Kells 2015

Event 60

Tom Dunne

What Happens on Tour

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Newstalk presenter and Something Happens front man Tom Dunne talks about his ‘work in progress’ – an account of touring the USA with the legendary but often bizarre rock star, the late Warren Zevon. The result often reads more like fiction than fact.

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Tom Dunne

Event 61

Paul Murray

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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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.

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Paul Murray

Event 62

Marian Keyes

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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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.

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Marian Keyes

Event 63

Erika McGann

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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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
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Erika McGann

Event 64

Lenny Abrahamson, Ed Guiney and Malcolm Campbell

The Creative Triangle

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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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).

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Lenny Abrahamson, Ed Guiney and Malcolm Campbell

Event 65

Martina Devlin

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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Best-selling author and journalist Martina Devlin (Ship of Dreams, The Hollow Heart) talks about the true story of eighteenth-century witchcraft and paranoia in her latest novel The House Where it Happened.

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Martina Devlin

Event 66

Dermot McMonagle

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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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.

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Dermot McMonagle

Event 67

John O’Donoghue

Fools & Mad

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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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.

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John O’Donoghue

Event 68

Roddy Doyle

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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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.

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Roddy Doyle

Event 69

Scritture Giovani 2015 – Home

Llyr Gwyn Lewis, Marco Parlato and Elske Rahill

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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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.

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Scritture Giovani 2015 – Home

Event 70

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Sinatra

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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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.

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Event 71

Colin Barrett

Young Skins

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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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.

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Colin Barrett

Event 72

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

Readings and Reflections: On Seamus Heaney

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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Six leading Irish poets read from the Irish Pages memorial issue, ‘Heaney’, and reflect on the man and his work.

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

Event 73

Screening: Parked

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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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.

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Screening: Parked

Event 74

Deirdre Kinahan

Halcyon Days

Venue: Headfort Arms Hotel – Charles Noell Stage
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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.

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Deirdre Kinahan

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