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.


Some of Ireland’s leading writers of fiction will be taking part in this year’s festival. Colm Tóibín (Brooklyn, Nora Webster, House of Names), and Maggie O’Farrell (I Am, I Am, I AmThis Must Be the Place) will be making their first visits to Kells, as will Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen (Oh My God What a Complete Aisling).  John Banville (The Sea, Mrs. Osmond), Liz Nugent (Unravelling Oliver, Skin Deep), Frank McGuinness (The Woodcutter and His Family),  Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies, The Blood Miracles) will be returning to our festival. Michael Harding (Staring at LakesHanging with the Elephant) will host a workshop on the art of memoir, and John McKenna (ClareA Haunted Heart) will host a fiction writing workshop.

Loughcrew-based / Gallery Press poet and publisher Peter Fallon will team up, once again, with sister and brother Saramai and Oisin Leech (The Lost Brothers) for an evening session of poetry, music and conversation. Award winning American playwright Matthew Spangler (The Kite Runner) will talk about his globe-trotting adaptation of the Khaled Hosseini novel and will later team up with Mary Manning to describe how he would go about adapting her memoir Striking Back.

In what we hope will be the first of many visits to Hinterland the Rick O’Shea Book Club will tackle Oh My God What a Complete Aisling written by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Ashbourne resident Aidan Comerford discusses his heart-warming and hilarious memoir Corn Flakes for Dinner, the story of how his life happened when he was making other plans. Mullingar based author Patricia Gibney will talk about cracking the huge digital book market with her crime thriller series.

Coming soon...