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Programme of events 2018

Thursday 4th October

Aidan Mathews

Poet, Abbey playwright and fiction-writer, Aidan Mathews works as a Religion and Drama producer in RTE. 

Windfalls, his first collection, appeared from Dolmen Press in 1977 and won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1976 and The Macaulay Fellowship from the Irish Arts Council in 1978. Fourteen other books followed. 

His most recent publications include Charlie Chaplin's Wishbone (Short stories, 2015), Fasting and Feasting (Religious Essays, 2016), Inheriting the Kingdom (Online Retreat Reflections, 2017) and Strictly No Poetry, (Poems, 2018). 

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 4th Oct

Time:    6pm - 7pm

Venue:  The Mill Building

Cost:      Free

My Kinsale Anthology Launch

My Kinsale (An anthology in words and pictures by and for the people of Kinsale)

Edited by Alannah Hopkin

My Kinsale is a community project in Kinsale to document and publish the stories, memories and feelings of residents, and those with a special connection, towards our town. This project, under the auspices of Words By Water, Kinsale’s literary festival, in association with the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism and Business, is designed to capture the thoughts, feelings and memories of the people of Kinsale, old and young, for use in a digital publication with a paper version also available.  We have received some funding from Creative Ireland, and the project is being supported by Words By Water 2018, and by copy sales of the finished book.

This is the first edition and represents a growing cultural archive including photographic and written histories of Kinsale, its people and place, including creative and factual written work edited by local professional writer, editor and journalist, Alannah Hopkin.  The book is filled with Creative input from people of all ages, including short commentaries, stories, poems and historical commentaries about Kinsale.

Books will be available for purchase.

 

Supported by Cork County Council, Creative Ireland and in association with Kinsale Chamber of Tourism and Business. 

Adrian Wistreich and Alannah Hopkin introduce readers

Date:     Thurs 4th Oct 

Time:    7.30pm - 9pm

Venue:  The Mill Building

Cost:      Free

Friday 5th October

Smashing Times: Irish Feminist Fiction 1880-1930 with Tina O'Toole

 

Suffragettes, students, strikers, and cyclists filled city spaces in 1890s Britain and Ireland as women began to break out of the drawing room or factory floor onto the streets. As they did so, writers and artists depicted this “New Woman”, with her mannish style and bicycle, as she gained an education, went out to work, and agitated for social change. In rural Ireland, of course, women were far too traditional for all that; ignoring their strident sisters on the British barricades, they stayed quietly in the kitchen, tending their flocks of hens and children – or so we’ve been led to believe. In fact, such Irish women were in the vanguard of “New Woman” writing 1880-1930, producing many of the best-known and best-selling books of the period. They became leading members of feminist organisations, spoke on suffrage platforms, and wrote openly feminist fiction. This talk explores the work of an emerging generation of newly literate and radical women – writers, artists and educators – who became visible on the page and on the streets between the Land Wars and the foundation of the state.

 

Dr Tina O’Toole is senior lecturer in English and programme director of the MA English at the University of Limerick, where she was overall winner of the 2016 University Teaching Award. Her books include The Irish New Woman, Documenting Irish Feminisms, The Dictionary of Munster Women Writers, and several essay collections including most recently Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922.

Date:     Fri 5th Oct

Time:    11am - 12.30

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €8

Patrick Moran

 

Patrick Moran was born in Templetuohy, Co. Tipperary. In 1990, his poetry was shortlisted for the Hennessy Award. His poems are widely published in Ireland and the UK; and feature in many anthologies, including the recently-published Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916 and Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry. His poem, “Bulbs”, won the inaugural “Poem for the Ploughing” competition in 2015. His work – prose as well as poetry – has also featured on the RTE radio programme, Sunday Miscellany. Moran has published three poetry collections: The Stubble Fields, Green and Bearings. His next collection, Lifelines, is due in autumn 2018.

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 5th Oct

Time:    1pm - 2pm

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      Free

Danny Denton

 

Danny Denton’s The Earlie King & The Kid in Yellow is set in Ireland in a post-digital future: derelict and flooded by ceaseless rain. A baby is born to The Kid in Yellow and T, the daughter of The Earlie King. When T dies in childbirth, the Kid tricks the King, steals the baby and goes on the run. Danny’s debut novel conjures Peaky Blinders, Quentin Tarantino, George Saunders and Tom Waits, but this is something entirely new. Roll up! And hear its tale…

‘What a book. Absolutely marvellous.’ Cillian Murphy

‘Mashing ancient myth with a miserable future, Denton’s fierce and distinctive debut should set the books world alight.’ Irish Times

Danny Denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. He has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships for his work, and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Examiner, and RTÉ Arena. His short stories have been published in Stinging Fly, among others. The Earlie King & The Kid in Yellow is his first novel and was published by Granta in January 2018.  He is currently writer-in-residence for Cork County Libraries.

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 5th Oct

Time:    2pm - 3pm

Venue:  Prim's Bookshop

Cost:      Free

Ronan Ryan

 

Ronan Ryan is an Irish writer, based in Dublin but originally from Clonmel, and he has also lived in France, Japan, America, Singapore, Australia, England, Scotland, and New Zealand. He has an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington. He has won an Arts Bursary Award in Literature from Dublin City Council and written memoir articles for The Irish Times. His debut novel, The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice, was named by the Irish Independent Review as one of its ‘Books of the Year’ and it was a finalist for The Lascaux Prize in Fiction.

The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice: Losing his twin at birth is just the beginning of Jimmy Dice’s turbulent life. Attacked by vicious dogs, pursued by gangsters, falling for a woman who isn’t quite what she seems… Jimmy, a wilful young man with heart and belief, is unafraid to let any of these obstacles stand in his way; and yet he seems to find trouble at every turn. Meanwhile unseen, someone is bearing witness to his life, closer than anyone, including Jimmy, could know.

‘An Irish epic with a potent post-millennial hum and a wave-like momentum that becomes insidiously addictive.’ Irish Independent

‘Ryan is a bold and brilliant new voice in Irish fiction. With a narrative that is both unique and
spellbinding – he is a rising star.’ 
Cat Hogan, author of They All Fall Down

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 5th Oct

Time:    3pm - 4pm

Venue:  Prim's Bookshop

Cost:      Free

Shared experiences in Short Story writing with:

Alannah Hopkin and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Alannah Hopkin has lived in Kinsale, her mother’s home town, since 1982. She has published two novels; her non-fiction books include Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People & the Place. In 2016 she edited the popular anthology, On the Banks – Cork City in Poetry and Song. Her stories have appeared in the London Magazine and The Cork Literary Review, among others. Her work has been broadcast on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany, and she contributes regularly to the Irishwoman’s Diary in the Irish Times. She is a contributor to the Irish Arts Review, and she currently reviews books for the Irish Examiner.  Her story collection The Dogs of Inishere was published by the Dalkey Archive Press in Dublin and the U.S. in 2017. She is currently working on some new stories, and writing a memoir of her late husband, the novelist Aidan Higgins.

 

Eilis Ni Dhuibhne writes fiction, drama and non-fiction in Irish and English. She has published over 25 books, including six collections of short stories.  Her latest book is Selected Stories .

Eilis has won many awards for her work. She received the Irish Pen Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2015, and a Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016.      She is a member of Aosdana.

‘Ní Dhuibhne is funny but much quieter; she steals up on you. Her relaxed lengthy stories are reminiscent of Alice Munro, spinning long threads that join up in a gratifying wayShe is a natural tale teller, a virtuoso’

Martina Evans, review of Selected Stories. (Irish Times, 2017)

Date:     Fri 5th Oct

Time:    4pm - 5.30pm 

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €10

Building a Reputation in Publishing

Panel:

David Bennett, Boxer Books

Antony Farrell, Lilliput Press 

Chaired by Alan Clayton

David Bennett has worked in children's publishing since 1978. First at W M Collins (later known as Harper Collins) as the publicity designer, then as an art director for Usborne and Walker books at their outset before becoming freelance in 1987. He has created, produced and published hundreds of highly successful books for children that have been sold and translated around the world. David has worked with many of the world's leading illustrators and authors and co-created Where's Wally with Martin Handford. David is the publisher and owner of Boxer Books, publishing in the UK and USA, and for a time acted as consultant Creative Director for Quarto Children's Books QED, Q+, Marshall Editions and Words and Pictures publishing. David also writes and illustrates children's books for leading international publishers including Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, OUP, Orchard and Hodder, under a pseudonym. He is the co-producer of Lily and Bear stage shows.

Antony Farrell founded The Lilliput Press in 1984. More than 500 titles have appeared under its imprint; these encompass art, music (both traditional and popular Irish music) architecture, autobiography and memoir, biography and history, ecology and environmentalism, essays and literary criticism, philosophy, current affairs and popular culture, fiction, drama and poetry, all broadly focused on Irish themes. 

Lilliput Press is one of Irelands most prestigious publishing houses with an exceptional roster of authors including representing James Joyce, J P Donleavy, John Moriarty, Alistair Campbell, Poets Patrick Kavanagh, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Paul Durcan, Michael Harding, Mike McCormack and many others.

 

Alan Clayton: David and I met decades ago in London when David was running Walker Books. He's always had a head bursting with ideas, out of which came Where’s Wally, and eventually he just had to branch out on his own. I left a promising career at UK retailer, ASDA, to join "David Bennett Books" as Sales/Marketing Director, as we set up shop in a flat in St Albans sharing a single Mickey Mouse telephone, and dreams of world domination.

DBB was soon designing children's non fiction for Tesco, and planning its 1st trip to New York. Since then, I’ve moved on to other things and David’s books have been published around the world.

Date:     Fri 5th Oct

Time:    7pm - 8pm 

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €10

Tara Flynn, Alison Spittle and Simon Mulholland in conversation

Tara, Alison and Simon are writers, comics and performers and although they do sometimes hang out in real life, only Alison and Simon have taken their relationship to the next level. To make up for this snub, they gave Tara a part in their smash hit TV series, 'Nowhere Fast'. Tara did not put them in her bestselling non-fiction book 'Rage In' but they all still get along grand. Or do they...?

In this fun, informal (though deeply wise and life-changing) 'in conversation' event, they will grill each other on comedy writing, activism, soundness and the business we call 'show'. Please come!

Tara Flynn is an Irish actress and writer. She came to international attention for her satirical videos, Racist B&B, which earned her the title Satirist of the Year 2013 at the Swift Satire Festival, and Armagayddon – co-written with Kevin McGahern.

She has written two satirical books – You’re Grand: the Irishwoman’s Secret Guide to Life and Giving Out Yards: the Art of Complaint, Irish Style.

Tara has worked extensively in Ireland and the UK as an actress in theatre, radio and TV. TV includes roles in Irish Pictorial Weekly, Line of Duty, Moone Boy, Doctors, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, The Omid Djalili Show, The Impressions Show with Culshaw & Stephenson, Hide & Seek and she was part of the recurring cast on Thank God You’re Here UK

Alison Spittle is an award-winning writer and comedian. She is the creator and star of the television series Nowhere Fast, which recently aired on RTÉ2 to great critical acclaim.

Her RTÉ Comedy Bites series of sketches were very well received and she wrote and performed her own segment, A Guide to Mullingar for the RTÉ series Republic of Telly. She wrote and starred in Alison Spittle in Ireland, a short film produced by Baby Cow Productions for Sky Arts.

Her one woman show Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii was a run away success, selling out various Irish festivals and nominated for The Little Gem Award, Best Show Under An Hour and the First Fortnight Award 2015, the First Fortnight Festival being a platform for de-stigmatising mental health issues and she brought it to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She performed her show Alison Spittle Needs an Agent at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014. She is currently touring Ireland with her show Alison Spittle: Worrier Princess.

  

Simon Mulholland is a writer, actor and filmmaker from Dublin. He co-wrote the RTE sitcom Nowhere Fast with Alison Spittle and is the co-founder of the Dublin DIY film event the Firehouse Film Contest. 

Date:     Fri 5th Oct

Time:    8.30pm - 10pm 

Venue:  The Trident Hotel

Cost:      €18

John Spillane

Following on from his song writing workshop earlier in the day, John will play a gig of his most popular hits.

Acclaimed Irish Singer and Songwriter John Spillane, with 35 years of vastly illuminating and exciting career within the world of music. Having sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland, John has also been awarded with two Meteor Irish Music Awards for ‘Best Act Folk’ and ‘Traditional’ act. His songs have been covered by many Irish folk lumineer’s such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Solas, Mary Black, Méav, Sinéad Lohan and Sharon Shannon.

Date:     Fri 5th Oct

Time:    10.30pm - late 

Venue:  The Lord Kingsale

Cost:      €10

Saturday 6th October 

Walking Tour

To celebrate Kinsale Literary Festival, The Kinsale Heritage Town Walks at 10.30 am on Saturday  and Sunday will include a special section on the writers and artists who live and have lived in Kinsale.​

Kinsale Heritage Town Walks provide the ideal way to explore this unique town which has been at the centre of Irish history since the first settlers came -- the history of Kinsale is the History of Ireland.

Run by Dermot Ryan, rated the best guide in Ireland by the Irish Independant and who is the top independant attraction in Kinsale on Tripadvisor, Dermot is an approved Failte Ireland guide and is the only Kinsale guide with University qualifications in history (BA in archaeology and MA in History).

Guiding since 1966, he uses maps and photographs to show how the history of Kinsale is the history of Ireland. He is the chosen guide for the top travel agents and has featured in national and international press reviews, as well as TV and radio shows and in the most trusted travel guides.

 

Open walks from the Tourist Office at 10.30 a.m.  

Dermot will provide a dedicated walk on Kinsale's literary and artistic connections at 11.30am

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    10.30am and 11.30am

Venue:  Kinsale Tourist Office

Cost:      €5 - pay on tour

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.

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 6th Oct

Time:    10am - 11am 

Venue:  Kinsale Bookshop

Cost:      Free

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The Ideas Machine with E.R. Murray

Where do ideas come from and how do we get them onto the page? Write what you know or make it up? How do we create believable characters and gripping settings? And how can everyday experiences affect our stories? Join E.R. Murray as she delves into the world of ideas and the creative process and reveals lots of secrets about her own books; there’ll be readings from the Nine Lives Trilogy and Elizabeth will also answer your questions about what it’s like to be a writer. A fun and interactive event.

The Book of Revenge – Nine Lives Trilogy 3 is the thrilling finale to the Nine Lives series.

E.R. Murray writes novels for children and young adults as well as short fiction. Her books include The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy 2, The Book of Revenge – Nine Lives Trilogy 3 and Caramel Hearts

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 6th Oct

Time:    11.30am - 12.30 

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      Free

Age:       8-12 yrs

This event is supported by Eli Lilly

Dave Rudden

Dave Rudden is the author of the award-winning Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy, the first of which was recently added to the Junior Cert curriculum. (thirteen-year-old Dave is at once horrified and impressed) He enjoys cats, adventure and being cruel to fictional teenagers. His books include Knights of the Borrowed Dark (2016), The Forever Court (2017), The Endless King (2018) and Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping, Twelve extraordinary Doctor Who stories, each featuring a monstrous villain from the Doctor Who world, due out in Oct 2018. Follow him at @d_ruddenwrites 

THE END OF THE WORLD with Dave Rudden

There's nothing like an apocalypse to kick off the school year. Join award-winning author Dave Rudden (Knights of the Borrowed Dark) as he shares how to build a fantastical world and then bring it all crashing down. Learn how to create magic systems, design villains and draw on classic ideas in new and surprising ways. Perfect for fans of horror, fantasy and would-be writers...

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 6th Oct

Time:    1pm - 2pm 

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      Free

Age:       8-15 yrs

This event is supported by Eli Lilly

Debut Short Story Collections and

Short Story Competition Awards

This event is to showcase first published authors with short story collections followed by the awards ceremony from our Creative Writing competitions.

Madeleine D’Arcy: Madeleine’s début short story collection, Waiting For The Bullet, won the Edge Hill Readers’ Choice Prize 2015 (UK). In 2010 she received a Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction and the overall Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Writer. She holds an MA in Creative Writing (First Class Honours) from University College, Cork. Madeleine and Danielle McLaughlin co-host Fiction at the Friary, a free monthly fiction event in Cork City, on the final Sunday of every month.

 

“Madeleine D'Arcy's stories are funny and wry and pulsate with all the mad rude energies of life itself but often there is an undercurrent of darkness or sadness just beneath the surface and this is what deepens and gives real weight to the work. A very accomplished collection.”  Kevin Barry

 

Danielle McLoughlin: Danielle’s debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in Ireland in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press and in the UK and the US & Canada by John Murray and Random House in 2016. She lives in County Cork with her husband and three young children.  Danielle’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Irish Times, Southword, The Penny Dreadful and in The Stinging Fly.

Grace O'Doherty is a 23 year old writer from Wicklow. She recently completed the MA Writing at NUIG. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Banshee, Stony Thursday Poetry Anthology, Mouldy Bike Periodical and headstuff.org. She was chosen to participate in the Poetry Mentorship Programme at Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2018 and read at their Spotlight on New Voices 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.

MORE details to follow

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    12pm - 2pm 

Venue:  The Mill Building

Cost:      Free

A Shed Full of Stories - Book Launch

A Shed Full of Stories is a humorous, charming and often bittersweet collection of engaging short stories and poetry that offer an intriguing insight into the collective lives and viewpoints of the contributing members of Kinsale Men's Shed. Scheduled to be independently published this September, A Shed Full of Stories - edited by bestselling author Geffrey Kane with a foreword from John Thullier, both residents of Kinsale - will be available to pre-order in both paperback and ebook editions. All proceeds from the sale of the publication will go towards the continued efforts of Kinsale Men's Shed to improve the well-being of men as well as serving their local community. 

 

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 6th Oct

Time:    2pm - 3pm

Venue:  The Mill Building

Cost:      Free

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Ghost Writing with Sue Leonard

A talk and reading by Sue Leonard

A Journalist and Ghostwriter, Sue is the co-author of two recent number one bestsellers:  Whispering Hope, the True Story of the Magdalene Women and An Act of Love with Marie Fleming, recounting Marie’s extraordinary life, and fight for the right to die with dignity. 

She has worked on six other books as a ghost writer, two, for Penguin Ireland, were best sellers. She is the author of Keys to the Cage.

As 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. 

 

Have you ever wondered how ghostwriting works? Do you like the idea of collaborating with someone, and writing their story for them? In this session I'll be talking about the various skills needed, along with the highs and lows of the craft. I'll talk about truth and the difficulties of trusting memory; and about the structural and narrative skills needed to make the memoir read like a novel.   

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    2.30pm - 3.30pm

Venue:  The Blue Haven

Cost:      €5

A talk on the History of Kinsale Harbour

With Afternoon Tea

John Thuillier is steeped in Kinsale’s maritime tradition with a lifetime involvement in the harbour and aboard boats. Growing up in a boat building family, he heard stories of seafaring under lofty masts and billowing sails, of adventures in exotic ports and of course sad reminders of tragedy at sea. His involvement with boats has provided the opportunity to sail and cruise extensively. He has contributed to a number of books and journals and has lectured widely on the history of Kinsale.

John was the founder and is now the retired director of Kinsale Further Education College. The College evolved from projects to introduce students to the marine environment and provide training in maritime skills.

KINSALE HARBOUR-A HISTORY

The book speaks of a port town nestling on a bend of the River Bandon, which emerged as a settlement in the sixth century. Its deep secure harbour provided a safe anchorage and prospered during the sixteen hundreds, in a period referred to as “the golden age of sail”. The main focus was on the victualing of ships bound for the West Indies and the American colonies. Trade with English and continental ports continued to be significant. Military forts and a naval base, on the shore of the harbour, protected the important maritime facility against the threat of foreign invasion, and from pirates and smugglers who were rampant on the coast at the time. Later in the nineteenth century its bustling waterfront was thronged with fishermen, which today has given way to yachting enthusiasts and tourists.

John Thuillier tells of a community which has its roots deep in seafaring activity and images of tall masts and bowsprits rising over quay walls. The comprehensive overview traces not just the prosperity but also the long remembered tragic events and the periods of economic stagnation that occurred regularly as a feature of the maritime community.

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 6th Oct

Time:    3pm - 4pm

Venue:  Friars Lodge

Cost:      Free

Debut Novelists Showcase

This event is to showcase and promote first published/new authors.

Caroline Preston: Caroline Preston was born into a family with a long tradition of service abroad. This tribute recognizes the experiences of those who fought in the war, rarely discussed in post-independence Ireland. She studied history and political science in Trinity College Dublin before embarking on a long and successful career as a litigation partner in a leading Dublin law firm. She now practises as an independent mediator. She lives in County Meath. This Tumult is her first novel.

Adele O'Neill: Adele is a writer from Co. Wicklow who lives with her husband and her two teenage daughters overlooking the Irish Sea. Influenced by writers across all genres she has a particular fondness for fiction that is relatable and realistic. 

Adele is published by Aria Fiction, an imprint of Head of Zeus and is currently writing her third book of a three book contract. Her debut, the bestseller Brothers and Sisters was published in July 2017  has been awarded The Annie McHale Debut Novel Award 2017, her second novel, Behind a Closed Door also a bestseller was launched in March this year and her third novel, When The Time Comes, is due for release in 2019.

Kevin Doyle: Kevin is from Cork. He is the author of the ‘Cork noir’ thriller To Keep A Bird Singing  and (with Spark Deeley) the illustrated children’s book The Worms That Saved The World. He also writes short stories and has won a number of prizes including the Michael McLaverty Award in 2016. 

  

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

MORE details to follow

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    3pm - 5pm 

Venue:  The Mill Building

Cost:      Free

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The Long Gaze Back Panel Discussion

Moderated by Sue Leonard

"for a writer to be taken seriously, visibility is crucial. Profile, recognition from peers and inclusion in anthologies, but this- for a variety of reasons - did not occur for many women writers" - Sinéad Gleeson Irish Times Sat April 28,2018

 

The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson, is an exhilarating anthology of thirty short stories by some of the most gifted women writers this island has ever produced. We are delighted to welcome this panel of three who will discuss the importance of this book in Irish society. The 30 stories of The Long Gaze Back explore the heart of what it is to be human, of navigating a life, and the pitfalls therin. The talent within these pages is a must for the committed reader of the short story. 

 

Sinéad Gleeson is a broadcaster and critic who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. She writes about arts and culture, and reviews books for The Irish Times. In 2012, she edited the short story anthology, Silver Threads of Hope, and is the editor of The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers was published by New Island in 2015 

Ailbhe Smyth has been active in feminist and LGBT politics since the 1980s. She co-founded the Women's Studies programme at UCD which she directed for many years, and has published widely on women, culture and politics in Ireland. Ailbhe edited Wildish Things: An Anthology of New Irish Women's Writing, published by Attic Press in 1989

 

Eimear Ryan’s writing has appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, gorse, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, and the anthologies Town & Country and The Long Gaze Back. She is co-editor of the literary journal Banshee.

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    4pm - 5.30pm 

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €12

Ruth Fitzmaurice in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

Author of “I Found My Tribe” and 2017 winner of the Newcomer of the Year Award (Bord Gais Energy Book Awards), Ruth Fitzmaurice is in the process of writing a film script, optioned by Element Pictures.

She was married to the late author and film director Simon Fitzmaurice, subject of the 2016 documentary “It’s Not Yet Dark” and she now lives in Greystones Co. Wicklow with her five children, two dogs, and two cats.


For many years, Ruth Fitzmaurice found her tribe in her family, living remotely and self-sufficiently. After her husband's Simon’s illness hit, she began to need a new tribe, and this is when she found her swimming club. “The cove is my tribe and the cove is mine,” she writes. 

I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life ..penguin.co.uk

 

Join Ruth and Sinéad in conversation about this wonderful book and what inspired her to write it. 

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    5.45pm - 7pm 

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €12

OMG it's The Aislings!

In conversation with Cat Hogan

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen are former flatmates who co-wrote 2017’s breakout fiction hit, Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling. With extensive careers in journalism under their belts, they now write full-time. They are currently working with Element Pictures to bring their first novel to the silver screen and have already started plotting about what might happen to Aisling in book number three.

About Book 2

The Importance of Being Aisling

Country Roads, Take Her Home

 

Aisling is 29 and she’s still a complete Aisling.

After a tough year, things between herself and John are back on track, and life with Sadhbh and Elaine in their notiony Dublin apartment is more craic than ever.

But when a shock change means moving Down Home might be her only option, Aisling is thrown.

But a girls’ trip to Vegas gives Aisling some unexpected confidence, and she decides it’s time to grab Ballygobbard by the horns. Maybe BGB is just what Aisling needs to discover she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    9pm - 10.30pm 

Venue:  The Trident Hotel

Cost:      €18

Sunday 7th October 

Walking Tour

To celebrate Kinsale Literary Festival, The Kinsale Heritage Town Walks at 10.30 am on Saturday  and Sunday will include a special section on the writers and artists who live and have lived in Kinsale.​

Kinsale Heritage Town Walks provide the ideal way to explore this unique town which has been at the centre of Irish history since the first settlers came -- the history of Kinsale is the History of Ireland.

Run by Dermot Ryan, rated the best guide in Ireland by the Irish Independant and who is the top independant attraction in Kinsale on Tripadvisor, Dermot is an approved Failte Ireland guide and is the only Kinsale guide with University qualifications in history (BA in archaeology and MA in History).

Guiding since 1966, he uses maps and photographs to show how the history of Kinsale is the history of Ireland. He is the chosen guide for the top travel agents and has featured in national and international press reviews, as well as TV and radio shows and in the most trusted travel guides.

 

Open walks from the Tourist Office at 10.30 a.m.  

Dermot will provide a dedicated walk on Kinsale's literary and artistic connections at 11.30am

Date:     Sat 6th Oct

Time:    10.30am and 11.30am

Venue:  Kinsale Tourist Office

Cost:      €5 - pay on tour

UCC Creative Writing Showcase

MA writers:

Breda Joyce grew up in Headford, Co. Galway and now lives near Knocklofty, Clonmel. She is currently a MA in Creative Writing student in U.C.C. Cork. Her poem Free Fall has just won the Judith Aronson Likeness creative writing competition. Her poem Lucia features in the May 2018 edition of Skylight 47 while Pearls is published in the Quarryman 2018. Mute was one of ten poems shortlisted for the 2016 Kilkenny Broadsheet while The Void was highly commended in Poetry Ireland’s Poetry Project Award, November 2013. She has published memories and poems in numerous publications throughout Ireland.

 

Siobhán Ryan-Bovey is from Cobh, Co. Cork and has a BA English Literature. This year she completed an MA Creative Writing at UCC. She has had a personal essay published on Headstuff.org and was selected as a writer for the Evening Echo summer soap for 2018. 

PhD writers:

Niamh Prior's work has appeared in journals including The Penny Dreadful, Southword and The Stinging Fly. Her poetry has been shortlisted or highly commended in competitions including The Patrick Kavanagh Award, Cúirt New Writing Prize and The Dermot Healy Award. She was the overall winner of the 2016 iYeats International Poetry Competition. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at UCC, funded by a scholarship from the Irish Research Council. She will be reading from a collection of interlinking short stories which she has written for her PhD Thesis in Fiction.

 

Maeve Bancroft is a writer based in West Cork, Ireland. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at UCC. Her creative practice is informed by history, art, literature, landscape, walking and conversations. She records responses in-situ through notes, haiku, photography and found objects; she then expands upon the first impressions when back at the desk. Tying in with her interest in art, she has been accepted on a residency in West Cork Arts Centre when the exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger will be in-situ. This exhibition, from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Connecticut, investigates the famine and its impacts through art. In 2019, she will travel to the Arctic Circle on a Barquentine ship as part of a residency with thearcticcircle.org

 

Fiona Whyte is a writer living in Crosshaven and holds a Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship to pursue a PhD in creative writing. Her short stories have been published in Crannóg Magazine, Quarryman, The Hollybough and Long Story, Short and have been shortlisted for several awards. She co-edited the first newly-revived edition of Quarryman, UCC’s literary journal.

Laura McKenna: Laura McKenna lives in Cork where she is completing a novel as part of a Creative Writing PhD at UCC. Her poems have been published in New Irish Writing, The SHOP, and the Irish Examiner among others. She is a past Hennessy Award and Forward Prize nominee and this year she received a commendation in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize.

Her first (unpublished) novel won the J.G. Farrell Award; was a winner at the Irish Novel Fair; and was longlisted in 2016 for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and Bath Novel Award. Her short stories have been published in The Litro Anthology of New Fiction, Southword and Banshee and she is a past winner of the Penguin/RTE Guide short story competition. Journey After My Own Heart follows the Narrative of Tony Small, the black manservant of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, from their first meeting in South Carolina, to the aftermath of Fitzgerald’s death during the 1798 rebellion. It explores themes of freedom and belonging but ultimately is about identity. In Fitzgerald’s own words “Every man is exactly what he makes himself”.

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:     Sun 7th Oct

Time:    12pm - 2pm 

Venue:  The Mill Building

Cost:      Free

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Teenage Book Club Discussion

Come and join local teenage bookworms Sarah Fitzgerald, Rachel Henderson, Anna Peare and Aoife Walsh as they discuss four books with Mandy Fogarty of Kinsale Bookshop. Feel free to join in!

 

  • Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

  • Things a bright girl can do by Sally Nicholls

  • Tuesdays are just as bad by Cethan Leahy

  • The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon

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

Sarah has set up a website www.sarahsbookproject.com to promote her “Let’s get reading” campaign. Her proposals include an innovative book cloud-trust programme, and Sarah has met with Government Leaders and submitted a research paper to the Oireachtas. Her research is aimed at bucking current trend amongst teens who are reading less and allocating more time to devices and mobile phones . She also appeared in the RTE Late Late Toy Show in December 2017 as a book reviewer.

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:     Sun 7th Oct

Time:    2pm – 3pm

Venue:  The Blue Haven

Cost:      Free

This event is supported by Kinsale Bookshop.

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Carlo Gébler and Alannah Hopkin

In this fascinating session, Carlo Gébler will discuss five books with Alannah Hopkin, which have been pivotal in his work:

  • Jane Eyre by C Bronte

  • Quartet by Jean Rhys

  • Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov

  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

  • The Autobiography of a Murderer by Hugh Collins

Carlo says: “These aren't my five favourite top books (it would be unfair to have  five favourite top books and exclude the rest of literature) but these are five books which are favourites.  And what I propose is to talk about them, how they work and the different ways in which they've affected what I do.  It is not necessary to have read the books in advance, or even to know them.  Just turn up and listen (if so inclined)".  The event will be moderated by Alannah Hopkin.

Carlo Gébler is an Irish writer, television director, and teacher. His publications include novels, short stories, plays, historical works and memoirs. Gébler directed his first film for television in 1979 and has continued to work frequently in that medium. He won the Best Regional Documentary RTS Award for his 1998 production Put to the Test.

Gébler's first novel, The Eleventh Summer, was published in 1985 and was soon succeeded by August in July in 1986 and Work and Play in 1987. In 1988 his first non-fiction book, Driving through Cuba: An East-West Journey was published, followed by novels in 1990 and 1991. Gébler's many subsequent works include plays and screenplays, libretti, children's books, short stories, novels and several memoirs. Phot0 credit: Evan Gébler 

Alannah Hopkin has lived in Kinsale, her mother’s home town, since 1982. She has published two novels; her non-fiction books include Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People & the Place. In 2016 she edited the popular anthology, On the Banks – Cork City in Poetry and Song. Her stories have appeared in the London Magazine and The Cork Literary Review, among others. Her work has been broadcast on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany, and she contributes regularly to the Irishwoman’s Diary in the Irish Times. She is a contributor to the Irish Arts Review, and she currently reviews books for the Irish Examiner.  Her story collection The Dogs of Inishere was published by the Dalkey Archive Press in Dublin and the U.S. in 2017. She is currently working on some new stories, and writing a memoir of her late husband, the novelist Aidan Higgins.

Date:     Sun 7th Oct

Time:    2pm - 3.15pm 

Venue:  The Methodist Church

Cost:      €12

Atlas of the Irish Revolution and Susan Wood's Ireland

Mapping the Irish Revolution

The lecture is a chronological journey using rich images and maps showcasing the Irish Revolution. It begins with the upheaval of the Cromwellian plantations of the 17th century, charting the population and economic pressures in pre-Famine Ireland, the catastrophic effects of the famine and the reawakening of National identity. It will cover the struggles for freedom in late eighteen-hundreds and the loosening of London based Governments stranglehold on the Nation. The main period of revolution, The War of Independence and Civil War are covered by maps and images in a way never before seen with new insights into many of the main events. While some of the content is harrowing these elements are interspersed by more light hearted aspects of this troubled period.

 

Mike Murphy, one of the authors of Atlas of The Irish Revolution

Mike is Head of Cartographer in the Geography Department, UCC and has been producing maps and teaching cartography for almost twenty-five years. He was made a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society in 2002 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Cartography and won the Society of Cartographers’ ‘Wallis Award’ for excellence in cartography on two occasions.

His most recent work includes Cartographer and Editor of the multi award winning and best seller Atlas of The Irish Revolution. He was also Cartographer and one of three editors of the highly acclaimed ‘Atlas of The Great Irish Famine’ for which he won two commendation awards from the British Cartography Society in 2013. He was central to the success of this year’s National Famine Commemoration held at UCC and the launch of The Great Irish Famine Online for which he is project leader. He has given numerous public lectures at home and abroad on Mapping the Great Irish Famine, Mapping the Irish Revolution and on Cartography in general.

 

Book of the Year at the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Susan Wood has worked on assignments for Vogue, New York Magazine, Newsweek and Vanity Fair over the course of her career. Mademoiselle named her as one of their ten ‘Women of the Year’ in 1961. Celebrity portraits of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Betty Friedan, Norman Mailer, Joseph Heller, Ted Kennedy, Gloria Steinem and Susan Sontag evolved from her personal friendships with writers, authors and artists. As an international photojournalist, her work is represented by Getty Images and the Library of Congress.

Ireland : This full-colour kaleidoscope of over 150 photographs by one of North America’s leading photographers evokes a pre-Celtic Tiger Ireland, recording a world on the cusp of radical change: a time-capsule of personalities and landscapes, professions and activities. Departing from Dublin and Wicklow, the work extends to Roscommon and the Shannon estuary, recording street scenes, Travellers, the hunt, cattle marts and pub, cottage and country-house interiors.

Six of the eight photo-essays focus on leading personalities: Garech Brown of Luggala, founder of Claddagh Records; Desmond FitzGerald, last knight of Glin; Marina Guinness, chatelaine; J.P. Donleavy, novelist, at home in County Westmeath; Hector McDonnell, artist, at home in Glenarm; and Tim Pat Coogan, historian.

 

Date:     Sun 7th Oct

Time:    2pm - 4pm 

Venue:  The Lord Kinsale

Cost:      €10

Kinsale Historical Society Talk -

The story of Kinsale by it's storytellers.

Continuing on with our history afternoon KHS will give a talk. Terry Connolly has a passion for history and is Chairman of Kinsale and District History Society and has written a number of books on
local history of the area. He has lectured, conducted field trips and written historical articles for various journals and newspapers. He has traveled extensively and is the former President of the Cork Crusaders Toastmaster Club.

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:     Sun 7th Oct

Time:    4pm - 5pm 

Venue:  The Lord Kinsale

Cost:      Free

Poetry Collections and Poetry Competition Awards

This event is to showcase published authors with poetry collections followed by the awards ceremony from our Creative Writing competitions


Eugene O' Connell was born in Kiskeam in North West Cork. He has  published three collections of poems, Chapters of Little Times, One Clear  Call and Diviner. He edited a number of issues of the Cork Literary Review and is Editor (with Pat Boran) of The Deep Heart's Core - an anthology of poetry that explores the personal vision of both established and newly emerging Irish poets. New book is called The Habitable Zone

Kathy D'Arcy is a Cork poet currently completing an IRC-funded Creative Writing PhD in UCC, where she teaches with the Women's Studies department.  In 2013 she received an Arts Council Literature Bursary for her poem Camino.  She has worked as a doctor and youth worker as well as teaching creative writing.  Her play This is my Constitution was staged in 2013 at an Irish parliamentary briefing on gender.  In 2016 she won the Hippocrates Prize and was longlisted for the Ivan Juritz prize for experimental poetry.  She was 2016 editor of the Cork Literary Review and is current editor of Rhyme Rag and Autonomy.  She is a pro-choice activist, and was Chair of the recent Cork Together for Yes campaign.

Graham Allen is Professor of English in University college Cork. His collections The One That Got Away (2014), The Madhouse System (2016), and the first ten years of his on-going e-poem, Holes: Decade One (2017), were published by New Binary Press. He was the winner of the 2010 Listowel Single Poem Prize and has been shortlisted for The Crashaw Prize, The Strong/Salt Prize, the Listowel First Collection Prize, and the Fool for Poetry Prize. His poem "Bright Star for David Bowie" was RTE poem of the week in December 2016 and was a recommended poem in the 2017 Listowel Best Irish Poem of the Year Award. Allen’s new collection, A Tower That Knows No Ghost, is due for publication in 2018/19.  
 
Faye Boland's first poetry collection Peripheral will be launched on 22nd September 2018. A publishing deal with the Manuscript Publishers was the prize for winning the Hanna Greally International Literary Award 2017. Since then she has won the Robert Leslie Boland Prize 2018.  Several of the poems in Peripheral  have been published in literary journals including The Shop, Skylight 47, The Galway Review, The Curlew and Orbis.

Matthew Geden was born in England and in 1990 moved to Kinsale where he runs Kinsale School of Writing. He co-founded the SoundEye International Poetry Festival which takes place in Cork. His own poems have appeared in several publications in Ireland and abroad, among them the poetry anthology for younger readers Something Beginning with P, Poets of the Millennium, The Backyards of Heaven and Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland.

Daniel Galvin is a 23 year old poet from Ballinspittle, Co.Cork. He has had his poetry published by The Moth, The Rose, Pulsar, Hidden Channel, Cold Coffee Stand and The Scum Gentry. He came first place in the Spoken Word Platform at Cuirt International Literary Festival 2017, and won the May 2017 Sunday Slam in Dublin. He performed two poetry sets at Electric Picnic, 2017. Daniel is currently working towards his first collection.

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:     Sun 7th Oct

Time:    3pm - 5pm 

Venue:  The Mill Building

Cost:      Free