Kinsale literary festival has plenty for all ages
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.