Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

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Event 1

Vandra Costello and Thomas Pakenham

Irish Demesne Landscapes, 1660–1740

Venue: Tullynally Castle & Garden
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The author of Irish Demesne Landscapes talks about the history and development of formal gardening in Ireland in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. She describes the people who created these gardens, the influences that affected them, the materials that they employed and the uses of landscape interventions.

Vandra’s talk will be followed by a tour of Tullynally Castle’s garden hosted by Thomas Pakenham, author of Meetings with Remarkable TreesThe Boer War, The Scramble for Africa and The Year of Liberty.

Photo by Thomas Pakenham

Own transport required
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Vandra Costello and Thomas Pakenham

Event 2

Ann Meldon Hugh, Sculptor

Launch – A Beautiful Life: An Exhibition of Ceramic Sculpture

Venue: The Chamber, Kells Civic Offices
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Ann is an award-winning sculptor who lives and works in Kells, Co. Meath. She has 26 public sculptures throughout Ireland including ‘Gateway to Meath’, Clonee Bypass, Co. Meath; JFK, New Ross; and ‘Looking to the Future’, Gateway to Birr sculpture, Co. Offaly. She has a studio practice of smaller works and commissions. She works in bronze and ceramic.

The exhibition runs Thursday 25 June–Sunday 28 June.
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Ann Meldon Hugh, Sculptor

Event 3

American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the cataclysmic American Civil War. Up to 200,000 Irish-born soldiers participated in this divisive conflict, on both sides. We mark this anniversary with a day of 45-minute lectures.

10am: Damien Shiels
Damien Shiels is author of the definitive and highly influential work The Irish in the American Civil War.

11am: Glen Gendzel
American historian Glen Gendzel talks about the story of California in the American Civil War.

12pm: Robert Doyle
Robert Doyle tells the story of Carlow-born Civil War veteran Myles Keogh on the anniversary of his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

2pm: Myles Dungan
The presenter of the RTÉ Radio 1 History Show will highlight the life of Oldcastle Civil War veteran, the author and journalist Charles Halpine, and his hilarious creation Myles O’Reilly.

3pm: Tom Bartlett
Thomas Bartlett of Aberdeen University talks about President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

4pm: David Gleeson
David Gleeson (The Green and the Gray) looks at the Irish who fought for the Confederate States of America between 1861 and 1865.

Buy a ticket for all morning and afternoon sessions (events 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10) for just €20.
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American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Event 4

Damian Shiels

American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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Damian Shiels is author of the definitive and highly influential work The Irish in the American Civil War.

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Damian Shiels

Event 8

Myles Dungan

American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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The presenter of the RTÉ Radio 1 History Show highlights the life of Oldcastle Civil War veteran, the author and journalist Charles Halpine, and his hilarious creation Miles O’Reilly.

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Myles Dungan

Event 6

Antiquarian and Rare Book Auction

Venue: Oliver Usher Auction Rooms, John Street
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A guaranteed treasure trove for book-lovers. Rare books, manuscripts, literature, historical memorabilia and collectables. This auction includes the library of Carrigglas Manor, Longford, a portfolio of military documents from 1798, Lough Eske, Donegal estate papers, and much more.

Contact Oliver Usher Auction Rooms for further information:
Phone: +353 0(46) 9241097
www.usherauctions.com

On view Wednesday 24 June, 10am–6pm.
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Antiquarian and Rare Book Auction

Event 7

Robert Doyle

American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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Robert Doyle talks about Carlow-born Civil War veteran Myles Keogh on the anniversary of his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

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Robert Doyle

Event 5

Glen Gendzel

American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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American historian Glen Gendzel talks about the story of California in the American Civil War.

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Glen Gendzel

Event 9

Tom Bartlett

American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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Thomas Bartlett of Aberdeen University talks about President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

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Tom Bartlett

Event 10

David Gleeson

American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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David Gleeson (The Green and the Gray) looks at the Irish who fought for the Confederate States of America between 1861 and 1865.

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David Gleeson

Event 11

Launch of Kells Type Trail

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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This is the sixth year of the Kells Type Trail, which will see the word ‘Imagine’ appearing in various locations around the town. The Type Trail is a celebration of lettering as a modern art form. Start at Number 1 on the Type Trail map and follow the Trail throughout the town of Kells. At each stop you will see different variations of this year’s chosen word, interpreted in a variety of art forms by artists and local community groups.

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Launch of Kells Type Trail

Event 12

Matthew Gilsenan and Myles Dungan

The Green, the Blue and the Gray: American Civil War 150th Anniversary Series

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the cataclysmic American Civil War. Up to 200,000 Irish-born soldiers participated in this divisive conflict, on both sides. To mark this sesquicentennial, Myles Dungan (How the Irish Won the West) and Matthew Gilsenan of the Celtic Tenors join forces for The Green, the Blue and the Gray – a night of Irish songs of the Civil War.

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Matthew Gilsenan and Myles Dungan

Event 13

Girley Bog Eco-Walk at Trailhead

Venue: Meet at Headfort Arms Hotel for Coach
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A walk around Girley Bog, with representatives from Coillte, the Native Woodland Trust and the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, discussing their conservation and restoration work at this Natural Heritage Area. Maurice Eakin of the NPWS will give a recital of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Bogland’ poem.

The coach picks up at 9.40am sharp at the Headfort Arms Hotel. The walk starts from Trailhead at 10am sharp.

Tickets also available at the Headfort Arms Hotel (Tourism Desk, Thurs–Sat) or at The Kells Experience, Market Street.
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Girley Bog Eco-Walk at Trailhead

Event 14

Matt Spangler

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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A masterclass on theatrical adaptation from Matt Spangler, award-winning American playwright and writer of the stage adaptation of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner.

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Matt Spangler

Event 15

Catherine Cleary and Kevin Sheridan

The Story of Cheese

Venue: Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, Virginia Road Station, Pottlereagh
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Catherine Cleary is an award-winning journalist and food critic. She joins Kevin Sheridan to discuss their forthcoming book covering the history of, the making of, types of, and future of – cheese! The event will include a tasting of some of Ireland’s favorite cheeses.

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Catherine Cleary and Kevin Sheridan

Event 17

Lynda La Plante

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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The sensational Prime Suspect, written for Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison, sealed Lynda La Plante’s reputation as one of the greatest ever British crime writers. Her other screenwriting credits include Widows, Trial and Retribution, The Commander and Above Suspicion. Lynda discusses her writings and career, and previews her new book Tennison (due out on 24 September), the prequel to Prime Suspect, which sees Jane's induction into police life and her development into the character we see portrayed on screen. Chaired by Myles Dungan.

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Lynda La Plante

Event 16

Jay Griffiths

Kith

Venue: Church of Ireland – Carmel Naughton Stage
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An examination of childhood and the freedoms of space, time and the natural world, from West Papua and the Arctic to suburban western Europe.

Jay Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the ChildscapeWild: An Elemental JourneyPip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon.

Jay talks to Tiarnán de Hál.

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Jay Griffiths

Event 18

Lane Ashfeldt

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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Lane Ashfeldt discusses the pros and cons, and practicalities of raiding history books and family stories to create fiction. The short stories in Lane’s book SaltWater cover the century from 1918 to 2018. SaltWater was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. Lane talks to Sam Tranum, writer and editor, and member of the Liberties Press editorial team.

Photo by Sissu

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Lane Ashfeldt

Event 19

Rosanna Davison

Eat Yourself Beautiful

Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage
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Rosanna Davison talks about how she came to study nutrition. She gives us the skinny on her own diet and lifestyle, and shares her top tips from her new book Eat Yourself Beautiful on cutting out sugar and including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.

Photo by Miki Barlok

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Rosanna Davison

Event 20

Eamon Rafter

Building Peace Worldwide

Venue: Iona Hall – Meath County Council Stage
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With a background in building relationships within conflicted communities, Eamon Rafter discusses his account of the forty-year history of the Glencree Reconciliation Centre in Co. Wicklow.

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Eamon Rafter

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