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  • Karrie Fransman

    The House That Groaned

    Karrie Fransman

    The graphic novelist and comic strip creator talks about her latest novel, about the oddball tenants of a shared London house. ‘A brilliant gothic description of the atomized nature of city living’ – Metro.


    This event is not suitable for children.

    Kells 2013, Friday 28 June 2013, 1pm - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Meeting Future Energy Needs

    The Eirgrid Debates 1

    Meeting Future Energy Needs

    More than 1.3 billion people currently lack access to electricity, while a burgeoning global middle class is demanding more. How can we meet these energy needs while still reining in greenhouse gas emissions?

    Kells 2013, Friday 28 June 2013, 2.30pm - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Owen Sheers

    Pink Mist – Reading followed by Q&A

    Owen Sheers

    A reading from this verse drama originally broadcast over a week on Radio 4. Three school friends return from Afghanistan to face the consequences of their tours, for them and the women in their lives. Drawn from interviews with wounded veterans, Pink Mist is a lyric narrative of rare dramatic and emotional intensity. Followed by Q&A with poet Nerys Williams.

    ‘Breathtaking, unforgettable’ – Dannie Abse.

    ‘A phenomenal poem’ – Captain Ed Poytner, 2 Rifles.

    Kells 2013, Friday 28 June 2013, 4pm - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Lisa Dwan

    Not I

    Lisa Dwan

    Lisa reprises her performance of Samuel Beckett’s play Not I, which she performed to rave reviews earlier this year at London’s The Royal Court. Followed by Q&A session with Elizabeth Hunt.

    ‘It was a privilege to hear her’ – 5-star review from Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.

    Kells 2013, Friday 28 June 2013, 5.30pm - Breslin Stageaudio available

  • Germaine Greer

    Shakespeare’s Lovers

    Germaine Greer

    Shakespeare is the inventor of the comedy of wooing and wiving; his idea of the lover has more in common with Justin Bieber than with Mr Darcy. What can we learn from the example of Shakespeare’s boy lovers? Shakespeare’s notions may be closer to female fantasy than we think.

    Kells 2013, Friday 28 June 2013, 7pm - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Frank McGuinness and Nerys Williams

    Frank McGuinness and Nerys Williams

    Frank McGuinness, the playwright and poet, author of The Factory Girls and the screenplay of Dancing At Lughnasa, and Nerys Williams, a native Welsh speaker and recipient of a Fulbright Scholar’s Award at UC Berkeley, whose latest book is entitled Sound Archive, read from their collections of poetry.

    Kells 2013, Friday 28 June 2013, 7pm - Church of Irelandaudio available

  • Sustaining A Growing Population

    The Eirgrid Debates 2

    Sustaining A Growing Population

    With the world’s population expected to hit 10 billion by 2100, the earth’s capacity to sustain the human population and its increasing demands remains a critical issue. What are the energy implications for Ireland? What will be the balance between technological breakthrough and lifestyle change?

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 11am - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Gabriel Rosenstock

    Gabriel Rosenstock

    Údar/aistritheoir breis is 160 leabhar é Gabriel Rosenstock, dánta, haiku, úrscéalta, leabhair do dhaoine óga, drámaí, gearrscéalta, aistí agus eile ina measc.

    Haiku master Gabriel Rosenstock will conduct a bilingual haiku workshop in Irish and English. Rosenstock's Irish translation of the haiku of Jack Kerouac, sioc maidine/morning frost, was recently launched at the Dublin Writers Festival. Internationally known as a poet and haikuist, Rosenstock's titles include Haiku Englightenment and Haiku, The Gentle Art of Disappearing (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Come and learn how to write and enjoy haiku.

    Irish language event

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 12pm - Church of Irelandaudio available

  • Donna Mullen in conversation

    Law And The Environment

    Donna Mullen in conversation

    What are the benefits to society of an unpolluted environment? Donna Mullen, a director at The Irish Environmental Network discusses this and their current Constitutional Campaign.

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 12.30pm - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Energy, Environment and the Economy

    The Eirgrid Debates 3

    Energy, Environment and the Economy

    The Government hopes that the energy and environment sectors will provide strong economic growth and job creation in Ireland in the years and decades to come. What are the likely developments?

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 2pm - Church of Irelandaudio available

  • Ronan Sheehan

    Saint Colmcille

    Ronan Sheehan

    The novelist, lawyer and founder of the Dublin branch of the European Centre for Latin delivers a lecture on the old copyright law of Saint Colmcille that still underscores today’s decisions. This lively, engaging and entertaining talk firmly ties in the first copyright ruling of Western Europe with Kells and Tara.

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 2pm - Breslin Stageaudio available

  • Hay Festival Authors

    Authors & Authorities: Who Do We Trust?

    Hay Festival Authors

    Are the main institutions that structure our lives still trustworthy? The media, the church, major financial institutions – and politicians’ confidence in these institutions – are in serious decline. Hay Festival authors including Francine Stock, Gabriel Rosenstock and Lisa Dwan discuss with Google’s John Kampfner.

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 3.30pm - Breslin Stageaudio available

  • Manchan Magan

    Manchan Magan

    The writer, traveller and television programme-maker runs through the pleasures and pitfalls of travel writing.

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 3.30pm - Church of Irelandaudio available

  • John Banville

    John Banville

    The Booker Prize-winner discusses his story of obsessive young love and the power of grief, Ancient Light, and previews clips from the forthcoming film of The Sea. He talks to RTÉ’s Joe Duffy.

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 5pm - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Sarah Webb

    Ask Amy Green

    Sarah Webb

    Using toys, clothes and photos from her childhood, Sarah will talk about growing up in Dublin and how she became a writer. She will also read from the latest book in the Ask Amy Green series, Wedding Belles (published in September 2013) and take questions from the audience. Be warned: this may involve some audience participation, acting and wig-wearing.


    10+ years


    All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 5pm - Church of Irelandaudio available

  • Eurig Salisbury and Alan Titley

    Welsh and Irish

    Eurig Salisbury and Alan Titley

    Scoláire, colúnaí le The Irish Times, úrscéalaí, gearrscéalaí, fabhalscéalaí, staraí liteartha, craoltóir agus drámadóir is ea Alan Titley.

    The Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children’s Poet Laureate) 2011–2013 and Hay International Fellow for 2012–2013 Eurig Salisbury has published a collection of children’s poetry amd a book of poems, Llyfr Glas Eurig (‘Eurig’s Blue Book’). Alan Titley is a scholar, columnist with The Irish Times, novelist, short story and fable writer, literary historian, broadcaster and playwright. They read from their work and discuss the riches of the Welsh and Irish languages. Chaired by Sharon ni Bheoláin of RTÉ News.

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 5pm - Church of Ireland Hallaudio available

  • Gerry Stembridge

    Gerry Stembridge

    The writer, director and actor, co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his novels, The Effect of Her and Unspoken, his tales of Ireland in the 60's and 70's.

    ‘Extraordinarily vivid, knowing and satisfyingly irreverent’ – John Banville. ‘Gerry Stembridge is an outstanding Irish artist’ – Irish Independent.

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 7pm - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé

    I gComhrá

    Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé

    Óna chéad leabhar, A Thig ná Tit Orm, i leith, tá cáil agus tarraingt i bhfad is i gcéin ar Mhaidhc Dainín Ó Sé. Foilsíodh a shaothar is déanaí Punt Isló i mbliana. Labhróidh sé linn, i gcomhrá, faoi seo agus tuilleadh!!

    Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, a man of many talents, is a well-known author in his native Irish language. An occasion not to be missed, where he will speak to us in discussion about his works, travels and passions.

    Irish language event

    Kells 2013, Saturday 29 June 2013, 7pm - Church of Irelandaudio available

  • Pádraic Óg Gallagher

    Potato

    Pádraic Óg Gallagher

    The Gallagher’s Boxty House chef looks at the introduction and assimilation of the potato into Irish culture and cuisine, from its late 16th-century arrival to its role in NASA’s exploration of Mars. He talks to Kevin Sheridan of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers.

    Kells 2013, Sunday 30 June 2013, 11am - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

  • JP McMahon

    Aesthetic Investigations Into The Culinary Field

    JP McMahon

    The celebrated chef will discuss the idea of terroir in relation to food and art history, specifically looking at how terroir not only reveals our sense of place but also how we got here.

    Kells 2013, Sunday 30 June 2013, 12.30pm - Eirgrid Stageaudio available

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