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  • Matt Spangler

    Matt Spangler

    A masterclass on theatrical adaptation from Matt Spangler, award-winning American playwright and writer of the stage adaptation of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner.

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 10.30am - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Lynda La Plante

    Lynda La Plante

    The sensational Prime Suspect, written for Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison, sealed Lynda La Plante’s reputation as one of the greatest ever British crime writers. Her other screenwriting credits include Widows, Trial and Retribution, The Commander and Above Suspicion. Lynda discusses her writings and career, and previews her new book Tennison (due out on 24 September), the prequel to Prime Suspect, which sees Jane's induction into police life and her development into the character we see portrayed on screen. Chaired by Myles Dungan.

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 12pm - Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Jay Griffiths

    Kith

    Jay Griffiths

    An examination of childhood and the freedoms of space, time and the natural world, from West Papua and the Arctic to suburban western Europe.

    Jay Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the ChildscapeWild: An Elemental JourneyPip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon.

    Jay talks to Tiarnán de Hál.

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 2pm - Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stageaudio available

  • Lane Ashfeldt

    Lane Ashfeldt

    Lane Ashfeldt discusses the pros and cons, and practicalities of raiding history books and family stories to create fiction. The short stories in Lane’s book SaltWater cover the century from 1918 to 2018. SaltWater was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. Lane talks to Sam Tranum, writer and editor, and member of the Liberties Press editorial team.

    Photo by Sissu

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 2pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Rosanna Davison

    Eat Yourself Beautiful

    Rosanna Davison

    Rosanna Davison talks about how she came to study nutrition. She gives us the skinny on her own diet and lifestyle, and shares her top tips from her new book Eat Yourself Beautiful on cutting out sugar and including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.

    Photo by Miki Barlok

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 2pm - Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Eamon Rafter

    Building Peace Worldwide

    Eamon Rafter

    With a background in building relationships within conflicted communities, Eamon Rafter discusses his account of the forty-year history of the Glencree Reconciliation Centre in Co. Wicklow.

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 3.30pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Irish Fashion: At Home and Abroad

    Irish Fashion: At Home and Abroad

    Eddie Shanahan, Chair of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, will talk with Sharon Wauchob, Paris-based Irish fashion designer, about the fashion industry here at home and in the international arena.

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 3.30pm - Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Happiness, The Delight-Tree

    An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry

    Happiness, The Delight-Tree

    Menna Elfyn (Wales), Alan Spence (Scotland), Peter Fallon and Breda Wall Ryan (Ireland) share their contribution to this unique collection of poetry honouring the United Nations International Day of Happiness.

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 5pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • John O'Halloran

    Biomass to Megawatts

    John O'Halloran

    John O’Halloran, Biomass Manager of Bord na Móna, takes a look at the existing and potential opportunities involved in planting willow for the renewable energy sector in Ireland. 

    Kells 2015, Friday 26 June 2015, 6.30pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Deirdre Sullivan

    Nightmare Club Workshop

    Deirdre Sullivan

    Deirdre Sullivan is a ghost-writer for the Nightmare Club series. Deirdre will conduct a workshop for readers, involving spooky collaborative storytelling and getting the children to help finish a Nightmare Club story that she’s working on.

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 11am - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Fabien Erlinghauser

    Cartoon Saloon presents: Song of the Sea

    Fabien Erlinghauser

    Join Fabien Erhlinghauser for a visually stunning presentation on the process involved in creating the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea. Including behind-the-scenes clips from the soon-to-be-released film, this is a must for anyone with a passion for animation and visual storytelling.

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 11am - Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Matt Griffin

    A Cage of Roots

    Matt Griffin

    Kells-born author and illustrator Matt Griffin has garnered a global reputation for striking graphic work and poster design for various industries including publishing, advertising, music, film, animation and design. He discusses his first novel A Cage of Roots.

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 12.30pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan and Andy Middleton talk to Mark Skipworth

    Freeganism and Food Supply

    Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan and Andy Middleton talk to Mark Skipworth

    Deputy Editor of The Telegraph Mark Skipworth chairs a discussion with musician, visual artist, political activist and writer Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan of Sheridan's Cheesemongers, and maverick thinker and social entrepreneur Andy Middleton on the increased global demand for food, the intensification of food production, food waste and Freeganism. 

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 12.30pm - Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Deirdre Sullivan

    Workshop for Teen Readers

    Deirdre Sullivan

    The creator of the ‘Prim’ trilogy (Prim Improper, Improper Order and Primperfect). The first and third of the novels were shortlisted for the Children’s Books Ireland Awards. Deirdre was also the only young adult author shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature in 2015.

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 2pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Ben Okri

    Ben Okri

    Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, Astonishing the Gods and The Age of Magic, reads from his recent work and talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

    Photo by Daniel Mordzinski

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 2pm - Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Fabien Erlinghauser

    Character Design Workshop

    Fabien Erlinghauser

    Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 3.30pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Fabien Erlinghauser

    Character Design Workshop

    Fabien Erlinghauser

    Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 5pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Anne Enright

    Fictions – The Green Road

    Anne Enright

    Anne Enright escaped from a career in television to become one of Ireland’s national literary treasures. She won the Man Booker Prize in 2007 for her fourth novel The Gathering. The newly-appointed Irish Fiction Laureate will discuss and read from her latest novel The Green Road.

    Photo by Hugh Chaloner

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 5pm - Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Linda Ervine

    Linda Ervine

    Linda Ervine of the East Belfast Mission discusses how she brings the Irish language to the unionist population of East Belfast and how she sees the language as a potentially unifying influence and a positive force in Northern Irish society.

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 6.30pm - Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stageaudio available

  • Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

    Looking for Madeleine

    Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

    Internationally renowned investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (The Eleventh Day: The Ultimate Account of 9/11) return to Hay Festival Kells to talk about their 2014 bestseller Looking for Madeleine, about the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann. They discuss the overwhelming and often troubling response to the book on social media. Chaired by Myles Dungan.

    Kells 2015, Saturday 27 June 2015, 6.30pm - Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stageaudio available

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