The festival is delighted to welcome Emma Donoghue for the first time. Her new novel, Learned By Heart is the breath-taking story of two young girls on the margins of life, forging a connection that will last forever.
Vona Groarke & Kit De Waal in conversation with Paula Shields. In this event the two writers will discuss the overlaps, similarities and distinctions between form, content and style in their writing of fiction, poetry, memoir and essays.
October 7, 2023
This year’s ever popular school’s poetry competition will be judged by poet Eileen Sheehan. Eileen looks forward to seeing all the entries and enjoys the wonderful poetry written by 3rd to 6th class students in Primary schools in the Nenagh area.
Rural Ireland meets the Middle East in a plot which follows middle aged farmer Paddy, whose lust for life has long vanished. A trip to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan encourages him to feel a fresh wonder for the world, develop new friendships and begin an exciting love affair…with himself.
Using new evidence from the Irish & British National Archives – Robert O’Byrne has brilliantly reconstructed the lives of the owners of 10 ‘Big Houses’ throughout Ireland. He’ll be in conversation with Vona Groarke and there’ll be music by harpist Laura O’Sullivan and singer Cathie Ryan.