Kildare Readers' Festival 2017

1st - 15th October

The Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service are very proud to deliver an entirely free literary festival with the aim of connecting readers with authors and artists, to bring the very best from the world of literature to Kildare. 

The Festival

The festival programme has something for everyone, including regular favourites such as Ten Books You Should Read and the Sunday Morning Session with the wonderful Dermot Bolger.

The event organisers hope you will take time out during the month of October, and particularly over the weekend of 13th-15th, to enjoy the literary and artistic delights, and avail of their pop-up festival book shop in Riverbank Arts Centre, and they look forward to your company in celebrating the written word.

The Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service are committed to ensuring that the festival remains accessible to all, and so All Events are FREE of charge, though bookings are essential through the Box Office at Riverbank Arts Centre
T: 045 448327

* Please note there is a €1 charge for online bookings

Please note that no booking is required for Paper Trail on October 1st or An Féasta Liteartha on October 3rd. All welcome!

Please note that the following Fringe event must be booked at the participating library:
The Short Story with Sinead Gleeson, John MacKenna and June Caldwell
Date: Friday, 13th October, 11am
Naas Community Library E: T: 045 879111

Stay connected and The Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service will keep you posted!

The festival bookshop is provided courtesy of Farrell & Nephew Bookstore, Newbridge
Please note there are no card payment facilities available

Schedule of Events


Sunday 1st October
Paper Trail: A guided walk with poetry readings, celebrating the work of Dennis O' Driscoll, in the company of Martina Clancy, Eibhlín Ní Chearbhaill and friends.
11.00am - 12 noon
Naas Racecourse, Dublin Road Entrance

Tuesday 3rd October
An Feasta Liteartha: le hEilis Ni Dhuibhne, Urscealai, is Colm Breathnach, File, is an Dr Liam Mac Amhlaigh.
Brady's Clockhouse, Maynooth

Friday 6th October
An Evening with John Connolly
Killashee Hotel

Saturday 7th October
The KRF Book Brunch with Claudia Carroll, in Conversation with Margaret Madden
Celbridge Manor Hotel

Thursday 12th October
The Double Act: Dennis O'Driscoll and Seamus Heaney in Stepping Stones.
A Public Lecture with Martin Dyar

Naas Town Hall

Friday 13th October
The Short Story with Sinead Gleeson, John MacKenna and June Caldwell
Naas Community Library

Liz Nugent and Louise McSharry in Cahoots with Rob Doyle
Riverbank Arts Centre

Saturday 14th October
Ten Books You Should Read with Catriona Crowe and Manchán Magan
10.30am- 12noon
Riverbank Arts Centre

Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards: Looking Back and Forth
Featuring Hazel Gaynor and Martin Malone with Sarah Maria Griffin

1.30pm - 3.00pm
Riverbank Arts Centre

Writing and Creating Modern Irish Theatre: Phillip McMahon and Tom Swift in Conversation
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Riverbank Arts Centre

Writing Hidden Worlds: Peter Murphy and Lisa Harding in Conversation
6.30pm - 7.30pm
Riverbank Arts Centre

Hearts and Minds: An Evening with Donal Ryan and Martin Dyar

Riverbank Arts Centre

Sunday 15th October
Sunday Morning Session: Paul Howard in Conversation with Dermot Bolger
11.00am - 12.30pm
Riverbank Arts Centre

All events are FREE of charge, but are ticketed, so booking is essential.
Book online at or call Box Office on 045 448327

*Please note that there is a €1 charge for online bookings

Download Brochure


Download Festival Brochure 2017 (5.5mb, pdf)

Platform4 Audio and Digital Media Studio


A versatile space for artists / musicians / filmmakers

The Platform4 Audio and Digital Media Studio uses industry standard equipment to ensure artists receive the highest quality product and support.

The Platform4 Studio is a versatile space and develops programmes and mentoring opportunities based on artists needs.

The Audio studio is powered by 'Pro Tools' software to assist artists and musicians.

The Digital Media Studio uses 'Final Cut Pro' software, allowing filmmakers and artists achieve their artistic vision.

If you have an idea of how to use the studio or would simply like to view the facility, please contact Eoghan Doyle to arrange a meeting.

Commercial rates for both studios are priced competitively, for rates contact the Arts Office

For further information on the Platform4 Studio and bookings contact:
Eoghan Doyle, Kildare Assistant County Arts Service

Email: | Tel: 045 – 448328


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