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Kildare Readers' Festival 2015

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Kildare Readers’ Festival 2015

8th to 18th October


Kildare Readers’ Festival 2015is brought to you by Kildare County Library and Arts Service.  Our ethos is to connect our readers with authors and artists, working to bring the very best from the world of literature to our audiences through the provision of exciting, innovative and accessible events.  Since its inception in 2010, our festival audiences have continued to grow and this year, our sixth, will present an entertaining schedule as equally exciting as in previous years.


On Thursday, 15th October we are very excited to present “Things That Go Bump in the Night” and “Why We Love Them”, with highly acclaimed gothic novel author and critic, Kim Newman and Maura McHugh.  Also, our Historian-In-Residence, James Durney, will interview Tomi Reichental, survivor of Belsen Concentration Camp.


We are thrilled to introduce our Writer-In-Residence, Eoin McNamee (in partnership with Maynooth University) and our very special guest, Patrick McCabe on Friday, 16th October.


Saturday, 17th October starts off with the regular favourite: Ten Books You Should Read, which this year features John Lonergan and Nell McCafferty.  Our event, Wild Hibernia with Peter Murphy and guests Mike McCormack and Louise O'Neill, will discuss the current rise of exciting literature that is somewhat different than the norm.  On Saturday night we will present a tribute to W.B.Yeats, A Life and Death Less Ordinary, with Kildare author, Mary O'Donnell facilitating a magical evening of chat and readings.


 We will also be continuing our most popular Sunday morning sessions on 18th October with special guests Joseph O'Connor, Nuala O'Connor and our festival stalwart, Dermot Bolger.


Also, keep an eye out for our fabulous schedule of fringe events, which include a Dennis O'Driscoll tribute, Honouring Voices: Adapting Hanna Greally’s Bird Nest Soup for stage, Alternative Routes to Publishing, Ceol Binn na Filíochta and our annual Artists Notebook Exhibition.


There will be a festival bookshop throughout the weekend, hosted by our festival partners International Educational Services (IES).


So keep checking in with our official website and our facebook page for updates.

We are committed to ensuring that our festival remains accessible to all and so all events are FREE of charge.  Bookings are essential through our Box Office at Riverbank on 045 448327 or online at

*Please note there is a one Euro charge for each online booking.





Twitter: @kildarelibrary #KildareReadersFest15



Ends                                                                                                   7 October 2015


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