Venue: Rowan Tree Café
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 09.00
€10/€8

We kick off our Saturday morning with a Festival firm favourite – Books & Buns – at the Rowan Tree Café. Enjoy a Saturday morning book club gathering and test your knowledge of all things literary. Refreshments are included and intended to set you up for a very busy day!

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Venue: Old Ground Hotel
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 10.00
€10/€8

Evelyn Conlon and Henrietta McKervey read from and discuss their work. This session is a celebration of writers whose work is inspired in different ways by history.

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Venue: glór
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 11.30
€15/€12

Join us for one of the highlights of the weekend, designed to whet the appetite of even the most reluctant reader. Historian and Professor of Modern Irish History, Diarmaid Ferriter, will be joined by Head of Special Projects at the National Archives, Catríona Crowe, to share with us insights into their favourite books. We’ve asked them not to limit themselves, so expect some surprises from two voracious readers!

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Venue: glór
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 13.30
€18

The Happy Pear twins, Stephen and David Flynn, take to the stage for food-recipe demos, stories, laughs and some tastings of delicious Happy Pear food. They will prepare recipes from their bestselling book, The Happy Pear: Recipes and Stories from the first 10 years, while sharing with you their journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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Venue: Temple Gate Hotel
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 14.00
€15/€12

Acclaimed poets, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Leanne O’Sullivan join us for this special collaboration with Ireland’s finest classical ensemble, the Vanbrugh Quartet. The Vanbrugh Quartet will perform Smetana’s From My Life, his autobiographical work interwoven with responsive readings selected by Doireann and Leanne from their own work. This is the premiere of this collaborative project.

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Venue: glór
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 15.15
€15/€12

Join Sinéad Gleeson, broadcaster and journalist, as she explores the literary gem that is the short story. Sinéad is editor of the recently published, critically acclaimed, Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards’ winner The Long Gaze Back. Joining Sinéad are three contributors to the anthology: Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose latest novel, The Lives of Women, was published in April 2015; Lisa McInerney, whose debut novel, The Glorious Heresies was published in 2015 (shortlisted for an Irish Book Award) and Siobhán Mannion, recipient of the Hennessy Award and a radio producer. They will read from and discuss their stories from the anthology.

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Venue: glór (Theatre 2)
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 16.30
€10/€8

Fathers feature strongly in literature from Atticus Finch (Harper Lee) to Michael Moran (Amongst Women) and with Mother’s Day falling on Sunday 06 March, we thought that it would be interesting to take a look at fathers in literature. We have invited three authors in whose work fathers feature prominently to join us. Cormac James (Track and Field and The Surfacing), Kevin Maher (The Fields and Last Night on Earth) and Cónal Creedon (Fathers and Sons, Passion Play, Pancho and Lefty Ride Out, The Mortal Deed Of Michael O’Leary) will be reading from their work and discussing the fathers within.

This session will be hosted by Sara Keating, cultural journalist with The Irish Times.

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Venue: glór
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 20.00
€25

For our Saturday night mainstage event, we welcome two very different guests, hosted by writer and broadcaster Susan McKay.

First up is Lemn Sissay who will perform and discuss his work as a poet, playwright, and human rights’ activist. Lemn was recently named Chancellor at the University of Manchester, beating off stiff competition from none other than Peter Mandelson.

We are also delighted to welcome Kate Adie, bestselling author and broadcaster, and BBC’s Chief News Correspondent, a role she was promoted to following her coverage of the killings in Tiananmen Square. Kate will discuss her life and work as one of the first British women to send dispatches from danger zones around the world.

This event is kindly supported by The Ennis Bookshop.

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Venue: Rowan Tree Café
Date: Saturday, 05 March at 22.30         

Join us for a relaxed and easy going get-together with singer songwriter Louise McMahon at the Rowan Tree Café. A chance to catch up on all the day’s events and mingle with authors and readers!

Free Event