Countdown to Kildare Readers Festival

The Arts

Niamh O'Donoghue


Niamh O'Donoghue


Countdown to Kildare Readers Festival

A special tribute is to be paid to Aidan Higgins at the Kildare Reader's Festival. Photo: John Minahan

The countdown is on to the seventh annual Kildare Readers Festival 2016 with events due to kick off this weekend in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.

Running from October 14 to 16, this festival is organised by the Kildare Library and Arts Service and all events are free of charge, although booking is advised.

There are a huge variety of events on offer with many featuring some of Kildare most talented writers.

On Saturday, a special panel featuring local novelists, Lissa Oliver, Martin Malone, Margaret Scott, and Martina Reilly will discuss their literary journeys and what motivates them.

This will be followed by a tribute event to legendary Kildare writer, Aidan Higgins. Another event of note also has local links. Crime journalist, Eamon Dillon will be joined by film director Ian Palmer and author James Durney to discuss his novel, “The 100 Kilo Case”. The expert crime panel will discuss the career of Peter Daly, the subject of James' book.

“The festival programme has something for everyone, including regular favourites such as Ten Books You Should Read with Irish legend Dervla Murphy and Mary Kennedy and our Sunday Morning Session with Dermot Bolger, who this year is joined by John Sheahan from The Dubliners,” said a spokesperson.

“This year we are proud to welcome some of the most exciting new voices in Irish literature Lisa McInerney, Sara Baume, Paul McVeigh and Martin Dyar along with a 1916 commemorative event with broadcaster Joe Duffy.”

The organisers are also hugely proud to include lots of Kildare talent.

The full programme of events can be found by clicking here

Bookings can be made through the Riverbank box office at 045 448327 or by clicking here, or by logging on to

There is a €1 booking fee for online bookings.