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.

Children’s/Young Adult Events

Our programme this year is dominated by Crinniú na nÓg at Hinterland on Saturday 23 June and Harry Potter at 21. During our participation in Crinniú (Creative Ireland’s nationwide celebration of writing and cultural activities for children, Tatyana Feeney (Socks for Mister Wolf) will kick off with an event for the very youngest, Ruth Eastham (Warriors in the Mist) will cater to young adults, there will be two performances of Deirde Kinahan’s new play for children Me, Mollie and Moo (7+) while in the afternoon Sinead O’Hart (The Eye of the North) and Gerard Siggins (the ‘Rugby Spirit’ series) will engage the attention of the 10+ age group. While all that is going on fans of Harry Potter will be able to participate in a unique Harry Potter-themed treasure hunt around the town. A clipboard would be useful!

On Sunday Alan Nolan will start us off early with two workshops for younger readers and budding artists, Let’s Colour Ireland and Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week Workshop.Self-confessed Harry Potter obsessive Kelly Gartland will host a Harry Potter workshop which, we are told, will involve lots of work on potions and should be quite smelly. For the slightly older age group Elizabeth Rose Murray (The Book of Revenge) will be reading from her latest novel, Mary Watson (The Wren Hunt) will host an event for young adults while Anna Carey will be introducing her young heroine Molly (The Making of Molly) as she pursues votes for women.

Tatyana Feeney

Discovering the Boyne Valley

Event  Y1 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage

Author and illustrator Tatyana Feeney will draw and read from Socks for Mr Wolf, which was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in 2017. Mr Wolf goes on an adventure across Ireland to save his socks. Kids will get to design a special pair of Hinterland Festival socks for Mr Wolf! 

Tatyana grew up in North Carolina, where she spent much of her childhood reading and drawing. This developed into a love of art and particularly illustrations in children’s books, so she gave up her ambition to be a fire-girl and studied art history and illustration. Tatyana now lives in Co. Meath with her husband and two children.

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

4+ years
Free but ticketed
Price €0.00
 
 
Tatyana Feeney

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

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
Price €0.00
 
 

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.)
Price €0.00
 
 

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
Price €0.00
 
 

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
Price €0.00
 
 
Sinéad O’Hart

Gerard Siggins

Event  Y7 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage

Gerard Siggins, bestselling author of the popular ‘Rugby Spirit’ series, will talk about writing seven books on the adventures of star rugby player, Eoin Madden. Eoin has played rugby for his school, Leinster, Ireland and even the Lions, he’s faced up to bullies, tackled thieves and solved mysteries all with the help of some ghostly friends from rugby’s history. Fans of sports and mysteries will love this event!

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

9+ years
Free but ticketed
Price €0.00
 
 
Gerard Siggins

Alan Nolan

Let’s Colour Ireland – Workshop

Event  Y8 
Venue: Sawmills Studio - Meath County Council Stage

What’s your favourite place in Ireland? What brilliant stories has the Irish landscape inspired? Join Alan Nolan, author and illustrator of Let’s Colour Ireland, to design and create your own unique Irish fictional character! Alan Nolan is also author and illustrator of popular novels Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor’s Caveman and Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, about a girl who gets brain-swapped with a dog, for the O’Brien Press. Let’s Colour Ireland is his latest book, out now.

4+ years
Price €5.00
 
 
Alan Nolan

E.R. Murray

Nine Lives Trilogy

Event  Y9 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage
E.R. Murray’s debut novel The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children, and the follow-up, The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy 2, was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards and the Irish Literacy Association Award. The Book of Revenge – Nine Lives Trilogy 3 was published in February 2018. Elizabeth has also written a novel for young adults – Caramel Hearts. She’s based in West Cork, where she lives for adventure and words. Elizabeth will read from her trilogy, chat about her writing process and answer your questions about what it is like to be an author.
Price €5.00
 
 
E.R. Murray

Alan Nolan

Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week Workshop

Event  Y10 
Venue: Sawmills Studio - Meath County Council Stage
Dippy about dogs? Nutty for narwhales? Crackers for koalas? Join Summer Stars illustrator Alan Nolan for a fun Brain Swap 3000 workshop where you can draw yourself as your very favourite animal!  Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of popular novels Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor’s Caveman and Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week. His latest book, Let’s Colour Ireland, is out now.
6+ years
Price €5.00
 
 
Alan Nolan

Kelly Gartland

Event  Y11 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage

Harry Potter is 21 this year, or at least this is the 21st anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. So that’s the same thing, right? Right or wrong, Hinterland is celebrating the impact of the young wizard with the iconic birthmark on the reading habits of a generation (some now entering into their thirties and reading the Potter books to their own children). Kelly Gartland is, to her chagrin, 100% muggle (or so she tells us anyway) but with the aid of potions (smelly) and perhaps a mandrake or two, she will introduce a young audience to the practicalities of Potterism in a magical workshop.

6+ years
Price €6.00
 
 
Kelly Gartland

Mary Watson

Event  Y12 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage

Mary Watson is the author of the Young Adult novel The Wren Hunt, described by the Sunday Times as ‘a thrilling and otherworldly depiction of Irish culture’. Her debut novel is part thriller, part love story. It was extremely well reviewed and was brought out by Bloomsbury, publishers of the Harry Potter series, a distinct vote of confidence from the company which discovered and nurtured J.K. Rowling. Originally from Cape Town in South Africa, and author of a number of works for adults, Mary now lives in Galway.

YA
Price €5.00
 
 
Mary Watson

Sawmills Workshop

One Strong Arm – David Darcy

Event  50 
Venue: Sawmills Arts Centre
The art of letterpress printing – a workshop for 10+ years. Contemporary typography using traditional methods.
10+ years
Price €0.00
 
 

Anna Carey

Event  Y13 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage
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.
10+ years
Price €5.00
 
 
Anna Carey

KIDCRAWL Harry Potter Clipboard Quiz

Event  55 
Venue: Iona Hall – Bord Na Móna Stage
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!
Price €0.00
 
 

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