Adult Fiction, Adult Non-fiction, Kildare readers Festival

Even More Online Author Events 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 fourth part of the festival preview is the last of our online events.

Angela Keogh in conversation with Oisín Fagan,

October 10th at 5pm

Join Angela Keogh and Oisín Fagan as they discuss her recently published historical fiction novel, The Winter Dress set in the winter of 1358. Those who book through Eventbrite will have exclusive access to this online interview.

Quiet Nature: Lynn Buckle in conversation with Ryan Dennis,

October 10th at 8pm

A discussion on fictional nature writing from the unique perspective of Lynn Buckle, deaf author of the evocative novella What Willow Says. Journey through her rural landscapes steeped in myth, history, family bonding, and climate change. She speaks of the susurrations of trees and explains how language and place hold meaning and purpose for storytellers.

Join her for a conversation on silence, deafness, nature, and the Anthropocene in contemporary literature with Ryan Dennis, Kildare Writer in Residence, lecturer, farmer, and author of the novel The Beasts They Turned Away.

Those who book through Eventbrite will have exclusive access to this online interview.

Una Mannion and Jamie O’Connell in conversation with

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan

October 11th at 8pm on Zoom

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion with two writers garnering huge praise and attention for their debut novels. Una Mannion’s A Crooked Tree is a haunting and suspenseful coming-of-age story about an American family grappling with the consequences of one fateful evening. While Jamie’ O’Connell’s book Diving for Pearls weaves the stories of six disparate characters in Dubai whose paths and cultures collide when an Emirati woman’s body is found deal in the marina. Una and Jamie will be joined in conversation by writer, performer, and cultural consultant Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan.

Booking through Eventbrite.

Anne Griffin in conversation with Margaret Bonass Madden

October 12th at 7pm on Zoom

Kildare Readers Festival looks forward to welcoming back Anne Griffin for an evening of discussion about her novel Listening Still. Anne Griffin will be in conversation with book reviewer, Margaret Bonass Madden.

Anne Griffin is the author of the bestselling novels Listening Still and When All Is Said. Anne is the winner of the Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year 2019. Anne’s books are published in the UK and USA, and also in twenty foreign languages. Anne’s short story works have featured in, amongst others, The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly and read on BBC Radio 4. Anne has worked in Waterstones Booksellers in both Dublin and London and for various charities. Born in Dublin, Anne now lives in Westmeath, Ireland.

Booking through Eventbrite.

Unsettled: Rosaleen McDonagh in Conversation with Susan McKay

October 13th at 8.30pm

Rosaleen McDonagh writes fearlessly about a diverse experience of being Irish. Her first book ‘Unsettled’ (Skein Press) explores racism, ableism, abuse and resistance as well as the bonds of community, family and friendship. As an Irish Traveller writing from a feminist perspective, McDonagh’s essays are rich and complex, raw and honest, and, above all else, uncompromising. She is joined by Susan McKay to discuss her life and work.

Those who book through Eventbrite will have exclusive access to this online interview.

Rónán Hession in conversation with Susan Tomaselli

October 16th at 8pm on Zoom

Dublin author and musician Rónán Hession has enjoyed runaway success with his debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul, which was chosen as the UNESCO One Dublin One Book title for 2021 and subsequently became one of the most borrowed books in Irish libraries. His follow-up novel Panenka was released in May 2021 to much critical acclaim and looks set for similar success. He will be interviewed by founder and editor of Gorse Magazine Susan Tomaselli.

Booking through Eventbrite.

Sunday Sessions: Michael O’Loughlin in Conversation with Oisín Fagan

October 17th at 10.30am

Always a favourite event of the festival, this year poet Michael O’Loughlin will share a relaxed and intimate conversation with author Oisín Fagan, who is one of the Kildare Library & Arts Services/Maynooth University joint Writers in Residence for 2021/2022. Not to be missed!

Those who book through Eventbrite will have exclusive access to this online interview.

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