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Karrie Fransman

The House That Groaned

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Meeting Future Energy Needs

The Eirgrid Debates 1

Kells 2013, 

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?

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Owen Sheers

Pink Mist – Reading followed by Q&A

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Lisa Dwan

Not I

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Frank McGuinness and Nerys Williams

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Sustaining A Growing Population

The Eirgrid Debates 2

Kells 2013, 

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?

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Gabriel Rosenstock

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Donna Mullen in conversation

Law And The Environment

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Energy, Environment and the Economy

The Eirgrid Debates 3

Kells 2013, 

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?

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Ronan Sheehan

Saint Colmcille

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Hay Festival Authors

Authors & Authorities: Who Do We Trust?

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Manchan Magan

Kells 2013, 

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

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John Banville

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Sarah Webb

Ask Amy Green

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Eurig Salisbury and Alan Titley

Welsh and Irish

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Gerry Stembridge

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé

I gComhrá

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Pádraic Óg Gallagher

Potato

Kells 2013, 

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.

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JP McMahon

Aesthetic Investigations Into The Culinary Field

Kells 2013, 

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.

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Karlin Lillington, John Maher, TJ McIntyre and John Kampfner

Blog And Be Damned: Social Media And Libel In Ireland

Kells 2013, 

What constitutes fair comment, as opposed to defamation, on social media and should the standard be the same as for traditional media? Is the freedom inherent in social media threatened by the chilling effect of potential claims for libel? To what extent should tweeters and bloggers be as aware of the dangers of libel as are professional journalists? Karlin Lillington of The Irish Times, barrister John Maher, TJ McIntyre, Lecturer in Law at University College Dublin, and Google’s John Kampfner discuss with Myles Dungan.

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DBC Pierre

Kells 2013, 

The Booker Prize-winning author makes a rare public appearance to discuss his life and work with Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Tiffany Murray

Kells 2013, 

The Hay International Fellow 2011–2012 will talk about growing up with rock stars, and her novel Diamond Star Halo (shortlisted for the Bollinger Prize and the London Award) to political journalist Ken Murray.

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Peter Fallon and Vona Groarke

Kells 2013, 

Poet, editor and publisher, founder of The Gallery Press, Peter Fallon reads poems from his published works alongside award-winning poet Vona Groarke, whose collections include Spindrift, Juniper Street and Flight.

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Brendan Lynch

Kells 2013, 

Kells native Brendan, a finalist in 2012’s Great British Bake Off, has been passionate about baking for 30 years. Join him as he demonstrates some of the skills that took him to the final and talks to Fáilte Ireland Food Champion Olivia Duff about his plans to take baking into retirement homes.

For more information & recipes go to www.brendanbakes.co.uk