Literature

Welcome to Nenagh Arts Centre Literature page! Below you will find information for all the upcoming literature events coming to Nenagh Arts Centre in the near future.

Dromineer Literary Festival - Flying Start with Julian Gough & Lisa Harding - Thursday 4th October, 8pm, Tickets €12.00 / €10.00 (plus €1 Booking Fee)

Festival opening with local author Julian Gough, and first time novelist, Lisa Harding.
Julian is the author of three comic novels and was formerly the lead singer of the underground literary band Toasted Heretic.
He won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize in 2008 and 2012.

In 2011 he wrote the end to Minecraft, Time magazine's computer game of the year.His 'Rabbit and Bear' children's books (illustrated by Jim Field) have been translated into over twenty languages. Julian's latest novel is Connect.

Lisa Harding is an actor, playwright and author. She played Connie in RTE's Fair City and has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, and the Manchester Library.  She received an MPhil in creative writing from Trinity College Dublin in 2014.  Her short stories have been published in the Dublin Review, the Bath Short Story Anthology and Headstuff.  Her plays include Starving, And All Because, and Playground. Harvesting is Lisa's first novel for which she won the Kate O'Brien Prize.
Julian and Lisa will be interviewed by RTE broadcaster Rick O'Shea.

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Dromineer Literary Festival - Friday Forum with Ruth Padell & John Connell - Friday 5th October, 8pm, Tickets €12.00 / €10.00 (plus €1 Booking Fee)

Interesting pairing of prize winning poet Ruth Padel and, the publishing sensation of the year, John Connell, author of The Cow Book.
Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, Professor of Poetry at King's College London.  Her ten collections include Darwin - A Life in Poems, a verse biography of her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin; The Mara Crossing on human and animal migration; Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth on the Middle East; and Tidings, a narrative poem on homelessness and Christmas.  She is deeply involved in nature conservation: her travel book on the plight of the tiger, Tigers in Red Weather, was shortlisted for the US Kiriwama Prize, she received a British Council Darwin Now award for her wildlife novel Where the Serpent Lives, and is the only writer to be Fellow of the Zoological Society of London as well as the Royal Society of Lliterature.  She was Chair of Judges for the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize, Judge for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.
Ruth's new collection  is a tender-hearted elegy for her mother, at her passing at the age of 97.

John Connell is a journalist, a film maker, writer and a farmer.  He lives on his family farm in Birchview, Co. Longford. The Cow Book is his first book.  It is the story of Connell's life as a farmer, of his relationship with his birthplace of Co. Longford, with its community around the family farm, with the animals he tends, and with his father.
Our Chair for this event is Arts journalist, writer, editor, and freelance broadcaster Sinead Gleeson.

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Dromineer Literary Festival - Saturday Night with John Banville - Saturday 6th October, 8pm, Tickets €15.00 / €13.00 (plus €1 Booking Fee)

We are honoured to welcome one of Ireland's most highly acclaimed authors and essayists, John Banville.
John Banville was born in Wexford in 1945.  He is the author of sixteen novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. In 2011 he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, in 2013 he was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and in 2014 he won the Prince of Asturias Award, Spain's most important literary prize. Under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, Banville has published a number of crime novels featuring the detective Quirke.  His most recent novel is Mrs. Osmond. He lives in Dublin.

 

The Chair for this event is Sophie Gorman a journalist and broadcaster based in Paris. Sophie is a former Arts Editor in The Irish Independent.

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Dromineer Literary Festival - Brontë At Nenagh Castle - Sunday 7th October, 4pm, Tickets €12.00 / €10.00 (plus €1 Booking Fee)

Historian James Scully tells the story of Charlotte Brontë’s marriage to Banagher native Arthur Bell Nicholls. Hear Charlotte’s description of first meeting her Irish in-laws on her honeymoon in Banagher, Co. Offaly.
The story will unfold with members of the Nenagh Players and singer songwriters Claire Watts and Shona Blake will enhance the evening with their unique and inimitable voices.

NOTE: Event takes place on the first floor of Nenagh castle, there is no wheelchair access.
NB - PLEASE DRESS WARMLY FOR THIS EVENT.

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Nenagh Arts Centre,
Banba Square,
Nenagh,
Co. Tipperary
Phone: 067 34400
Email: director@nenagharts.com

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