Literary delights in store at Kildare Readers Festival

Leon McAleenan, Newbridge, was at the Kildare Readers Festival 2012 at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.               Photo Tony Keane.
Kildare Readers’ Festival which will take place from October 9 to 13, promises a full weekend of literary delights for bookworms, writers and readers alike.

Kildare Readers’ Festival which will take place from October 9 to 13, promises a full weekend of literary delights for bookworms, writers and readers alike.

The festival will include author readings and interviews, poetry, music, drama an opportunity to meet other book lovers in the Riverbank Arts Centre.

This year the festival will host Senator Mary O’Rourke, who will speak about her memoir Just Mary.

She will be joined by author Jennifer Johnston, described as a voice for her generation and who will join novelist, playwright and poet Dermot Bolger for his highly popular Sunday morning session.

Lilly Higgins, author of Make, Bake, Love will be there on Friday evening, October 9 and crime fans will be delighted to welcome authors Brian McGilloway, Declan Hughes and Declan Burke for an insightful and entertaining hour.

Peter Sheridan and Mary Shine Thompson will take the audience through an inspiring list of their ten most recommended reads and local author and historian James Durney will host an event on his latest book The War of Independence in Kildare.

This year’s Kildare Readers Festival Author Panel will include Niamh Boyce, Louise Phillips, Caroline Finnerty with John Boland.

A very special 1913 commemorative event will be held on Saturday evening to include Padráig Yeates and readings from Strumpet City.

Last year saw a welcome return from Joseph O’Connor who read from his new work ‘Where Have You Been?’

Marie-Louise O’Donnell and Niall MacMonagle took the audience through their ten most recommended reads.

See schedule of events at www.kildarereadersfestival.ie and also on the Riverbank website.