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Words by Water

Kinsale Literary Festival

3-6th Oct 2019

Welcome to Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival 2019.

We are delighted to announce our events for Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival 2019. This is the third year of our festival and we have been working hard to make it our best yet. Whether you want to hear a favourite author speak, listen to some lively debate or learn about the craft of writing for yourself  - we hope you find something to suit you in this year's programme. 

We are so proud of the stellar lineup of authors we have this year, reflecting (we hope!) the growing reputation of our festival. We cannot wait for events with Sinéad Gleeson, Donal Ryan, Emilie Pine, Rosita Boland and many more and hope you will be as excited to attend this weekend as we have been to organise it. 

We have also broadened our scope this year. We hope this years programme reflects the myriad of ways people tell stories in 2019 Ireland, from the spoken word performance of Stephen James Smith to the artistry of Irish graphic novelists and illustrators on display at the Graphic Book Fair. 

From the start we have sought to promote reading and storytelling for the next generation in our festival and that continues this year. From returning favourites like our plays and teenage book discussion to new workshops specifically for young people, we hope to keep young minds engaged and leave them inspired. 

Browse our programme, plan your trip and if you have any questions at all, please do get in touch. See you in October! 

Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh, 5th Oct '19 

We are really looking forward to our headline gig on Sat 5th Oct in The Trident Hotel with the fabulous Stephen James Smith and poet Tony Walsh as part of their Irish tour - it will be a great evening.

Go to our events page for full details 

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, 14th July '19 

Gangsta Granny - An Adventure for the Whole Family!!

David Walliams' best seller adapted for the outdoor stage.

Words by Water together with Heartbreak Productions UK invites you to share in this outdoor production of David Walliams’ bestselling tale full of forbidden fun. Join us, Ben, and his Gangsta Granny on their grandest adventure - a very special treat for all the family. Set in the wonderful Bowling Green gardens at The Municipal Hall on a hopefully sunny Sunday afternoon, (back up indoor venue is secured if required due to unfavourable weather conditions)

Meet Ben, an 11 year old want-to-be plumber fed up with spending his Friday nights at Granny’s. All she wants to do is play Scrabble and eat cabbage – not exactly his idea of fun!

Hungry and bored Ben goes searching for something more edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however; it contains Granny’s biggest secret…

Ben’s Granny is an international jewel thief, and she needs his help to pull off her biggest heist yet, stealing the crown jewels!

This exciting escapade will be very hungry work, so come prepared with picnics, something to sit on, and definitely dress for the weather. (NO seating provided)

(back up indoor venue is secured if required due to unfavourable weather conditions)

Recommended Age: 5+

Running Time: 2 Hours including interval

This is a fundraising event for Kinsale Literary Festival, Kindly supported by Cork County Council

Thank you for your support.  

Date:     Sunday 14th July

Time:    2pm - 4pm

Venue:  The Bowling Green

Cost:      Family(2+2) ticket €50, adult €18, children €12