Kells 2015

Event 21

Irish Fashion: At Home and Abroad

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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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.

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Irish Fashion: At Home and Abroad

Event 22

Anne Chambers

TK Whitaker

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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Biographer Anne Chambers talks for the first time in a public forum about her definitive account of the life and career of one of the greatest Irishmen of the 20th century: TK Whitaker, probably the country’s best known and most influential public servant. She talks to Myles Dungan.

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Anne Chambers

Event 23

Happiness, The Delight-Tree

An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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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.

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Happiness, The Delight-Tree

Event 24

Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival presents: How To Change The World

Special Screening

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Directed by Jerry Rothwell. Duration 112 minutes.

In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone and their protest captures the world’s imagination, giving birth to Greenpeace and defining the modern green movement. Media savvy from the beginning, these pioneers captured their seat-of-the-pants activist adventures on 16mm film. From this vivid archive and sly narration by Robert Hunter, an early guiding force of the organization, Jerry Rothwell has created a thrilling, sometimes terrifying film. When youthful energy comes up against the complexities of a growing organization, and idealism meets compromise, the group find their battle to save the planet forces them also to fight each other. This insightful film is also a vibrant, moving reflection on the struggle to balance the political and the personal.

Winner of World Cinema Documentary Jury Award for Editing, Sundance Film Festival, 2015. Followed by Q&A with director Jerry Rothwell.

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Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival presents: How To Change The World

Event 25

Fintan O’Toole

Three Irish Heresies: What We Can Salvage From the Wreckage of Irish Catholicism

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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The leading author and Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole (Ship of Fools) argues that the future of Irish Catholicism, if it has one, lies in an ongoing thread of heresy.

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Fintan O’Toole

Event 26

John O'Halloran

Biomass to Megawatts

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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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. 

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John O'Halloran

Event 27

Diarmaid Ferriter

A Nation and Not a Rabble

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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One of Ireland’s best-known historians, Diarmaid Ferriter is an Irish Times columnist and author of Judging Dev and The Transformation of Ireland: 1900–2000. He talks about his latest work on the Irish revolutionary period A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolutions, 1913–23.

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Diarmaid Ferriter

Event 29

RTÉ Radio 1 Arena LIVE

Venue: Presbyterian Church
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Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, broadcasts live from Hay Festival Kells. He chats with headline guests for RTÉ’s daily arts and popular cultural show.

Broadcast live from the festival.

Free but ticketed
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RTÉ Radio 1 Arena LIVE

Event 31

Michael Harding

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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The charismatic actor, columnist and dramatist Michael Harding (Staring at Lakes, Hanging with the Elephant), fresh from his memorable portrayal of The Bull McCabe in John B Keane's The Field, reads from his many critically-acclaimed works of memoir and fiction.

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Michael Harding

Event 32

Fred Cooke

Stand-up

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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Kells’ own funnyman, the Cooke of Kells, is returning to Hay Festival Kells. ‘I can’t wait to get back! Like the leaving cert, I have to do it twice.’

Tickets €14 from hotel / €15.50 online. Available direct from the Headfort Arms Hotel, tel: +353 (0)46 924 0063.
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Fred Cooke

Event 33

Poetry at the Railway Bar

Venue: The Railway Bar
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A light-hearted, al fresco evening (weather permitting) of poetry and entertainment featuring some of the festival authors.

Free but ticketed (limited to 2 tickets per person)
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Poetry at the Railway Bar

Event 34

Headfort Demesne: A Summer’s Walk

Venue: Meet at Headfort House for coach transfer
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Escape with the Kells & District Tourism Forum in a rare chance to experience the world of Headfort Demesne through its elegant parklands and river. See the Gothic-Revival Headfort Mausoleum, the elegant 18th-century bridge by Thomas Cooley, the early 20th-century Pinetum and the Island, where members of the Headfort family are buried. The tour concludes with refreshments in the grounds of Headfort House.

Vigorous walking in some parts – only suitable for people in a relatively fit condition.

The coach picks up at 9.30am sharp at Headfort Arms Hotel and 9.45am sharp at Headfort House.

18+ years only
Tickets €10 – available online with Eventbrite, or from the Headfort Arms Hotel (Tourism Desk, Thurs–Sat) or from The Kells Experience, Market Street.
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Headfort Demesne: A Summer’s Walk

Event 35

Deirdre Sullivan

Nightmare Club Workshop

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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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.

8+ years
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Deirdre Sullivan

Event 36

Fabien Erlinghauser

Cartoon Saloon presents: Song of the Sea

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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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.

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Event 37

Bernard Meehan and Claire Breay

The St Cuthbert Gospel

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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Dr Bernard Meehan, Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Claire Breay, Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts at the British Library, discuss scientific investigations into this famous 8th-century manuscript, which was acquired by the British Library in 2012.

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Bernard Meehan and Claire Breay

Event 38

Matt Griffin

A Cage of Roots

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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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.

10+ years
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Matt Griffin

Event 39

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

Freeganism and Food Supply

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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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. 

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

Event 40

Sara Baume

Fictions – The New Generation

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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One of the most accomplished of the new Irish women writers, Sarah Baume is a graduate of the Hennessy New Irish Writing series and won the 2014 Davy Byrnes short story prize. She discusses her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither.

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Sara Baume

Event 41

Derek Landy

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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The global phenomenon that is Derek Landy comes to Kells to talk about his bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, which reached its heart-stopping conclusion last year with The Dying of the Light. Derek might just give you a tiny hint of what is coming later this year in the first of his new trilogy of supernatural thrillers, Demon Road. Be afraid.

9+ years
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Derek Landy

Event 30

Verónica Gerber Bicecci

México20: Secret Lecture*

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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México20 is a project created by Hay Festival, in collaboration with the British Council and Conaculta, to bring together the work of twenty young Mexican writers and promote it to an international readership.

Verónica Gerber Bicecci is one of the writers featuring in the recently published México20 anthology: her Conjunto vacío (‘Empty Set’), excerpted in the anthology, will be published this year by Almadía. Verónica makes visual pieces that are texts and texts that are visual pieces. Her projects explore the infinitesimal trails of things that can’t be heard or seen. Her book Moving Out narrates the transformation of five writers into visual artists.

Her ‘Secret Lecture’ is a visual and literary performance exploring the ephemeral, fragile and contradictory lexical matter of secrets; the paradoxes between telling and hiding, between keeping a secret, writing, and language. The project consists of three parts:

  1.    A 25-minute lecture;
  2.   The (illegible) index cards of the lecturer; and
  3.    A secret.
*To respect its secret nature, this lecture performance can't be recorded.
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Verónica Gerber Bicecci

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