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.
How far are you willing to go for your beliefs? That’s the question Dublin teenager Mollie Carberry has to ask herself in 1912 when she gets involved in the women’s suffrage movement. Mollie is the heroine of Anna Carey’s novels The Making of Mollie and Mollie on the March. Anna will talk about why she wanted to write about Irish teenage suffragettes, what real-life stories inspired her, the influence of small noisy dogs on her work and much more! Anna Carey is an author and journalist from Dublin whose first book The Real Rebecca won the Senior Children’s Book of the Year prize at the 2011 Irish Book Awards. The Making of Mollie was shortlisted for the same prize in 2016.
Venue: Sawmills Studio - Meath County Council Stage
Join Jan Carson, Irish Writers Centre Roaming Writer in Residence, for a host of tiny train stories garnered from her recent adventures riding the trains of Ireland. Jan is accompanied by singer-songwriter Hannah McPhillimy, showcasing songs written during her recent travels in America.
There are rounds for those only slightly acquainted with J.K. Rowling’s characters, and rounds for the experts – so something for everyone of any age who has ever picked up a Harry Potter book. Bring a clipboard – it’s not a table quiz!
Dr Glen Gendzel will introduce the great Irish American fin de siècle humourist Finley Peter Dunne, who wrote in the voice of ‘Mr Dooley’, a fictional Chicago barman from Roscommon. Dooley dispensed opinions on everything from politics and foreign policy to philanthropy and pianos in the parlour. Myles Dungan will bring Mr Dooley to life with dramatic readings that may or may not do justice to the original!
Beth Newman Maguire will highlight the importance that the Kells Croizer, the Book of Kells, Muiredach Cross and Newgrange played in the inspiration for the design of the place settings and the runners at the dinner party.
Meath woman Fiona Sherlock gives a reading from her first novel Dark Green. Set in Kells during the 1970s, the romantic thriller charts journalist Sarah McCarthy as she uncovers family secrets and links to both sides of the Troubles. The 29-year-old Navan native has received a number of accolades for her writing. When not writing fiction, she writes murder mystery scripts on Etsy.
Award-winning poet (Sound Archive, Cabaret) and obsessive ‘muso’ Nerys Williams reads extracts from her forthcoming memoir of life in Wales in the 1980s and 90s. There will be lots of post-punk, goths, a bit of grunge and some midwifery.
…is a delightful collection of 93 short poems about many of the chemical elements that make up our Universe. Peter Davern will be giving a public talk about his book and will also include some simple chemical demonstrations. Peter is a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick.