With only a week to go to the Opening Night of #ListowelWW16, tickets are selling very well, with a number of events already booked out! Here’s some Hot Selling Tickets you’ll need to book fast if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Festival Dates are 1st – 5th June
Memoir: Hilary Fannin & Julie Janson in conversation with Patricia O’Reilly on Thursday 2nd June, 3.30pm at St John’s Theatre. Admission: €12/€10
Hilary Fannin worked as an actor throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Her stage plays include Mackerel Sky, Doldrum Bay, Red Ball and Sleeping Around. She has written extensively for RTE and BBC Radio with Time It Was, Red Feathers, Dear Exile, Dead Sea Salt Bake, Mother’s Day and Yesterday’s News. In addition, Hilary is a weekly columnist and reviewer for The Irish Times. Hopscotch was published in 2015 and is a funny, poignant and beautifully written memoir.
‘Quite brilliant; beautifully, cleverly observed; funny; heart-breaking.’ – Roddy Doyle
Audiences will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the story of colonisation from the viewpoint of the white settler in Australia as described in Julie Janson’s current novel Benevolence. Her first novel The Crocodile Hotel is described as an epic novel about a young, Aboriginal, single mother’s awakening of identity and compassion in a remote Northern Territory community in 1976. A descendant of the Aboriginal Burruberongal people, award-winning Julie works as a novelist, playwright and visual artist both in her native Australia and internationally.
Patricia O’Reilly writes fiction and non-fiction, is an expert on Irish designer Eileen Gray and lectures on writing in UCD.
Literary: AL Kennedy Interviewed by Niall MacMonagle on Thursday 2nd June, 6.00pm at St John’s Theatre. Admission: €15/€12
A.L. Kennedy was born in Dundee and is the author of 17 books: 6 literary novels, 1 science fiction novel, 7 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She was twice included in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list and has won a host of other awards – including the Costa Book of the Year for her novel Day. Her latest book, All the Rage is a short story anthology, dealing with love, loss and, of course, rage. Her prose is published in a number of languages and she is also a dramatist for the stage, radio, TV and film. She is an essayist and regularly reads her work on BBC radio. She occasionally writes and performs one-person shows and writes for a number of UK and overseas publications.
Niall MacMonagle is a teacher, critic and editor of The Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916. He is a regular contributor to RTE Radio.
Poetry: Paul Muldoon on Thursday 2nd June, 8.30pm at The Listowel Arms Hotel Ballroom. Admission €15
Described by The Times Literary Supplement as, “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War”, Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet and professor of poetry, as well as an editor, critic, and translator. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he has received numerous other awards including an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry and the European Prize for Poetry. Paul Muldoon’s new collection of poems, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing was published last year and won the Pigott Poetry Prize at Listowel Writers’ Week.
Memoir: Paula Byrne on Friday 3rd June, 6.00pm at St John’s Theatre. Admission: €15/€12
Paula Byrne is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of Perdita which is based on the eighteenth-century actress, poet, novelist, feminist and royal mistress Mary ‘Perdita’ Robinson. Kick Kennedy is her latest book and tells the remarkable life of the vivacious, clever and forgotten Kennedy sister. In this book, Byrne uses recently released documents to tell the story of the meeting of American and British aristocracy – the Kennedys and the Devonshires, the social whirl of pre-War life and Kick’s work for the Red Cross. Paula Byrne is married to the academic and author Jonathan Bate and lives in Oxford.
Anne O’Neill has an MA in Creative Writing, she is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and a columnist for www.theshortstory.co.uk She also blogs about books on ofselfandshelf.com
Short Stories: Lucy Caldwell & David Park on Saturday 4th June, 3.30pm at the Plaza Centre. Admission: €15
Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas. Her most recent novel, All the Beggars Riding, was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and was chosen as Belfast’s One City One Book in 2013. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Award, the George Devine Award, the Imison Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Multitudes, Lucy’s debut collection of stories, will be published in May.
David Park is the author of nine books including The Big Snow, The Light of Amsterdam and The Truth Commissioner which was shortlisted for the 2008 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year and the 2014 International IMPAC Prize. Most recently, his novel The Poets’ Wives was Belfast’s choice for One City One Book 2014. Among his many awards are the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize and the American Ireland Fund Literary Award. His novel The Truth Commissioner, set in post-Troubles Northern Ireland, has been adapted for film by the BBC. His latest book just published is a collection of short stories called Gods and Angels.
Literature: Louis de Bernières in conversation with Martina Devlin on Saturday 4th June, 7.30pm at The Listowel Arms Hotel Ballroom. Admission: €15
Louis de Bernières was selected by Granta magazine as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer, with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin winning the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Novel in 1994. His other novels include, Birds Without Wings and A Partisan’s Daughter and most recently The Dust that Falls from Dreams which was published in 2015.
He has also written a collection of stories, Nothwithstanding and a collection of poetry Imagining Alexandria. As well as writing, Louis plays the flute, mandolin and guitar.
Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She has had nine books published. Her latest book, About Sisterland, is set in the near future in a world ruled by women.
Memoir: Mary Kennedy on Sunday 5th June, 2.30pm at The Listowel Arms Hotel Ballroom. Admission: €15/€12
Mary Kennedy has enjoyed a hugely-successful broadcasting career in RTE since 1978. She became a newscaster in 1992 and in 1995 was invited to present the 40th Eurovision Song Contest. She co-hosted Open House in addition to numerous other programmes on RTÉ Television including, Up for the Match, and The People of the Year Awards. She is currently co-presenting the very popular regional news programme, Nationwide, with Anne Cassin. Mary is the author of four books, Paper Tigers, a memoir, Lines I Love which was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2008, Lines for Living and most recently What Matters in 2015.
Literature: James Runcie in conversation with David Murphy on Sunday 5th June, 4.00pm at St John’s Theatre. Admission: €15/€12
James Runcie is a writer, director and literary curator and author of The Grantchester Mysteries. He is also Visiting Professor at Bath Spa University, and a fiction reviewer for The Independent. The Grantchester Mysteries have been adapted to become the ITV/PBS Masterpiece series Grantchester starring James Norton, Robson Greene and Al Weaver. James Runcie was educated at Marlborough College, Cambridge University and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and lives in Edinburgh and London.
David Murphy is the Business Editor with RTE and co-author of the bestselling book Bankers.
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Look forward to seeing you in Listowel!