Famous writers to visit this weekend for Kildare Readers Festival

Kildare Readers Festival will be launched this evening at the Riverbank in Newbridge.

Kildare Readers Festival will be launched this evening at the Riverbank in Newbridge.

The festival will see a host of famous literary names, including Joseph O’Connor, Paul Howard and Dermot Bolger, visit Newbridge.

The festival itself centres around Newbridge’s Riverbank Theatre, where all events take place (unless stated otherwise below).

Highlights include:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12:

* Mayor’s Festival Opening Reception with the launch of KRF: 2 Notebook project and Poetry Reading with Ann Egan. 6.30pm (Fringe Event)

* Festival launch with author Colin Bateman - 7.30pm.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

* 10 Books You Should Read seminar with Marie Louise O’Donnell and Niall MacMonagle. 10am.

* Saturday Miscellany with Mae Leonard, Philip Schott and John Martin. 12 midday.

* Agatha Christie’s Notebooks with John Curran. 2pm.

* Kildare Readers Festival Author Panel with Adrian Millar, Martina Reilly and Colm Liddy with Roisin Meaney. (2pm, Hotel Keadeen).

* Gangsters and Goodfellas. (3.30pm. wHotel Keadeen. Fringe Event - see above).

* Paul Howard, Author of ‘Triggs: The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog’ and the Ross O’Carroll Kelly series. 4pm.

* Selected Readings from The Performance Corporation. 6pm (Fringe Event)

* Joseph O’Connor reads from his new collection of short stories ‘Where Have You Been?’. 7pm.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

* Dermot Bolger in conversation with Paul Durcan and Aidan Murphy, 11am

* Presentation of the Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award. 12.30pm.

All events are free, but incur a E1 booking charge. Log on to www.riverbank.ie or call 045 448327 for more information and to book.

- Laura Coates