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KILDARE READERS FESTIVAL 2010

KILDARE READERS FESTIVAL 2010

www.kildarereadersfestival.ie

This weekend sees the inauguration of a unique event in the Osprey Hotel in Naas - Friday 14th - Saturday 16th May. A truly rare opportunity for book lovers and lovers of literature to experience at first hand what it means to write a book, to meet with favourite authors and enjoy interviews and discussions with some of Ireland's best-known writers.

The festival will be opened on Friday by the Mayor of Co. Kildare, Cllr. Colm Purcell, followed by a performance of Chekov's, The Proposal and the inaugural session with Joseph O'Connor. A full card on Saturday includes such literary greats as Sheila O'Flanagan and Claire Keegan as well as a walking tour of Naas, a second chance to catch The Proposal culminating with a reading and interview with Ireland's premier thriller writer, John Connolly.  A well crafted coffee morning with Brian Keenan, John Minihan and Dermot Bolger finishes the proceedings on Sunday morning. Booking forms are available online

For those with a special interest in history, please come along on Saturday afternnon to War and Conflict: The Kildare Experience. James Durney and Martin Malone with Local Studies Librarian, Mario Corrigan-14.30-16.00-Ballroom, Osprey Hotel

Friday 14th May --


Mayor’s welcome to festival-18.00-18.30-Time: bar and venue
The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov.
Devise and Conquer Theatre Company-19.00-21.00-
Festival opening event with
Joseph O’ Connor--

Saturday 15th May --

Sheila O Flanagan in conversation with
Julie Duane-10.30-11.30-Ballroom, Osprey Hotel

Kildare Author Panel. Readings from John MacKenna, Patricia Groves and Rob Kitchin with Dermot Bolger-12.00-13.30-Ballroom, Osprey Hotel

Laura Cassidy reads from her debut novel and talks to Linda Geraghty about her career as a writer-12.00-13.00-Merlin Suite, Osprey Hotel

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with Cathy McKenna.
A guide to the contenders in 2010-12.00-13.00-Fulmar Suite, Osprey Hotel

A Walking Tour with Mae Leonard-12.00-13.00-Departing from Naas Library

War and Conflict: The Kildare Experience. James Durney and Martin Malone with Local Studies Librarian, Mario Corrigan-14.30-16.00-Ballroom, Osprey Hotel

The Short Story: readings with Claire Keegan-14.30-15.30-Merlin Suite, Osprey Hotel

Dermot Somers reads from his novel Ar Muir is ar Sliabh-14.30-15.30-Fulmar Suite, Osprey Hotel

Presentation of Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award by Claire Keegan-16.00-16.30-Merlin Suite, Osprey Hotel

Stories for the Ear:  Neil Donnelly presents a Kildare record, for broadcast, project.-16.00-17.00-Fulmar Suite, Osprey Hotel

Pre-event Reception
“The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov.
Devise and Conquer Theatre Company-18.00-18.30-Ballroom, Osprey Hotel

John Connolly reads and is interviewed by Stuart Neville-19.30-21.00-Ballroom, Osprey Hotel

Sunday 16th May --

Beckett & Beirut, Belfast & Athy:
Dermot Bolger in conversation with Brian Keenan and John Minihan-11.00-12.30-Ballroom, Osprey Hotel

For those with a special interest in history, please come along on Saturday afternnon to War and Conflict: The Kildare Experience. James Durney and Martin Malone with Local Studies Librarian, Mario Corrigan-14.30-16.00-Ballroom, Osprey Hotel .

Book online  www.kildarereadersfestival.ie all events are free.  


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