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Sunday Morning Session

Turtle Bunbury in Conversation with Deirdre Purcell

Sunday 14th of October / 11am – 12:30pm / Riverbank Arts Centre 

Deirdre Purcell takes the reins for this year’s Sunday morning session for a relaxed and intimate conversation with Turtle Bunbury discussing his work and life experiences which have helped to shape him as an author, historian and much more. 

Turtle Bunbury is a best-selling author, historian and lecturer who lives near Tobinstown, County Carlow. His books include the award-winning Vanishing Ireland series, Easter Dawn – The 1916 Rising, The Glorious Madness – Tales of the Irish in World War One, 1847 - A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity & Savagery and The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Kildare. His next book It Starts With A Bear: Ireland’s Forgotten Past will be published in March 2018. Turtle was founder and curator of the History Festival of Ireland, as well as ‘A City By the Sea’ and ‘Cork 1918,’ two ongoing exhibitions in Cork City. A co-presenter of the Genealogy Roadshow TV series for RTÉ, he will appear on the US series of Who Do You Think You Are? inNovember 2018  and is a contributor to Nationwide. His work frequently appears in print and online media, including National Geographic Traveler, Vogue Living, The World of Interiors, Playboy, The Australian and The Irish Times. He also runs the popular Wistorical and Vanishing Ireland Facebook pages.

Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin, and educated there and in a County Mayo convent. Before turning to the writing of fiction, she lived through an eclectic set of careers, including acting, as a member of the permanent company of Ireland`s National Theatre (The Abbey), and journalism for all media - for which she won Ireland's top awards. She has written numerous fiction and non-fiction bestsellers and regularly presents 'What it Says in the Papers' on RTÉ's Morning Ireland.