Kin­sale lit­er­ary fes­ti­val has plenty for all ages

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Der­mot Ryan

The count­down is on to this week’s Kin­sale Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val.

Run­ning from Thurs­day un­til Sun­day, it has plenty on of­fer for read­ers of all ages.

The fol­low-up to last year’s smash hit

the shelves last week and, if Cork fans are keen for an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss it, they don’t have long to wait.

Au­thors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen will be in Kin­sale on Sat­ur­day next, as one of the head­line events of the 2018 year fes­ti­val.

The two au­thors will dis­cuss Ais­ling’s on­go­ing dra­mas and their plans to bring her story to the sil­ver screen.

The dis­cus­sion takes place at an event in The Tri­dent Ho­tel on Sat­ur­day night.

On Fri­day night, at the same venue, Kin­sale na­tive Tara Flynn along with Al­i­son Spit­tle and Si­mon Mul­hol­land will grill each other on com­edy writ­ing, ac­tivism, sound­ness and the busi­ness they call “show”.

Else­where over the week­end, Ir­ish writer Carlo Gébler will dis­cuss with lo­cal writer Alan­nah Hop­kins books which have been piv­otal in his work.

Sinead Glea­son, Ailbhe Smyth and Eimear Ryan form a panel to dis­cuss the health of women’s writ­ing, past and present, and dis­cuss the an­thol­ogy col­lec­tion

The week­end also caters for fans of non-fic­tion, with one of the Cork au­thors of the im­pos­ing

ap­pear­ing on Sun­day. There are a num­ber of ded­i­cated po­etry events and show­cases of up and com­ing poets and au­thors.

At­ten­dees can tour the har­bour town with Kin­sale Her­itage Town Walks on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day which will in­clude a spe­cial sec­tion on the writ­ers and artists who live and have lived in Kin­sale.

Work­shops in­clude one from noted Cork song­writer John Spil­lane who also plays a gig in the town and a mas­ter­class on how to get from ‘Couch to 100k’ for as­pir­ing writ­ers.

For full de­tails of the pro­gramme and to book events, visit www.words­by­wa­ter.ie.

Tick­ets will also be avail­able on the door at each event.

The ma­jor event of the fes­ti­val will be on Wednes­day at 7.30 pm, the launch of a book edited by Alan­nah Hop­kins.

The book is a com­mu­nity project to doc­u­ment and pub­lish the sto­ries, mem­o­ries and feel­ings of res­i­dents, and those with a spe­cial con­nec­tion to­wards the his­toric town.

This project, un­der the aus­pices of Words By Wa­ter, Kin­sale’s lit­er­ary fes­ti­val, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Kin­sale C h a m b e r o f To u r i s m a n d Busi­ness, is de­signed to cap­ture the thoughts, feel­ings and mem­o­ries of the peo­ple of Kin­sale, old and young, for use in a dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tion with a pa­per ver­sion also avail­able.

The project re­ceived some fund­ing from Creative Ire­land and is be­ing sup­ported by Words By Wa­ter 2018, in­clud­ing printed sales of the fin­ished book.

Writer and novelist Alan­nah Hop­kins who has edited ‘My Kin­sale’ be­ing launched at the town’s lit­er­ary fes­ti­val this week.

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