Many thanks to all the readers and writers who attended our festival this year. Kildare Readers Festival 2013 will take place from 11th to 13th October 2013.
This highly popular and free annual festival had a stunning line up for book worms around the county and beyond in 2012. Colin Bateman kick started the festival on 12th October and over the weekend there was a jam-packed schedule of author readings, interviews, book signings, drama, poetry, music and more.
This year we were very proud to welcome back Joseph O Connor reading from his new work Where Have You Been? One of Ireland’s greatest living poets, Paul Durcan, joined Dermot Bolger in conversation, Marie-Louise O’Donnell and Niall MacMonagle took the audience through their top ten recommended reads, Paul Howard creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and author of Triggs: The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog read and a very special event with the author of Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, John Curran, was an absolute must for all Christie fans.
We welcomed Mae Leonard with Philip Scott and James Durney previewed his new book The Quiet Man. NYPD Detective Peter Daly. We also hosted a celebration of one of the country’s most inventive and entertaining playwrights, Tom Swift, courtesy of The Performance Corporation and festival regulars Stories for the Ear, KRF Notebook project and The Kildare Readers Festival Author Panel ensured that there was something for everyone to enjoy.