Kildare readers Festival

Special Events are coming up with Kildare Readers Festival this October

The committee of the Kildare Readers Festival have put together a stellar line up for you, with a mixture of limited live, in-person events and live online events with bigger capacity.

Included in this third part of the festival preview is the last of our in person events, the popular Dennis O’Driscoll Walk, and some more of our live online events and workshops, including writing workshops and the presentation of the Michael Mullen and Dennis O’Driscoll awards.


The Outnumbered Poet: Annual Dennis O’Driscoll Walk,

September 26th at 11am, Naas Racecourse

Join us on our annual guided walk as we celebrate internationally renowned poet Dennis O’Driscoll. Dennis lived in Naas until his untimely death in 2012. Seamus Heaney said of him that ‘Dennis was beloved by his friends for his originality as a poet, his acuity as a critic, his probity and courage and merriment as a man. In the essay ‘Walking Out’ from the book “The Outnumbered Poet” which we will read on this walk, we will hear at first hand this acuity.

Sunday September 26th /11am Meet at the Dublin Road entrance to Naas Racecourse. On street parking available. Assemble at the Grassy Knoll.

Family friendly event. Dogs are welcome on the walk.

Booking is through Eventbrite.

The Heritage of Brigid-A Sense of PlaceWorkshop 1 of the Creative Writing and Visual Art Workshop series

October 9th at 2pm on Zoom

This two-hour collaborative, interactive and participatory workshop invites adults in the community to engage in an exploration of Brigid through the theme of place using written and visual forms with writer Shauna Gilligan and artist Margo McNulty.

Gilligan and McNulty will use prompts based on their research findings including, for example, photographs of artefacts and images of Brigid. Participants may, of course, also use prompts personal to them should they wish.

Individual, pair and group work will be part of this workshop.

Booking is through Eventbrite.

Brigid and the Hidden Sacred Feminine – Workshop 2 of the Creative Writing and Visual Art Workshop series.

October 9th at 7pm on Zoom

This two hour collaborative workshop invites adults in the community to engage with artist Margo McNulty and writer Shauna Gilligan in guided and prompted oral and visual story telling. Particular focus will be on the relationship of the heritage of Brigid and the sacred feminine.

Group exploration of what the sacred feminine means may include focus on artefacts such as mantles, crosses, ribbons, clothing etc and/or examples of visual and written descriptions which were created by Gilligan and McNulty as part of their collaboration Mantles, funded by Creative Ireland (Kildare and Roscommon County Councils).

Individual, pair and group work will be part of this workshop.

Booking is through Eventbrite.

An Tolg Liteartha, October 13th at 7.15pm on Zoom

A special Irish Language event in partnership with Maynooth University.

Imeacht á eagrú ag Ollscoil Mhá Nuad agus Leabharlanna Chill Dara i bpáirt le hOireachtas na Gaeilge agus RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
San ócáid álainn seo, cuirfidh an craoltóir aitheanta Tristan Rosenstock comhrá ar an triúr scríbhneoirí a bhuaigh mórghradaim liteartha na Gaeilge: Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin (don léitheoir fásta), Gradam Réics Carló (don léitheoir óg), agus Gradam de Bhaldraithe (don saothar aistrithe), in éineacht leis an scoláire liteartha agus léachtóir le Gaeilge in Ollscoil Mhá Nuad, an Dr Liam Mac Amhlaigh.
Tolg fíorúil i mbliana is ea é, ach féasta na litríochta, gan amhras: bígí linn chun na gaiscí litríochta Gaeilge seo in 2021 a scagadh agus a cheiliúradh anuas ar aithne níos fearr a chur ar na scríbhneoirí iomráiteacha seo agus a saothair.

Booking is through Eventbrite.

4th annual Michael Mullen Creative Fiction Writing Competition 2021

Awards Presentation, October 14th at 7pm on Zoom

Kildare Library is delighted to host this very special online event to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Michael Mullan Charity Fund Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Kildare Micro-fiction Competitions 2021.

The winning entries in each competition, selected by judging panel Niamh Boyce, Caroline E. Farrell, John MacKenna and Lynn Buckle, will be read on the night and will be published on the Michael Mullan Charity Fund website and on the Kildare Library and Arts Service website.

All proceeds from the competition are going to support kidney cancer research and treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Booking is through Eventbrite.

The Dennis O’Driscoll Awards,

October 16th at 2pm online on Eventbrite

Regarded as one of the best European poets of his time, Dennis O’Driscoll was a poet, essayist, critic, editor and mentor who made Naas, Co Kildare his home until his death.

The Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Bursary Award is open to both established and emerging writers and critics in all genres. The award for professional writers is to augment their professional practice, particularly research towards the production of new writings. The award for emerging writers supports their professional development/training opportunities.

We introduce this year’s awardees who will read their work, adjudicated this year by Writer in Residence Susan Tomaselli. The awardees will be interviewed by broadcaster Keith Walsh.

Book through Eventbrite to access this event.

Old Ireland In Colour 2, October 16th at 5pm on Zoom

Authors of Old Ireland In Colour John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley explore how photography brings Irish history alive.

In Old Ireland in Colour 2, the much-anticipated sequel to their beloved bestseller, John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley have delved even deeper into Ireland’s historical archives to uncover captivating photographic gems to bring to life using their unique blend of cutting-edge technology, historical research and expert colourisation.

Old Ireland in Colour 2 celebrates more of the rich history of Ireland and the Irish from all walks of life, and sees all thirty-two counties represented. With over 150 superb images, once again accompanied by insightful captions, the book is the perfect encapsulation of life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

From the chaos of the revolutionary period to the simple beauty of the islands, from the iconic to the domestic, there is something new and inspiring to be gleaned from every single page.

This event is supported by Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee, Irish Academic Press & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.

Booking is through Eventbrite.

We will have our final preview of events tomorrow, right here on the Kildare Libraries Blog.

Keep an eye on our social media and the website for more events while tickets for the above events will be through Eventbrite.

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