Dundalk Book Festival, April 26th and 27th FEATURING IRISH COMIC CREATORS!

Tommie Kelly (yup that’s me!), Rob Curley, Paddy Brown, Alan Nolan and Hilary Lawler have been asked to do a panel on Irish comics and graphic Novels as part of the Dundalk Book Festival. The comic panel is on Saturday afternoon (the 27th) and we have room for about 70 people or so. If you fancy a trip or are in the area, why not come join us!
HERE’S THE PRESS RELEASE (relevant info bolded):
Dundalk Book Festival, April 26th and 27th, 2013.
Do you love books?
Would you like to take part in a major new Book Festival.
Do you enjoy meeting renowned novelists and hearing them read from their works?
Ever wondered what it would be like to write and publish your own book?
Well Great news. A major new book Festival will be held in Dundalk on April 26 th and 27th, 2013.
Acclaimed author and playwright Peter Sheridan (whose mother hails from Dundalk) launches the
festival in style at DKIT at 1pm until 3 on April 26. Peter will read from and perform his own works,
including his new memoir ‘Break A Leg’ . (Admission free).
On Saturday April 27th, Dundalk town centre will host a series of book festival events featuring
readings and Q and As by famous Irish crime novelists, Irish graphic novelists, poets, short story
writers, memoirists and other performers.
The line-up for Dundalk includes Irish women writers Christine Dwyer-Hickey, Claudia Carroll,
Catherine Dunne and Jaki McCarrick, celebrated crime writers Declan Burke, Niamh O’ Connor
and Declan Hughes, best-selling author, founder of Writing.ie and self-publishing guru Vanessa
O’Loughlin, acclaimed children’s writing workshop Fighting Words, successful children’s writer Sarah
Webb, Irish graphic novelists Tommie Kelly, Alan Nolan, Hilary Lawler, Patrick Brown and Rob Curley,
and magnificent, unpredictable and captivating foursome The Poetry Divas, along with local writers
and performers.
Among the highlights are two major events at An Tain.
Irish Crime Writers Niamh O’Connor, Declan Hughes and Declan Burke are interviewed and read
from their work at 1pm (1-3pm). Host Gerry Kelly of LMFM.
That evening, best-selling Irish Women Writers Christine Dwyer-Hickey, Claudia Carroll and
Catherine Dunne take the stage (7-9pm) to read from their books, and participate in an audience Q
and A in an informal interview situation with host Tom Muckian of Carroll’s bookshop. These events
are all ticket (prices 6e for a single event and 10e for both).
Wannabe writers should not miss the chance to avail of Vanessa O’Loughlin’s workshop, ‘How to Get
Published’ at the County Museum AV theatre (10-1). Spaces limited. Admission 15e.
For younger readers and writers, acclaimed travelling writing Creative Writing workshop Fighting
Words (founded by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love), will be holding court at the County Library for four
days from Wednesday April 24th until Saturday April 27th. Successful children’s writer Sarah Webb
will also be giving a talk at the same venue on the 27th.
On Saturday, successful local author Jaki McCarrick launches her new book ‘The Scattering’ at
Carroll’s bookshop 5-6pm.
Renowned Irish Graphic novelists Alan Nolan, Tommie Kelly, Hilary Lawler, Patrick Brown and Rob Curley will be discussing their work in an informal interview setting at the AV Theatre that afternoon
(2.30-3.30). Free admission. Places limited.
Meanwhile, various local authors, poets and performers will be entertaining, inspiring and
spellbinding audiences at two local cafes. The Poetry Divas will host and perform at The Panana Café
in Market Square and Local writers John Noonan and Jamie Ward will host events at The 23 Seats in
Crowe Street. Both venues will be hopping and leppin’ and even rockin’ from 2 until 7 or later. You
can expect the unexpected.
All events on Saturday are within walking distance of Market Square and free to the public with the
exception of the two events in An Tain and the How to Get Published workshop.
Support your local book festival.