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The author of The Butterfly Heart and The Sleeping Baobab Tree tells stories to fascinate and entertain.Sponsored by Offex Stationery
The National Poet of Wales celebrates Dylan Thomas’s centenary with readings and discusses both how the poet influenced her life and his importance to poetry in the English language everywhere.Supported by the British Council
Anne-Marie Casey was a TV and film producer in the UK before becoming a full-time writer in 2000. She has written numerous scripts for TV and film; her adaptation of Little Women for the Gate Theatre in Dublin was a huge success, and her first novel An Englishwoman in New York was published in 2013 in the US and UK to critical acclaim, and was an Irish bestseller. She talks to Lisa Dwan.Sponsored by The Courtyard
The Eirgrid DebateWhat’s been happening in the environmental world during festival week? We pick through the best and worst, sort the bizarre from the banal and generally sift the global media. Our panel of festival guests discuss with Hay Festival's Sustainability Director, Andy Fryers.
Susan Jane White is a specialist cook, food columnist with The Sunday Independent, former President of Oxford University’s Gastronomy Society, author of current bestselling cookbook The Extra Virgin Kitchen and a popular broadcaster on healthy eating. For a fraction of the price of a GP appointment, Susan Jane White will motivate you to embark on your own journey to glowing health on a diet free of wheat, sugar and dairy.Sponsored by Hogan's Farm
Have you ever wanted to write a novel? How do you get it out of your head and onto the page? How do you handle structure, dialogue and plot? And once it’s written, what is the best way to get it published? These and more questions will be tackled in a new series in The Irish Times called ‘How To Write a Book’. Joining Sinead Gleeson of The Irish Times will be novelists from the festival programme.Supported by The Irish Times
Sally McKenna’s new book Extreme Greens reveals the culinary, health and cosmetic wonders of seaweeds, one of our greatest natural resources. Sally will also give an insight into being one of Ireland’s most noted food writers and critics. She talks to Olivia Duff.Sponsored by Kerrigan's Mushrooms
Master Chef Rory O’Connell is co-founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School and has twice won Ireland’s Chef of the Year award. Rory’s book Master It was named one of The Guardian’s top 20 cookbooks and is winner of the André Simon Food Book Award.Sponsored by The Keltic Bar
Jacek Dehnel is a poet, novelist, painter and translator. In 2005 he was one of the youngest ever winners of Poland’s Koscielski Prize for promising writers and was also awarded the prestigious Paszport Polityki prize. He talks to RTE's Zbyszek Zalinski.Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland
Genealogist Catriona Crowe demonstrates how to use the 1901 and 1911 censuses to trace your ancestry.
You may thank Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, for the revolution that is ‘afternoon tea’ – back in the early nineteenth century she complained of feeling peckish, so the solution was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.
Join Coole Swan and chef Shane Smith to explore some traditional and not-so-traditional Afternoon Tea treats. Presented by John Healy from RTÉ's The Restaurant.Sponsored by Coole Swan Superior Irish Cream Liqueur
At this social event Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers and Enrico Fantasia of Grape Circus present a selection of modern Irish cheeses and Old World wines. Tastings included.Sponsored by Sheridans Cheesemongers
Louis de Bernières (Imagining Alexandria) and Nerys Williams (Sound Archive) read from their latest work. Louis will also read from some of his unpublished works.
An interactive and fun kids’ cookery session with the help of our friends at Causey Farm. Andy Bogie and Moya Ferry are Cook'n Good facilitators who have had real life food adventures that span many continents and countries!
6+ yearsSponsored by Causey Farm
Our Passion For Irish Food – Nutrition, Economics or Culture?
Some of Ireland’s leading food bloggers discuss what drives their passion for food. A panel debate featuring Kristin Jensen (Edible Ireland), Imen McDonnell (Modern Farmette), Aoife McElwain (I Can Has Cook), Caitriona Redmond (Wholesome Ireland), and Lily Ramirez-Foran (A Mexican Cook). Chaired by Kevin Sheridan.Sponsored by O'Brien's Super Valu
The writer, director and co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his comic writing.
Laugh Out Loud
A side-splitting session with the swashbuckling children’s author and illustrator, creator of Princess Smartypants, Dr Dog, Mummy Laid an Egg and her latest book James Rabbit and the Giggleberries. Learn how to write and illustrate a children’s picture book and join the fun!
Presented by Michell Darmody, owner of the famous Dublin 'Cake Café' and author of the Cake Café cook book.Sponsored by The Vanilla Pod Restaurant
City of Fate
Nicola Pierce is author of the bestselling Spirit of the Titanic. Her latest novel is City of Fate. Aimed at nine-year-olds and upwards, the novel is set during the battle of Stalingrad, when the Russians managed to hold off the forces of Nazi Germany against all odds. Nicola will discuss how she researched and wrote the book, using photographs to show how the most important battle of World War II was fought and won.
The creator of Quirke talks to Myles Dungan about his renewal of the Raymond Chandler franchise in his novel The Black Eyed Blonde.Sponsored by Smurfit Kappa
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