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

Freeganism and Food Supply

Kells 2015, 

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. 

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

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Deirdre Sullivan

Workshop for Teen Readers

Kells 2015, 

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.

Deirdre Sullivan

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Ben Okri

Kells 2015, 

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

Ben Okri

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Kells 2015, 

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

9–14 years
Fabien Erlinghauser

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Kells 2015, 

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

9–14 years
Fabien Erlinghauser

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Anne Enright

Fictions – The Green Road

Kells 2015, 

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

Anne Enright

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Linda Ervine

Kells 2015, 

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.

Linda Ervine

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Looking for Madeleine

Kells 2015, 

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.

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

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Phillip Barrett

Where's Larry?

Kells 2015, 

Philip Barrett is an illustrator, designer and comic artist originally from Co. Donegal. Find Larry the Leprechaun in this illustration workshop, based on his book Where’s Larry?

4–14 years
Phillip Barrett

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Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáín. Duration 80 minutes.

A riveting and haunting documentary about Neal McGregor, a 44-year-old English artist who died in the stone shed where he lived on the small Donegal island of Inisbofin. He left behind only volumes of secret diaries and animal carvings. The Irish-speaking islanders knew little of Neal during the eight years he lived there. This is a documentary about memory and perception, a journey to capture an unusual portrait of a man, living on the edge, both physically and mentally, and the insular Irish-speaking island community he lived among. Followed by a Q&A with director Neasa Ní Chianáin.

Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival presents: The Stranger

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Erika McGann

Kells 2015, 

Children’s fiction writer Erika McGann, author of The Demon Notebook series, conducts an interactive talk about writing books for younger readers and writers.

8+ years
Erika McGann

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Ann Carroll

Kells 2015, 

The author of the In a Nutshell series of books about Irish folklore and historical events conducts a workshop for young readers.

Photo by Priory Studios

6–10 years
Ann Carroll

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Paul Murray

Kells 2015, 

The author of the inspired tragi-comic novel Skippy Dies (long-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize) reads from that book and from his soon-to-be-published The Mark and the Void. He talks to Sinead Gleeson, presenter of The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

Paul Murray

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Marian Keyes

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Kells 2015, 

Keyes’ stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. Her internationally bestselling novels include Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Mystery of Mercy Close.

Marian Keyes

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Erika McGann

Kells 2015, 

Erika McGann, author of The Demon Notebook, The Broken Spell and The Watching Wood, conducts an interactive talk about writing books for pre-teen readers and aspiring authors.

10+ years
Erika McGann

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Lenny Abrahamson, Ed Guiney and Malcolm Campbell

The Creative Triangle

Kells 2015, 

The relationship between screenplay writer, producer and director has been called ‘the creative triangle’. So how does power and creative control shift between members of this team? And how does this multiple authorship affect the auteur theory idea that the director is the creative author of the film? A panel discussion chaired by Darragh Byrne (Parked), with director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul, Garage, Frank), producer Ed Guiney of Element Pictures (The Guard, What Richard Did), and writer Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did).

Lenny Abrahamson, Ed Guiney and Malcolm Campbell

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Dermot McMonagle

Kells 2015, 

Dermot McMonagle is a Cavan-based historian and the author of 29 Main Street: Living With Partition, an account of the rise of Sinn Fein from 1917.

Dermot McMonagle

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John O’Donoghue

Fools & Mad

Kells 2015, 

This follow-up to John O’Donoghue’s award-winning memoir, Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (Mind Book of the Year) addresses the economic and political issues of Ireland. An epic satire, Fools & Mad tells the story of twelve great Irish poets who have been incarcerated by Swift in a palatial ‘House for Fools & Mad’. These men compose a jury for the ‘Court of Poetry’ where they try the Celtic Tiger. Arguing the case against the Tiger, this striking and politically-charged poem evokes a sense of Twelve Angry Men meets the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

John O’Donoghue

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Roddy Doyle

Kells 2015, 

The dearly treasured Booker Prize-winning novelist, screenwriter and dramatist discusses his work. His books include The Barrytown Trilogy, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Oh Play That Thing, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors and Two Pints. He also co-wrote Roy Keane’s memoir The Second Half. His stage adaptation of The Commitments is now running on the West End in London. In the television series Father Ted, the character Father Dougal Maguire’s unusual sudden use of (mild) profanities is blamed on his having 'been reading those Roddy Doyle books again.' Roddy talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

Roddy Doyle

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Scritture Giovani 2015 – Home

Llyr Gwyn Lewis, Marco Parlato and Elske Rahill

Kells 2015, 

Four writers under the age of 30 are commissioned to write a story on the same theme of ‘home’, each of which is then translated into Italian, German and English. The writers visit four festivals (Mantova and Berlin in September, Hay Festival Wales in May, Hay Festival Kells in June) to discuss their work.

This time we asked the writers to write about 'home', which is perhaps more difficult to find in a world where people are often on the move, where relationships are less consolidated than in the past, and where people no longer feel the same sense of belonging to a mother country. The stories collected in the 2015 anthology include homes that offer comfort, arouse memories and suggest a future. At least as long as the story lasts.

The Scritture Giovani 2015 writers talk to Tiarnán de Hál.

Scritture Giovani 2015 – Home

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Sinatra

Kells 2015, 

On the centenary of the birth of ‘flawed genius’ Frank Sinatra, the authors of the biography Sinatra: A Life talk about the life and career of ‘Old Blue Eyes’, his Mafia associations, his crowded love-life and his tangled relationship with US presidents.

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

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Colin Barrett

Young Skins

Kells 2015, 

Colin Barrett is one of the most compelling and distinctive new Irish voices. His sensational debut collection of short stories is set in Glanbaigh, a small town in rural Ireland. A town in which the youth have the run of the place. Young Skins won the 2014 Rooney Prize, Frank O’Connor Prize and Guardian First Fiction Award. Colin talks to Christine Monk.

Colin Barrett

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Kerry Hardie, Paddy Bushe, Chris Agee, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Moya Cannon and Seán Lysaght

Readings and Reflections: On Seamus Heaney

Kells 2015, 

Six leading Irish poets read from the Irish Pages memorial issue, ‘Heaney’, and reflect on the man and his work.

Kerry Hardie, Paddy Bushe, Chris Agee, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Moya Cannon and Seán Lysaght

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Screening: Parked

Kells 2015, 

A multi-award-winning first feature by Kells-based director Darragh Byrne, starring Colm Meaney as a man down on his luck who moves back to Ireland and, living in his car, befriends a young man and a music teacher. Introduced by the director, with Jacqueline Kerrin and Dominic Wright from Ripple World Pictures. Film starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan with Milka Ahlroth.

‘Possibly the gentlest, sweetest movie about junkies and homelessness you’re ever likely to see, Darragh Byrne’s stripped-down debut brims with charm. Packing two terrific turns and an offbeat spirit, this coming-of-middle-age comedy is an unexpected treat.’ – Total Film.

Screening: Parked

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Deirdre Kinahan

Halcyon Days

Kells 2015, 

Award-winning Meath-based playwright Deirdre Kinahan talks about her work, with a reading of her tender and funny hit play Halcyon Days (Irish Times Best New Play, Edinburgh Fringe First) with celebrated Abbey actors Maura Hastings and Des Cave, directed by David Horan.

Deirdre Kinahan

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