Readers Festival fever heats up

The highly popular and free annual Kildare Readers festival weekend will take place in Riverbank Arts Centre and Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge from October 12 to 14 next.

The highly popular and free annual Kildare Readers festival weekend will take place in Riverbank Arts Centre and Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge from October 12 to 14 next.

This year’s programme has been described as having ‘a stunning line up for book worms around the county and beyond’.

Author Colin Bateman will kick start the festival on Friday 12 October and over the weekend there will be a jam-packed schedule of author readings, interviews, book signings, drama, poetry, music and more. The festival also welcomes local writer Mae Leonard with Philip Scott, and local historian James Durney will preview his new book ‘The Quiet Man’.

This year also sees a welcome return of Joseph O’Connor reading from his new work ‘Where Have You Been?’

One of Ireland’s greatest living poets, Paul Durcan, will join Dermot Bolger in conversation, Marie-Louise O’Donnell and Niall MacMonagle will take the audience through their ten most recommended reads. Paul Howard ,creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly will read and a very special event with the author of Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, John Curran, is described as an absolute must for fans.

- Paula Campbell