Packed programme for Kildare Readers Festival

Launched at the Riverbank Arts Centre

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


Packed programme for Kildare Readers Festival

Marian Higgins, Lucina Russell, Cllr Rob Power, Eimear McGinn and Amye Quigley

A jam-packed programme for this year’s Kildare Readers Festival was launched at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge last Saturday, September 29.

The evening’s entertainment, a celebration of the poetry of local man Desmond Egan, was among the first events on this year’s festival calendar.

The festival runs until October 14. Most of the major events will take place at the Riverbank Arts Centre between Friday, October 12 and Sunday, October 14.

Highlights here include a conversation with the authors of the Aisling Books, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, on Friday, October 12; Rachael English and Gary Granville on ‘Ten Books You Should Read’ on Saturday, followed by the Denis O’Driscoll Awards and the launch of ‘Luisne an Chleite — a Kildare Collective’ by Wordsmiths Writers Group; the Motherfoclóir Podcast Live; Mari Gallagher’s book launch of Becoming A Mother: Reflections on Adoptive Parenthood; a panel discussion called ‘In the Shadow of Queen Maeve’ and ‘An evening with Kildare Writers-In-Residence Paul Lynch and Christodoulos Makris’.

Sunday, October 14 will see a Sunday morning session with historian Turtle Bunbury in coversation with Deirdre Purcell.

This year local libraries in Naas, Kildare, Maynooth, Newbridge, Celbridge, Leixlip and Athy will also host readings and events.

These include ‘Cornflakes for Dinner’ — an evening with Aidan Comerford this Thursday, October 4, at Celbridge Community; ‘Exploring the Curragh Wrens in lore and literature’ with Orla McAlinden, Ann Egan and Martin Malone in Newbridge Library at 11am this Saturday, October 6, and ‘New Voices in Irish Fiction’ — Elizabeth Reapy and Ronan Ryan in conversation with Niamh Boyce, which will take place on Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm in Naas Library.

All events during Kildare Readers Festival 2018 are free, but many are ticketed so booking is essential, either through the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge or via individual libraries. For more information on the full schedule for the festival, see