfort Arms Hotel

Following on from his successful, sold-out concert in Kells last summer, Matthew Gilsenan from The Celtic Tenors brings a performance of his new solo show to his hometown. The event will take place in the leafy surrounds of the Headfort Garden (weather permitting).

Matthew, a true lyric tenor, is at home with Puccini or Verdi, but you can expect a bit of grand opera, along with Dylan and Cohen, folk songs, and even a bit of country. Matthew’s belief is that a good song is a good song, no matter what its origins. The evening will have special local appeal on this occasion as The Inspire Choral Group will join Matthew as guests on stage.

Find out more about the Inspire Choral Group.

Price €22.00
 
 

‘Seán Hartnett’

Keeping Tabs on the Celtic Tiger

Event  40 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Eirgrid Stage
‘Seán Hartnett’ (not his real name), who appeared ‘remotely’ at last year’s festival, left the British army in 2005 after operating as a covert surveillance technician for a top-secret counter-terrorism unit in Northern Ireland. His experiences were the makings of the bestselling Charlie One, the book the British Ministry of Defence tried to ban. After leaving the army ‘Seán’ put his talents to productive use in civilian life just as the Celtic Tiger was about to implode. Client Confidential is his exposé of the clandestine activities that foreshadowed the worst financial crash in the history of the Irish state. ‘Hartnett’ was called in to carry out covert and counter surveillance for blue chip companies, semi-state bodies, national sporting associations and convicted criminals. In Client Confidential he lifts the lid on the worst excesses of the Celtic Tiger, the corporate greed, corruption and ineptitude and the dark secrets that were never meant to see the light of day. ‘Seán’ will be in conversation with Myles Dungan.
Price €8.00
 
 
‘Seán Hartnett’

Luke O’Neill

We Are In the Midst of an Extinction Event

Event  41 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
While the ‘day job’ as a professor of immunology at Trinity College Dublin keeps him busy, Luke O’Neill has also become the public face of science in Ireland, largely through his weekly appearances on Pat Kenny’s radio programme, first on RTÉ and then Newstalk, where he explains science to the layman in a witty, informative and charismatic style. Winner of the prestigious Boyle Medal in 2009, and a longstanding member of the Royal Irish Academy, Luke is author of the 2018 book Humanology: A Scientist’s Guide To Our Amazing Existence, which advised readers that sex with a caveman was a good idea and that robots will become part of everyday life. A passionate advocate of the mitigation of climate change, Luke will be tackling the issue in his chillingly-titled talk.
Price €8.00
 
 
Luke O’Neill

Juanita Browne

Event  Y6 
Venue: Iona Hall – Button Books Stage
Open children’s eyes to the natural world with this special nature-themed event from Juanita Browne, author of The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife (O’Brien Press). Juanita will explore Irish nature through the seasons – from what’s in your back garden to our mountains, rivers, forests and seas. Learn about Irish birds, mammals, plants, insects and amphibians. From fascinating facts to weird and wonderful natural phenomena, this fun event will capture your imagination!
4+ years
Price €5.00
 
 
Juanita Browne

Chris Mullin

Following up A Very British Coup

Event  42 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Proud holder, for a brief reign, of the Sun newspaper’s ‘Most Odious Man in Britain’ title (he snatched it from Ken Livingstone), Chris Mullin, through his work on behalf of the Birmingham Six, was one of the best-known British MPs in this country. He was elected to Parliament for Sunderland South in 1987 and remained in the House of Commons until 2010. Chris, in addition to his talents as a politician (he was a Labour minister) and a journalist (for, among others, Granada TV) is also the author of one of the best political novels of the last forty years, A Very British Coup, the TV version of which starred Ray McAnally as a leftwing Labour Prime Minister, Harry Perkins, deposed by the Tory establishment. He has now written the long-awaited sequel The Friends of Harry Perkins. Set in the near future, it has already been described as “the definitive post-Brexit thriller”.
Price €10.00
 
 
Chris Mullin

Robbyn Swan

Stable Geniuses? The Mental States of Nixon and Trump

Event  43 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Robbyn Swan is co-author, with her husband Anthony Summers, of five non-fiction works. The Eleventh Day, on the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History and won the prestigious Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. They and their book Looking for Madeleine feature in the landmark Netflix series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. In The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon, Summers and Swan exposed the cynical manipulation of the 1968 Vietnam peace talks that eased Nixon’s path to the Presidency. Nixon has often been described as an ‘evil genius’, while Donald Trump is a self-styled ‘stable genius’. Having revealed Nixon’s White House-era abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as his hidden dependence on a psychotherapist, Robbyn is well placed to compare the two leaders.
Price €8.00
 
 
Robbyn Swan

Gerry Daly

Event  Y7 
Venue: Iona Hall – Button Books Stage
In this interactive and engaging event join Gerry Daly on an adventure to explore the Skellig islands, meet the many animals that live there and learn all about the life of a puffling. Where Are You, Puffling? is the new book by Erika McGann and Gerry Daly. Children will love this event with puffin puppets, live illustration demonstrations and engaging reading sessions.
4+ years
Price €5.00
 
 
Gerry Daly

The Great Roald Dahl Treasure Hunt

Event  Y8 
Venue: Insomnia Café, Farrell Street
Last year the shop windows of Kells harboured the secrets of Harry Potter. This year attention shifts to the zany characters created by the great children’s writer Roald Dahl. Just call into Insomnia Café between 2pm and 2.30pm, get your form and your start time and begin the search for the Fantastic Mr. Fox, a golden ticket, George’s medicine and a lot more. Please bring your own clipboard. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the Treasure Hunt.
30 mins
Free - All Welcome

Alan Shatter

Event  44 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Alan Shatter served as a TD for more than 30 years. For three of those years, as Minister for Justice and Defence (2011–2014), he introduced a wide range of reforms. These included the creation of citizenship ceremonies and an Act criminalising the failure to report child sexual abuse. He was wrongly vilified, condemned and forced to resign from government in May 2014; in his book Frenzy & Betrayal, recently published by Merrion Press, he tells the extraordinary story of his lonely and successful five-year fight for justice and truth. In offering an unprecedented insight into the dysfunctional world of Irish politics and its problematic relationship with the media he takes few prisoners. He will be in conversation with Myles Dungan.
Price €10.00
 
 
Alan Shatter

Horslips at 50-ish

Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart

Event  45 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Eirgrid Stage
The 1960s wasn’t particularly notable for the creation of enduring Irish rock groups. It was more of a Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband kind of era. Which meant that anyone of a certain age and with musical tastes beyond the Val Doonican embraced one of the only bona fide Irish rock and roll superstars of the period, Horslips. You didn’t need to know the opening riff of the martial ‘Marcshlua Uí Néill’ to thrill to ‘Dearg Doom’. The five-piece blazed a trail nationally and internationally for their unique brand of Celtic Rock, which had as much to do with Sean O’Ríada as Elvis or The Beatles. And they haven’t quite gone away, you know. Two of the original band members, Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart, will join us for a ‘flash of silver in the sun’ as they reminisce about song cycles, album covers, trad influences and the very best Irish rock music. Barry and Jim will be in conversation with each other.
Price €10.00
 
 

Philip Boucher Hayes

If You’re Not Part of the Solution…

Event  46 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
RTÉ journalist (What’s Ireland Eating), author (Basket Case: What’s Happening to Ireland’s Food? with Suzanne Campbell) and distinguished Twitteratus, Philip Boucher Hayes makes a return trip to Hinterland. In 2017 he spoke eloquently about the nation’s eating habits as part of our climate change strand. This year he will identify the failings of the media in covering and highlighting the most pressing global crisis of all. Philip, who memorably recently tackled Michael Healy Rae on Liveline about Irish meat production and climate change, fervently believes that the media spends too much time scaring people with the immensity of the problem, and too little on reporting the available solutions.
Price €8.00
 
 
Philip Boucher Hayes

Sadhbh Devlin

Event  Y9 
Venue: Iona Hall – Button Books Stage

Author Sadhbh Devlin will read her picture book Bí ag Spraoi Liom and afterwards discuss inventions and creativity with the children, who will then have a chance to design their own inventions.

Léifidh Sadhbh Devlin, údar Bí ag Spraoi Liom, a scéal agus pléifidh sí cruthaíocht agus cumadóireacht leis na páistí. Beidh deis ag na páistí a chumadóireacht féin a dhéanamh agus measín dá cuid féin a dhearadh.

4+ years
Price €5.00
 
 
Sadhbh Devlin

Luke Harding

Collusion: How Russia Helped Donald Trump Become President

Event  47 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Luke Harding became the Guardian Moscow correspondent in 2007. When attempting to return from the UK to his bureau in Moscow in 2011, he was refused re-entry to Russia and was deported. He is author of The Snowden Files and A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin’s War With the West. In Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win – which spent a number of weeks as New York Times No.1 bestseller – Harding lays out the story behind the Christopher Steele dossier, which entered the twilight region of the public domain shortly after the 2016 election of Donald Trump to the White House. He lays bare the Trump/Russia story and exposes some of the dubious characters with whom the President seems to surround himself. According to Nation magazine, “Harding…presents a powerful case for Russian interference” (no matter what Robert Mueller says!). He will be in conversation with Myles Dungan.
Price €10.00
 
 
Luke Harding

Hugo Hamilton

Event  48 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
In his astonishing award-winning memoir The Speckled People, Hugo Hamilton attempted to come to terms with familial oppression and dysfunction, a sense of dislocation, and the perils of multilingualism (English, German, Irish). In his latest novel, Dublin Palms, he returns to those themes in fictional form. The central character of his new novel finds himself grappling with the limits of language when he returns to Dublin from Berlin to set up home with his partner Helen and their two children. Hugo Hamilton is the author of nine novels, two memoirs and a collection of short stories. His work has won numerous national and international prizes, including the 1992 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the 2003 French Prix Femina Étranger.
Price €8.00
 
 
Hugo Hamilton

Owen O’Doherty

Event  Y10 
Venue: Iona Hall – Button Books Stage
Are you curious where all our stuff comes from? Join Owen to hear stories of some of the world’s great discoveries, inventions and designs, and the women who made them. Why not design your own invention at this workshop with the author of Bright Sparks, Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women (O’Brien Press)?
8+ years
Price €5.00
 
 
Owen O’Doherty