From 23 – 26 June 2016, the town of Kells, in County Meath, presents the fourth Hay Festival Kells. 2016 will bring more new imaginings from a diverse programme of authors, artists, musicians, politicians and personalities.
Names released so far include prolific Irish authors Patrick McCabe, Kevin Barry and Lisa McInerney. Irish Times columnist and author Roisin Ingle will feature, as will former politician and leader of the Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore. Chelsea Garden Show winner Mary Reynolds will talk horticulture. Hotelier turned TV personality Francis Brennan and renowned investigative sports journalist Paul Kimmage are also included in the line up.
In the Image, graphic and visual effects artists explore the art of the graphic novel and gaming authorship. Contributors include Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and Michael Carroll (Judge Dredd).
Children’s events include talks by illustrator P.J. Lynch and former Laureate Siobhán Parkinson. History features, with strands exploring the Battle of the Somme, and Dublin’s Easter Rising of 1916. Gene Kerrigan and Joe Duffy feature here. And for music fans, Dublin duo The Lost Brothers, and Mary Black will play.
Full programme will be released at the beginning of May 2016.