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Programme of events 2019

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Festival Launch 

My Kinsale Video Launch

This informal opening event for the Words by Water 2019 literary festival also sees the launch of the My Kinsale Video Project.

Words by Water, with support from Creative Ireland will premiere the My Kinsale Video Showreel. This begins the process of digitising the living history of Kinsale, for use in the town’s free WiFi portal, following the successful publication of the My Kinsale book in 2018.

Words by Water commissioned Made To Measure Films to document a series of interviews with 20 residents of Kinsale, drawn from across the community, about their views of Kinsale as it is now, and what they would like to see for the town into the future.  The distillation of this footage resulted in an hour of honest and insightful comment by people who care deeply about our town and what should become of it.

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Thurs 3rd Oct

Time:    5 pm - 6 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      Free

A Moment in Summer

Oil on canvas by Fiona Power and book reading by Conor Power

Conor Power is a multiple award-winning travel writer, broadcaster and journalist. Over the years, he has written for most Irish national titles, including The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, CARA Magazine, Sunday Times and The Sunday Business Post. He is the author of a biography of his father (the late Waterford All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Ned Power) and of five books he has written as ghost writer.

Waterford-born Conor currently lives with his family in Durrus, West Cork. This year, he was awarded a writing residency in Antibes, France – Kinsale’s twin town – where he became one of the very few Irishmen since Samuel Beckett to write a novel in French.

Conor will be reading from his forthcoming period novel “Points and Tries”: the first work of fiction to be set during the era of professional hurling in early 19th century Ireland and which features a fictionalised young William Webb Ellis.

 

Fiona Power

“Window on Antibes” is a collection of new work from Fiona Power’s two-month residency in Antibes on the French Riviera. Her paintings offer glimpses of the light, colours and atmosphere of Antibes and the Côte d’Azur.

Fiona Power is an artist living in Durrus, West Cork. Her paintings capture moments of time into which the viewer is drawn in a style that is instantly accessible, working mostly in oils and acrylics.

Fiona has exhibited widely including the R.H.A. Annual Exhibition, The Lavitt Gallery, Cork, ‘Iontas’, Sligo Art Gallery, The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, The Triskel Art Gallery Cork, Ormeau Baths, Belfast and The Model Gallery, Sligo.

This exhibition offers reflections of the scenes and rhythms of daily life in the ancient town of Antibes: the way in which its every-changing light plays upon its stone buildings and streets, its ramparts, its alluring coastline and its people.

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Thurs 3th Oct

Time:    6.30 pm - 7.30 pm

Venue:  The Gallery, 57 Main St

Cost:      Free

Osgur Breatnach in conversation with Sue Leonard

Osgur Breatnach was an award-winning writer in his teens and, over the past 60 plus years, has worked as a human rights activist, business consultant, publicist, contributor and journalist.

Osgur was at the centre of the notorious Sallins Case Conspiracy, and the vicitim of a serious miscarriage of justice. For the past 43 years has worked to expose the truth of what really happened. In that he has received support from across the Irish social, political and cultural spectrum, and from both national and international human rights organisations.

A published author who writes both in English and Irish, he contines to publish pamphlets, novels, poetry and non-fiction. He is also involved in preparing podcasts, documentaries and film treatments on commission.

Amongst the media that have referenced his work are RTE, Channel 4, Magill, The Sunday Independent, The Times (UK), The Guardian (UK) and The Boston Globe.

Sue Leonard: is a journalist, Sue has written for The Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner, The Evening Herald, Image Magazine, and numerous other publications. A former columnist with the Evening Herald, she currently writes the ‘Beginner’s Pluck’ book column for the Irish Examiner and the Debut Roundup Column for Books Ireland. 

Date:     ***CANCELLED**  due to bad weather

Friday 4th October 2019

The Great Famine in Kinsale

Catherine Flanagan returned to college to study history in University College Cork after a career spanning 30 years with Eli Lilly, Kinsale. She holds a Higher Diploma in Arts – History and an MA in Local History (First Class Honours).

Catherine launched her first book last September, titled The Great Famine in Kinsale. This book is part of her MA thesis and appears in the Maynooth Studies in Local History series, published by Four Courts Press. She is an active member of Kinsale and District History Society and is a contributor to the Kinsale Record.

Includes afternoon tea

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Fri 4th Oct

Time:    3 pm - 4 pm

Venue:  Friar's Lodge Guesthouse

Cost:      Free

Micheal Moynihan

in conversation with Marjorie Brennan

Michael talks about his books, his journalism and his love of books in what promises to be a very lively and enlightening discussion.

Michael Moynihan is a senior sportswriter with The Irish Examiner and author of books on sports, politics and history. He has also written for the Washington Post and The Observer. He is a contributor to RTÉ, TG4 and Today FM and he has co-produced the TV documentaries GAA Nua, GAA Eile and The Game.

His books include Crisis and Comeback, published in 2018, a compelling narrative of Cork’s economic slump in the 1980’s to its present day status as a high-tec hub;  GAAconomics, a detailed inside story of how money courses through the GAA; Blood Brothers, the inside story of Cork hurling between 1996 and 2008.

Marjorie Brennan is a journalist who has written extensively on arts and culture for the Irish Examiner.  She holds a Masters degree in Digital Arts and Humanities in UCC, from which her main research topic was feminist activism and social media.

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Fri 4th Oct

Time:    3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      Free

Afternoon of Poetry 

Followed by Poetry Competition Awards

Christopher Reid was born in Hong Kong in 1949. He has written many books of poems, for adults and for children. His most recent publications include A Scattering, which was named Costa Book of the Year for 2009; The Song of Lunch, which became the screenplay for a BBC2 film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson; Nonsense, 2012; Six Bad Poets, 2013; and The Curiosities, 2015.

He wrote the words for Colin Matthews’s No Man’s Land, which was premiered at the BBC Proms in 2011 and went on to win a New Music Award. In 2014, the actor Robert Bathurst presented A Scattering and The Song of Lunch as a theatrical double bill, with a premiere at the Minerva Studio in Chichester, and The Song of Lunch ran for a month at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Reid’s latest collection, Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs, conceived as a canine companion for T.S. Eliot’s Practical Cats, appeared in the autumn of 2018.

He is currently at work on an edition of Seamus Heaney’s correspondence.

 

John Mee won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015 and the Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition in 2016. His pamphlet, From the Extinct, was published by Southword Editions in February 2017. He has published poems in The Rialto, Prelude (New York), The North, The Shop, Poetry on the Buses (London), Cyphers, Coast to Coast to Coast, The Irish Examiner, Southword, The Quarryman, and The Cork Literary Review, as well as in various anthologies.

He has published fiction in Ambit. He is the coordinator of the Butchers Upstairs poetry group. He was born in Canada but has lived in Cork since he was seven years old. He is a professor in the Law School at University College Cork.

Róisín Tierney is an Irish poet who lived in Spain for several years (Valladolid and Granada) and is now based in London.  She read in Dublin as part of the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in June 2008 and also featured as one of Ireland's 'Rising Poets' in Poetry Ireland Review in 2016.

Her pamphlet Dream Endings (Rack Press) won the 2012 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award.  She has won prizes in many national competitions including the Strokestown, the Brendan Kennelly, the Bridport and the Winchester Poetry Prize and is a Hawthornden Fellow.  Her debut collection The Spanish-Italian Border is published by Arc (2014). A more recent pamphlet Five Poems is published by Clutag Press. www.roisintierney.blogspot.com

This event will be followed by the awards ceremony for our Creative Writing competitions

Date:     Fri 4th Oct

Time:    4 pm - 5.30 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      €12

"Ingenious Lovely Things: Responses to Yeats"

"Ingenious Lovely Things: Responses to Yeats" edited by Matthew Geden and Joseph Horgan.

More details to be announced.

Joseph Horgan was born in Birmingham, England, to Irish parents. Previously shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and a past winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, his first collection, Slipping Letters Beneath the Sea, was published by Doghouse in 2008. The Song at your Backdoor, a book about place and landscape, was published by Collins Press in 2010.

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Fri 4th Oct

Time:    5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      Free

Self Publishing

Adrian Wistreich, local author and one of our Festival directors, will read from his novel Miriam and then lead a discussion on self-publishing. Adrian has previously won the Fish Flash Fiction Award and completed an MA in creative writing at UCC. His novel, Miriam, is about a Jewish woman’s struggle to survive in Nazi occupied Poland during WW2.

 

For the self-publishing discussion, he will be joined by two industry experts. 

Orla Kelly of Orla Kelly Publishing started off as an author and offers book mentorship, working with authors to help them publish in print and digital across all genres.

 

Frank Kelly is MD of Lettertec Ireland Ltd, a leading company in the self-publishing market in Ireland. He has worked with countless authors over the years and will discuss the opportunities in self-publishing and the challenges, the benefits of it and the drawbacks.

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Fri 4th Oct

Time:    5 pm - 6 pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      Free

Donal Ryan

 

Donal Ryan is the author of four bestselling novels and a short story collection. He has won numerous awards, among them the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award, and three Irish Book Awards.

He was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for his debut, The Spinning Heart, and again in 2018, for his fourth novel, From A Low And Quiet Sea. His work has been adapted for stage and screen and translated into over twenty languages. The Spinning Heart is a set text on the Irish Leaving Certificate syllabus and in 2016 was voted Irish Book of the Decade in a nationwide poll run by Dublin Book Festival. Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

Photo credit: Anthony Woods

Date:     Fri 4th Oct

Time:    7 pm - 8 pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €12

Crime Night

Moderator: journalist and lifelong crime fiction fan Gráinne McGuinness

Andrea Carter is the author of The Inishowen Mysteries, a series that follows Ben (Benedicta) O’Keeffe, a solicitor who runs the most northerly law practice in the country on the remote Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal.

Andrea grew up in Laois and graduated with a degree in law from Trinity College, Dublin. She qualified as a solicitor and moved to Inishowen, where she ran her own practice. In 2006, she moved to Dublin to practice as a barrister before turning to write crime novels and completing an MFA in Creative Writing at University College, Dublin.

Her books are published by Little, Brown in the UK, Goldmann Verlag in Germany, Oceanview in the US and will shortly be adapted for television. Filming will begin in Donegal next summer.

The Sunday Times has said: ‘Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village…the Inishowen peninsula community where everybody knows everybody else’s business is a fine stand-in for the mannered drawing room society of a Christie mystery.’  

Kevin Doyle was born in Cork. He worked as an industrial chemist for many years. His short stories have appeared in literary journals such as The Stinging Fly, Southwords and Cúirt Journal. In 2016 he won the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. He is the author of two political crime thrillers set in Cork - To Keep A Bird Singing (2018) and A River Of Bodies (2019) – both published by Blackstaff Press. He has also written (with Spark Deeley) the illustrated children’s book, The Worms That Saved The World. He teaches creative writing part time and is currently working on the third and final book in the Cork series. See also www.kevindoyle.ie

Catherine Kirwan grew up on a farm in the parish of Fews, County Waterford. She studied law at UCC and lives in Cork where she works as a solicitor. Darkest Truth is published by Century Arrow, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK. 

It would be criminal to miss this! 

Date:     Fri 4th Oct

Time:    9 pm - 10.30 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      €12

Saturday 5th October 2019

Walking with Words

walking tour with Don & Barry

Stroll and sit with Don Herlihy and Barry Moloney to enjoy a colourful story of Kinsale down the ages from Medieval walled town to the sinking of the Lusitania. Kinsale was a strategic naval base during the conflict for New World treasure when a pound of cloves fetched two head of cattle and the island of Manhattan was once swapped for a tiny one of nutmeg!

The tour will include a literary twist to celebrate our festival.

The original daily walking tour of Kinsale. Selected by Rick Steves as 'Kinsale's single best attraction' Duration 1 hour approx, suits all ages. Includes a free poem per tour member - a copy of Desmond O’Grady’s Battle Of Kinsale 1601 poem published by Anam Press

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    11.15 am 

Venue:  Kinsale Tourist Office

Cost:      €8 - Pay on tour

Workshop 1 - Memories to Memoir with Irene Graham

Time:    10 am - 12 pm

Venue:  The Friary Space

Cost:      €30

Workshop 2 - Writing Masterclass with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

 

Time:    11 am - 1 pm

Venue:  Friar's Lodge Guesthouse

Cost:      €30

Check out the Workshops page for full details

Kids Story Time with Jenny O'Neill

Story time for the smaller children with stories from a selection of the most popular books at the moment. This event is aimed at the tots and younger children.

This was a great hit with the kids last year!!

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct  

Time:    10 am - 10.30 am 

Venue:  Kinsale Bookshop 

Cost:      Free

Blazing a Trail with Sarah Webb

Family Workshop        Age 7+                        

Find out about some of Ireland’s most remarkable women and men in this interactive family workshop which includes fun drama and dressing up (optional!).

Will you be a ground-breaking 19th doctor like Dr James Barry (aka Margaret Ann Bulkley)? An explorer like Tom Crean? Or will you be President of Ireland like Mary Robinson?

And are you as brave and bold as the women and men from Ireland’s history? Come to this event and find out!

Based on the true-life tales from Sarah’s books, Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World illustrated by Lauren O’Neill, and Dare to Dream: Irish Dare to Dream: Irish People who Took on the World (and Won!) illustrated by Graham Corcoran (out in October), this event is a must for families who love finding out new facts!

Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s writer and children’s book champion.  Her books include A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood (illustrated by Steve McCarthy), and Blazing a Trail: Irish Women who Changed the World (illustrated by Lauren O’Neill), both winners of Irish Book Awards. She won the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books in 2015.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    11 am - 12 pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      Free

Alan Corbett

 

Age: 7+

Talk

Alan will talk about the many local characters that appear in his books including Kinsale's own pirate queen Anne Bonny. Local folklore, ghosts and vampires will be discussed as well as historical Munster characters like Thomas Crofton Croker, Nano Nagle, Edward Shiel and Cormac Tadhg McCarthy

Alan studied graphic design in CIT and then went on to a do a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration in the Cambridge School of Art. Ghost of Shandon and Vampire King of Munster are his main illustration and writing work, both published by Onstream Publishing.

He has exhibited illustrations in the 2020 Fine Art Gallery and the Crawford Art Gallery. Alan has talked about illustration at the Dublin Book Festival, Cork World Book Festival and Dublin Comic Con. He works full time as a graphic designer in Cork and is also the art director on the annual Cork City Libraries teen graphic novel project.

He has worked extensively with Cork Community Art Link and Cork Comic Creators in the past and  also holds a qualification in Art teaching from the Crawford Art College.

 

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of this event

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      Free

Anne Griffin

 

Anne Griffin is author of When All Is Said – a number 1 Irish best seller.  The winner of the John McGahern Award for Literature, Anne has also been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and the Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition. Anne's work has featured in, amongst others, The Irish Times and the Stinging Fly.

When All Is Said has been published in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and will publish in eight foreign languages later this year. She's worked in Waterstones branches in both Dublin and London and for various charities. Born in Dublin, Anne now lives in Mullingar, with her husband and son.

 

Photo credit : Ger Holland

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      €12

Sinéad Gleeson and Emilie Pine

In conversation with Ailbhe Smyth

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor and freelance broadcaster whose essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse, and Banshee. Her short stories have been published in Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, May 2019), The Broken Spiral, Repeal the 8th and her poems can be found in Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry, Autonomy and Reading the Future.

She is the editor of three short anthologies, including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, both of which won Best Irish Published Book at the Irish Book Awards. 

Her debut collection of essays, Constellations: Reflections from Life was published by Picador in April 2019, and focuses on the body, illness, motherhood, art and writing.  She is currently working on a novel.

Emilie Pine is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. Emilie has published widely as an academic and critic on Irish studies, performance and cultural memory. Her first collection of personal essays, Notes to Self, is winner of the IACI Butler Literary Award, the An Post Irish Award for Best Newcomer, and Book of the Year 2018.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    2.30 pm - 3.45 pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €12

Interactive Fiction and Gaming

 

Charlene Putney writes games, most recently Divinity: Original Sin 2. She regularly speaks on game writing and interactive narrative at international play conferences and has taught role-playing games and interactive narrative at Trinity College Dublin, DIT, and the Irish Writers Centre. When she's not writing, she loves to practice and teach yoga.​ 

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    3.30 pm - 5 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      €12

Being Various Panel Discussion 

Moderator: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

 

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and a collection of short stories, as well as editor of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories. 

Awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Imison Award, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Canada & Europe), the Irish Playwrights' and Screenwriters' Guild Award, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize Readers' Choice Award, a Fiction Uncovered Award, a K. Blundell Trust Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Nicole Flattery's fiction, non-fiction and criticism has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The White Review, The Dublin Review, BBC Radio 4, the Guardian and the Irish Times. Her debut collection of short stories 'Show Them a Good Time' was published by The Stinging Fly Press in Ireland, and Bloomsbury in the UK. She is working on a novel. 

Yan Ge was born in Sichuan Province, China in 1984. She is a writer and a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature. Publishing since 1994, she is the author of thirteen books. Her work has been translated into English, French, and German, among other languages. She was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. The English translation of her latest novel The Chili Bean Paste Clan was published by Balestier Press. She has recently started to write in English. She lives in Norwich with her husband and son.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    4.30 pm -6 pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €12

Pat Fitzpatrick

In conversation with Esther McCarthy

 

Kinsale native Pat Fitzpatrick is a writer and broadcaster who lives in Cork city with his wife, two kids and at least two cats.

 

He is a regular on the RTE Today Show with Maura and Daithi, and writes for the Sunday Independent and Irish Examiner, where he also appears as Ask Audrey.

 

His latest book, 101 Reasons Why Cork is Better than Dublin is a light-hearted look at the rivalry between the first and second city. At least that's what he tells readers in Dublin. For Cork people, it's deadly serious.

Pat will be interviewed by Esther McCarthy, Life/Style editor of the Irish Examiner. Esther is an experienced journalist and editor, a regular contributor to RTE's today Show and, most important of all, a very proud Corkwoman.

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    7 pm - 8 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      Free

Stephen James Smith plus special guest Tony Walsh

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.

In 2018 he was commissioned by Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva to write a poem to highlight the recent rugby final between England and Ireland on Paddy’s day. The poem entitled “Bring it Home” chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend – and Ireland won!

Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street and the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more.

Stephen facilitates poetry workshops in schools around Ireland and is artist in residence with Dunamaise arts centre and Laois arts office. His poetry is included on the syllabus at Western Connecticut State University and his work has been translated into multiple languages.

His debut collection “Fear Not”, published by Arlen House, was launched in September 2018 in Dublin at Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.

Tony Walsh

Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless.

“Now a national hero” (The Guardian) having “stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his iconic performance in Manchester in May 2017, international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game.

Tony’s performance will including brand new and little heard poems from his eagerly awaited new collection, WORK | LIFE | BALANCE alongside some much-loved audience favourites. Tony’s poems have had over five million views online in 2018 alone.

Under 14's to be accompanied by an adult.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    9.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Venue:  The Trident Hotel

Cost:      €12

Sunday 6th October 2019

Walking with Words

walking tour with Don & Barry

Stroll and sit with Don Herlihy and Barry Moloney to enjoy a colourful story of Kinsale down the ages from Medieval walled town to the sinking of the Lusitania. Kinsale was a strategic naval base during the conflict for New World treasure when a pound of cloves fetched two head of cattle and the island of Manhattan was once swapped for a tiny one of nutmeg!

The tour will include a literary twist to celebrate our festival.

The original daily walking tour of Kinsale. Selected by Rick Steves as 'Kinsale's single best attraction' Duration 1 hour approx, suits all ages. Includes a free poem per tour member - a copy of Desmond O’Grady’s Battle Of Kinsale 1601 poem published by Anam Press.

Date:     Sat 5th Oct

Time:    11.15 am 

Venue:  Kinsale Tourist Office

Cost:      €8 - Pay on tour

Workshop 3 - Sarah Maria GriffinAimed at Young Adult writers

Time:    11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Venue:  Aperitif at The Blue Haven  

Cost:    €30

Workshop 4 - Comics: More Than Capes

Time:    11 am - 1 pm

Venue:  Friary Space

Cost:    €30

Workshop 5 - Graphic Novels 

Time:   CANCELLED 

Workshop 6 - Song Writing with Ger WolfeAge 6 -12

Time:    3 pm - 4.30 pm

Venue:  Friar's Lodge Guesthouse

Cost:      €20

Check out Workshops page for full details

Graphic Book Fair

The Graphic Book Fair displays the work of Irish graphic novelists and illustrators and includes demonstrations and book sales.

 

Brendan O’ Connell & Fiona Boniwell, Many Furrowed Brows

Brendan O’Connell is a writer from Cork and Fiona Boniwell is an illustrator based in Kinsale. They have worked on wide range of projects in their respective fields and have collaborated on two graphic novels. The first, Death’s New Lease On Life won the Cap4Indies award for ‘Best Young Adult Book’ in 2017.  They are currently working on the follow up, Cerberus’ New Trick and will be releasing it in Autumn 2019. This project is supported by the Cork County Council Artist Bursary Award.

 

Keith Kennedy trained as a printmaker in Crawford College of Art and Design. Worked in etching. Has exhibited as a fine Artist and published four titles: Troubled Waters 2016, Lost on the Water 2018, Monochrome Menace 2 2018 (Anthology), The Cork Monster Comic 2017 (Anthology)

 

Colin O’ Mahoney, THE CORK COMIC CREATORS was formed in 2014 as a way for aspiring comic creators to meet and collaborate, and to kickstart a comic scene in Cork. They meet once a month, and have published seven successful anthologies, including collaborations with Cork Community Art Link, and Cork City Libraries. The group also sponsored the ‘Shared Universe’ exhibition of comic book artwork in Camden Palace.

The group ranges from writers to artists, from colourists to editors, and as well as aspiring amateurs, also counts some established professionals amongst its number. Colin O’Mahoney has published Cork Fantasy Comic (2018), The Cork Monster Comic (2-17,2018), The Cork Horror Comic (2015, 2016) and The Cork Scifi Comic (2015)

 

Alan Corbett studied graphic design in CIT and children’s book illustration in the Cambridge School of Art. He works full time as graphic designer in Cork City. He has published Ghost of Shandon and Vampire King of Munster and exhibited illustration work in the 2020 Fine Art Gallery and the Crawford Art Gallery. Alan works as the Art Director on the Cork City Libraries Teen Graphic Novel projects and has worked extensively with Cork Community Art Link and Cork Comic Creators.

Ellie Wright is a self-taught Colour Artist and has been a freelance Comic Book Colourist since 2016. She has worked for global publishing companies including Dynamite Entertainment, DC, Image, and POW Entertainment. In 2017, after being shortlisted via her portfolio, Ellie attended RED CUBE's Studio Colouring Workshop, with world renowned Colour Artist, Jordie Bellaire. Ellie is also the proud winner of ICN 2018 ‘Best Published Colourist in Ireland’. Publications include Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Betty Page: Halloween Special / The Secret Diary / Unbound, Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man, Batman: The Shadow Cover, Stan Lee’s 'Lucky Man', Cult Classic’s 'Return to Jasper'

Charlene Putney writes games, most recently Divinity: Original Sin 2. She regularly speaks on game writing and interactive narrative at international play conferences and has taught role-playing games and interactive narrative at Trinity College Dublin, DIT, and the Irish Writers Centre. When she's not writing, she loves to practice and teach yoga.

Date:     Sun 6th Oct

Time:    12 pm - 5 pm

Venue:  Philip Gray Gallery, The Glen

Cost:      Free

Rosita Boland 

Rosita Boland is Senior Features Writer with the Irish Times. She won Journalist of the Year in the 2018 Newsbrands Ireland Journalism Awards. She was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Her book of essays, Elsewhere; One Woman, One Rucksack, One Lifetime of Travel, was published by Doubleday in May 2019. She lives in Dublin. 

Photo credit: Brenda Fitzsimons

Date:     Sun 6th Oct

Time:    2 pm - 3 pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €12

Teenage Book Club Discussion

Our teenage book club returns this year. This free event sees local teenagers review four books, chosen by Mandy Fogarty of Kinsale Bookshop. Mandy will also moderate the discussion. 

This years books

  • List of Real Things by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

  • Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin.

  • Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly.

  • The Gifted, The Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe.

Get your kids to join in the discussion by reading some of the books before the event.

We are delighted to add that this year we will also have at least one (possibly more) of the authors involved in the event, offering the young bookworms additional insight into the writing process. 

We are particularly proud of this event, as one our goals is to encourage a love of books in the next generation. Other young people are encouraged to read the books and come along and participate in the discussion. 

This event is FREE, we would like you if possible to book a space to help us with our numbers & event management - thank you.

This event is supported by Kinsale Bookshop.

Date:     Sun 6th Oct

Time:    2 pm - 3 pm

Venue:  Aperitif at The Blue Haven

Cost:      Free

Sports Writing  Extravanganza 

Michael Moynihan chats to Kerry football legend Tomás Ó Sé, Cork City F.C.  stalwart Neal Horgan and Adrian Russell about their books and journalism.

Neal Horgan played for Cork City FC from 2000 to 2014. He documented the financial troubles at the club in 2008 and 2009 in his best-selling books Death of a Football Club? and Second City. The latter was long listed for the Eir Sports Book of the Year in 2016. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Examiner and the FansVoice TV podcast.  Neal is a practising solicitor in Cork and there are rumours that a third book on Cork CIty FC is in the pipeline.

Tomás Ó Sé is one of the greatest Gaelic footballers of all time, winner of five All-Ireland senior football medals and playing senior for Kerry for fifteen years. The An Gaeltacht man is a sports columnist with the Irish Independent and a highly-regarded pundit with The Sunday Game on RTE television. His autobiography, White Heat, was shortlisted for Irish Sports Book of the Year.

Adrian Russell is editor of the popular sports news website The42.ie and formerly a sports journalist at The Irish Examiner.  His first book “The Double – How Cork Made GAA History” is published in September 2019 and documents Cork’s unique achievement in 1990.

Date:     Sun 6th Oct

Time:    3 pm - 4 pm

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      €12