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‌Saturday, 13th October

10 Books You Should Read : with Rachael English and Gary Granville

10:30am – 12pm | Riverbank Arts Centre

Rachael English and Gary Granville will each discuss five of their favourite books and why they think you should read them!

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Denis O’Driscoll Literary Bursary Award 
1:30pm – 3pm | Riverbank Arts Centre

KRF are delighted to include the presentation of the inaugural Denis O'Driscoll Literary Awards as part of our programme this year.  O'Driscoll was a poet, essayist, critic and editor. Regarded as one of the best European poets of his time, his book on Seamus Heaney is considered the definitive biography of the Nobel laureate. O'Driscoll made Naas, Co. Kildare, his home until his death in 2012.  Known for his mentoring skills, it is fitting that the awards (intended to support a writer's development) be established. Awards will be made to a professional and emerging writer from Co. Kildare, with readings from the awardees. O'Driscoll's impressive body of work will also be remembered.

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“Luisne an Chleite – a Kildare Collective” by Wordsmiths Writers Group

Wordsmiths Writers Group is delighted to announce the launch of their first anthology, Luisne an Chleite – a Kildare Collective.  This is a diverse mix of stories, poetry and prose with original illustrations of paintings and drawings by some of the group. This beautiful keepsake book could not have emerged without the support of Kildare Library & Arts Service.  Ár mbuíochas dóibh go deo as an deontas a fuaireamar uaibh agus as na ceardlanna a bhí eagraithe dúinn sa leabharlann le scríbhneoirí eirimiúla mar Niamh Boyce, Emily Gilmor-Murphy, Mae Leonard,  John MacKenna,  Eoghan McNamee, Martin Malone, Ré Ó Laighléis agus le Siobhán Conway, Ealaíontóir. The group has been meeting in Kildare Town Library since 2013 and there are currently sixteen members, all of whom enjoy living in County Kildare. Bígí linn chun an ócáid a cheiliúradh!

Motherfoclóir Podcast Live 
3:30pm – 4:30pm | Riverbank Arts Centre

Join us for a live recording of the popular Headstuff podcast Motherfoclóir.

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Book Launch: Becoming a Mother: Reflections on Adoptive Parenthood by Mari Gallagher 
5pm | Riverbank Cafe

Becoming a Mother: Reflections on Adoptive Parenthood is the first book published in Ireland by an adoptive parent and is an exploration of the complexity of adoption, drawing on seminal and modern texts and personal memoir to present a unique view of what it means to be an adoptive parent. Becoming a Mother has a particular focus on inter-country adoptive parenting as well as looking at adoption from the other viewpoints: adopted person and birth parent.‌

In the Shadow of Queen Maeve 
6:30pm – 7:30 pm | Riverbank Arts Centre

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Election and Women's Suffrage - Constance Markievicz was the first woman to be elected to the parliament at Westminster and consequently the 1st Dáil in 1919. In discussion will be Professor Marian Lyons (Maynooth University), Fiona O'Loughlin TD, Catherine Murphy TD, Maureen Bergin (President of County Kildare Chamber and of Kildare Village) and Ciara Plunkett (KFM Radio Presenter).

Writers-In-Residence: Paul Lynch and Christodoulos Makris  
 8pm | Riverbank Arts Centre

Kildare Library & Arts Service and Maynooth University 2018-2019 Writers-in-Residence in conversation.

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All events are FREE of charge, but are ticketed, so booking is essential.  Book online at or call Box Offi ce on 045 448327

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