Maritime Hotel, Saturday 13 July 6.30pm
Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views. In 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival to write a new poem as a “Celebratory Narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece My Ireland is accompanied by a short film which has been viewed over 300,000 times and was screened at the London film festival. Find out more here.
Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
Maritime Hotel, Saturday 13 July 8.30pm
Authors and best friends, writing duo Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen have had a whirlwind two years since their first book became an instant sensation when it was published in 2017. Find out more here.
Future Forests, Kealkill
Sunday 14 July 12.30pm
The Way Home: Tales From A Life Without Technology is Mark Boyle’s tale of his life with no running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce. Come and hear him read in Future Forests, Kealkill – find out more here.
Maritime Hotel, Sunday 14 July 3pm
Another Planet is a new memoir about suburban childhood from Tracey Thorn, singer-songwriter and Sunday Times bestselling author. Find out more here.
Bantry Courthouse, Sunday 14 July 5pm
With her second novel The Liar’s Girl, Catherine Ryan-Howard became only the second Irish woman ever to be nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, an accolade founded in 1954 by the Mystery Writers of America and previously bestowed upon writing greats such as Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin and Stephen King. Catherine’s novels have been translated into a total of nine languages and Distress Signals is being developed for television as a mini-series.will read from their latest crime novels in the atmospheric setting of Bantry Courthouse. She joins fellow crime-writer Catherine Kirwan and both writers will read from their work. Find out more here.
Maritime Hotel, Sunday 14 July 6.30pm
John Boyne and Patrick Gale introduce us to two completely unforgettable characters in their latest novels A Ladder to the Sky and Take Nothing With You. John’s is set in the literary world whilst Patrick’s has a classical music backdrop. Find out more here.
Maritime Hotel, Sunday 14 July 8.30pm
Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, professor of Classics, and translator. She was born in Toronto and is widely regarded as one of the most original writers working today. Anne has received many awards for her writing including the T.S.Eliot Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and a PEN Award for Poetry.