Programme & Tickets

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

Tickets will also be 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.

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.

Rod Smith

Football; A Game of Diversity. A Game played in Adversity

Event  12 
Venue: Kells Theatre - Creative Ireland Stage
Come and meet Rod Smith, children's author, as he discusses his experience of writing his "Get Out and Play" stories which encourage diversity and inclusion, and his journey to writing about the Great War where warring countries England and Germany stopped fighting for a day to play a game of football on Christmas day.
This fun and interactive session is suitable for children between 6 and 12 years old. Rod will have some spot prizes on the day for those who come along.
6-12 years
Free but ticketed
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Rod Smith