Over 1,000 turn out for third Readers’ Festival in Riverbank

Celine Broughal, Marian Higgins;,Kildare Arts Office  Lucina Russel, Ann Myler, Joan O'Gorman and Caroline Farrell - all members of the Kildare Readers Festival Committee 2013, pictured at the Festival in the Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge. Photo Tony Keane.
Kildare Readers’ Festival 2013, which took place from October 9 to 13 in Riverbank Arts Centre, drew a fantastic turnout with over 1,000 in attendance over the 13 events.

Kildare Readers’ Festival 2013, which took place from October 9 to 13 in Riverbank Arts Centre, drew a fantastic turnout with over 1,000 in attendance over the 13 events.

Book lovers turned out in their droves to support the free literary festival now in it’s thrid year whcih included author readings and interviews, poetry, music, drama, visual arts and wine tasting with the amazing Susan Boyle in A Wine Goose Chase.

The festival was in high spirits by Friday evening when Lilly Higgins, author of Make, Bake, Love and Dream Deli arrived to judge the cakes produced from her first book for the great Riverbank Bake Off.

According to Executive Librarian Anna Myler highlights of the festival included a very special 1913 commemorative event Strumpet City Revisited, which featured readings from Angela Harding and Bryan Murray, the original Mary and Fitz from the TV series Strumpet City, historian Padraig Yeates and broadcaster Joe Duffy.

“On Sunday morning, novelist, poet and playwright, Dermot Bolger was joined by poet Theo Dorgan and Ireland’s Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan,” she said. “This highly popular session included readings from all three poets and the audience stayed in the arts centre for a couple of hours afterwards, speaking to the poets and having their books signed.”

There was plenty of laughter and tears as Senator Mary O’ Rourke spent an utterly engaging hour and a half speaking to her audience about her life and memoir, Just Mary.

Local writer, James Durney presented an event on his current book, War of Independence in County Kildare. The KRF Notebook project, over 200 moleskin notebooks created by writers, visual artists and film makers from all over the world was described as a huge draw.