Kildare Readers’ Festival 2013 was a great success, presenting a full weekend of literary delights for bookworms, writers and readers alike. The festival included author readings and interviews, poetry, music, drama and an opportunity to meet with other book lovers in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Riverbank Arts Centre.
This year's festival programme included Senator Mary O’Rourke, Ireland's Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan who joined poet Theo Dorgan and novelist, playwright and poet Dermot Bolger. Lilly Higgins, author of Make, Bake, Love and Dream Deli joined us on Friday evening and crime fans were delighted to welcome authors Brian McGilloway, Declan Hughes and Declan Burke for an insightful and entertaining hour. Peter Sheridan and Mary Shine Thompson took the audience through an inspiring list of their ten most recommended reads and James Durney hosted an event on his latest book The War of Independence in Kildare. This year’s Kildare Readers Festival Author Panel included Niamh Boyce, Louise Phillips and Caroline Finnerty with John Boland.
A very special 1913 commemorative event on Saturday evening entitled Strumpet City Revisited: A conversation through Literature and History included Padráig Yeates, popular broadcaster Joe Duffy and readings from Strumpet City by original cast members Angela Harding and Bryan Murray.