22 - 24 February 2019

PARTICIPANTS 2019 (click profile pic for bio)

Richard Ford
David Park
Liz Nugent
Philippe Claudel
Lara Marlowe
Adam Wyeth
Emilie Pine
Niall MacMonagle
Louise O'Neill
Martin Dyar
Clodagh Beresford Dunne
Ciaran O'Driscoll
Jo Slade
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne
Nadia Whiston Battersby
Paula Shields
Mary Coll


Richard Ford is an American novelist, story-writer and essayist. He's published twelve books, which have been translated into 35 languages. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, in the United States, was formerly professor in Trinity College, Dublin, and at present is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University in the city of New York.

Richard Ford will be in conversation with Niall Mac Monagle at the Lime Tree Theatre at 2p.m, Sunday 24th February. Click here for tickets.



Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of six biographies,including Lives Like Loaded Guns:Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds and The Imperfect Life of TS Eliot, and also Shared Lives, a memoir of women's friendship in her native South Africa. Her latest, Outsiders, tells the stories of five novelists - Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf - and their famous novels. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives in Oxford where she is a fellow of St Hilda's College.

Lyndall Gordon will be at the Hunt Museum at 11:00a.m, Saturday 23rd February. Click here for tickets.



David Park is the author of nine novels and two collections of short stories. The Truth Commissioner (Bloomsbury 2008) was awarded the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize and adapted for film; The Light of Amsterdam (Bloomsbury 2012) was shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize and The Poets’ Wives (Bloomsbury 2014) was Belfast’s One City One Book. He has won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award, received a Major Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the American Ireland Award for Literature. His new novel Travelling in a Strange Land is published by Bloomsbury.

David Park will be at the Hunt Museum at 2:30p.m, Saturday 23rd February. Click here for tickets.



Liz Nugent had several careers before turning her hand to writing. She was, among other things, a buyer for a construction company, a welfare office civil servant, a theatrical stage manager and a story associate on a tv soap opera.In early 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was published. It went straight to the top of the bestsellers list and also won the Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Television rights for Unravelling Oliver have been optioned by Appian Way, Leonardo Di Caprioís production company in Los Angeles.

Her second novel, Lying in Wait, was published in July 2016 and also went straight to number 1. It won the Ryan Tubridy Listenerís Choice prize at the Irish Book Awards and was shortlisted for Crime Novel of the Year. On its UK release in January 2017, Lying in Wait went straight into the UK bestseller list and was chosen for the hugely popular Richard & Judy Bookclub Spring 2017 list and won the Readerís Choice award for that season.

In Oct 2017, Liz won the Irish Woman of the Year Award for Literature.

She has written stories for children, radio plays, tv dramas and has good intentions to write a stage play very soon. Lizís books have been translated into 18 languages. Lizís third novel, Skin Deep, was published in Ireland in April 2018, hit the number 1 spot and spent five months in the top ten bestsellers list.

Liz Nugent will be in conversation will Bill Whelan at the Lime Tree Theatre at 11a.m, Sunday 24th February. Click here for tickets.



Philippe Claudel is a French writer and film director. He directed the 2008 film I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime) which won the 2009 BAFTA for the best film not in English.

His best-known work to date is the novel Les Âmes grises (Grey Souls), which won the Prix Renaudot in France, was shortlisted for the American Gumshoe Award, and won Sweden's Martin Beck Award. He won the 2003 Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle for Les petites mécaniques, and the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for Brodeck’s Report, his hallucinatory story – almost a dark fairy-tale in which Kafka meets the Grimms – of an uneasy homecoming after wrenching tragedy.

In addition to his writing and directing, Philippe is a Professor of Literature at the University of Nancy.

In partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland, Philippe Claudel will be interviewed by Dr Loïc Guyon at the Hunt Museum at 1:45p.m, Saturday 23rd February. Click here for tickets.

Philippe will also introduce a screening of his 2008 award winning film Il y a longtemps que je t’aime/I’ve Loved You So Long on Friday the 22nd at 12:30pm in the Captains Room at the Hunt Museum. With English subtitles. This is a free event.



As France correspondent for The Irish Times newspaper, Lara Marlowe has observed French politics at close range for more than 20 years. She spent four years in Washington DC covering Barack Obama’s first presidential term, and has worked extensively in the Middle East. Before joining the Irish Times in 1996, Marlowe was Beirut bureau chief for Time Magazine.

Marlowe holds degrees from UCLA, the Sorbonne and Oxford, and has won three press awards. She is the author of “The Things of Seen; Nine Lives of a Foreign Correspondent,” and “Painted With Words.” The French government made her a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur for her contribution to Franco-Irish relations.

Lara Marlowe will be opening the festival at the Hunt Museum at 6p.m, Friday 22nd February..



Adam Wyeth is a poet, playwright and essayist. Adam's debut collection Silent Music (Salmon Poetry, 2011) was Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. In 2013 Salmon published his essays, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish poetry. His second collection The Art of Dying (2016) was named as an Irish Times Book of the Year. His plays have been produced in Ireland, Berlin and New York. He teaches Creative Writing at adamwyeth.com

Adam Wyeth will give a talk on renowned Limerick poet Desmond O'Grady at 1pm on Friday 23rd February at Culture House, Pery Square. This is a free event.



Emilie Pine is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. Emilie has published widely as an academic and critic, and is editor of the Irish University Review journal. Her first collection of personal essays, Notes to Self, was published in 2018 by Tramp Press.

Emilie Pine will be at the Hunt Museum at 12p.m, Saturday 23rd February.Click here for tickets.



Niall MacMonagle is a writer and critic and broadcasts frequently on RTE Radio 1. He writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent and has edited several anthologies including Real Cool, Outside In, Slow Time, Off the Wall, The Open Door Book of Poetry, the Lifelines anthologies, the Leaving Certificate anthology Poetry Now, TEXT - A Transition Year English Reader and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916 [Penguin 2015]. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by UCD for services to literature.

Niall MacMonagle will be at the Hunt Museum at 4p.m, Saturday 23rd February.

Niall will present The Blank Page. This event explores the genesis, the making and remaking of a poem of theirs with award-winning poets Clodagh Beresford Dunne and Martin Dyar. Click here for tickets.



Louise O'Neill grew up in Clonakilty, a small town in West Cork, Ireland. Her first novel, Only Ever Yours, was released in 2014. Only Ever Yours went on to win the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards; the Children's Books Ireland Eilis Dillon Award for a First Children's Book; and The Bookseller's inaugural YA Book Prize 2015. Louise's second novel, Asking For it, was published in September 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. She went on to win the Specsaver's Senior Children's Book of the Year at the 2015 Irish Book Awards, the Literature Prize at Irish Tatler's Women of the Year Awards, and the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz award. Asking For It was voted Book of the Year at the Irish Books Awards 2015 and spent 52 weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller list. The New York Times called it "riveting and essential" and The Guardian named O' Neill "the best YA fiction writer alive today." Both novels have been optioned for screen.

O' Neill's first novel for adults, Almost Love, was published in March 2018. The Surface Breaks, her feminist re-imagining of The Little Mermaid, followed in May 2018 and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and the National Book Awards in the UK.

Louise O'Neill will be at the Hunt Museum at 10:00a.m, Saturday 23rd February. Click here for tickets.



Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford, County Mayo. He studied at NUIG, Southern Illinois University, and at Trinity College where he wrote a PhD thesis on the American poet Wallace Stevens, and taught for ten years in the TCD school of medicine. His poetry collection Maiden Names (Arlen House, 2013) was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize, and was a books of the year selection in both the Guardian and the Irish Times. Along with the composer Ryan Molloy, Martin has written a poetry song cycle, Buaine na Gaoithe, which had an Irish national tour in 2018. He has also written a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the Irish poet Thomas Moore. Martin was awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. Martin's poem 'Death and the host Office' has been added to the Leaving Cert Prescribed poetry syllabus. That same poem was described by the novelist Colm Toibin as 'an instant classic'. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin has said that 'Martin Dyar is a poet writing close to the bones and stones of a real Ireland. A landscape and its animals, people, ghosts, are pinned down, probed and revealed in sharp, often witty language' and Bernard O'Donoghue has described Maiden Names as a thrilling new development in Irish poetry. Martin Dyar is presently an associate writer at the University of Limerick, where he teaches on the MA in Creative Writing.

Martin Dyar will be at the Hunt Museum at 4p.m, Saturday 23rd February. Martin and Clodagh Beresford Dunne will be in conversation with Niall MacMonagle as part of The Blank Page event. Click here for tickets.



Clodagh Beresford Dunne was born in Dublin and grew up in Dungarvan. She studied English and Law and qualified as a solicitor. An international debater and public speaker, she represented Ireland three times at the World University Championships, has been awarded several literary bursaries and residencies. From a newspaper background, Beresford published her first story when she was eight and her poetry has been published and broadcast here and in the US.

Her poem Seven Sugar Cubes was published in the Irish Times and was voted Listowel Writers' Week Irish Poems of the Year Award at the 2017 Irish Book Awards. Thomas McCarthy has said of Beresford Dunne that she is a writer of immense seriousness and purpose. Her poems announce a new vision to us, a new vortex of energy that localises human experience and domesticated genius.

Clodagh Beresford Dunne will be at the Hunt Museum at 4p.m, Saturday 23rd February. Clodagh and Martin Dyar will be in conversation with Niall MacMonagle as part of The Blank Page event. Click here for tickets.



Ciaran O'Driscoll, born in Callan, Co. Kilkenny in 1943 and living in Limerick, is a member of Aosdána.

He has published six collections of poetry, including Gog and Magog (Salmon, 1987), Moving On, Still There (Dedalus, 2001), and Life Monitor (Three Spires Press, 2009). His most recent poetry publication is the chapbook, The Speaking Trees (SurVision Books, 2018).

His work has been translated into many languages. Vecchie Donne di Magione (The Old Women of Magione) with Italian translations by Rita Castigli, was published by Volumnia Editrice in 2006, and a Selected Poems in Slovene translation was published in May 2013 by Kud France Preseren. Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves, in 2001. His novel A Year’s Midnight was published by Pighog in 2012.

He has won a number of awards for his work, including the James Joyce Prize and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His poem ‘Please Hold’, included in the anthology Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry (Faber and Faber 2015), has become a prescribed text in post-2000 poetry for A Level Literature..

Ciaran O'Driscoll, with Jo Slade, will be at the City Library, the Granary at 11a.m, Friday 22nd February. He will read from his poetry. This is a free event.



Jo Slade is a poet and painter. She is the author of five collections of poetry and two chapbooks of poems, The Artist’s Room, (Pighog Press, Brighton, UK 2010 & The White Cottage 2016 T-A-R Publications) Her most recent collection, The Painter’s House published by (Salmon Poetry in 2013) was joint winner of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize 2014. Her installation/exhibition, The White Cottage took place in The Sailor’s Home 2016. A forthcoming collection, Cycles and Lost Monkeys will be published by Salmon Poetry, March 2019.

Jo Slade, with Ciaran O'Driscoll, will be at the City Library, the Granary at 11a.m, Friday 22nd February. She will read from her poetry. This is a free event.



Eilis Ni Dhuibhne writes fiction, drama and non-fiction in Irish and English, and is also a literary critic. She has published over 25 books, including six collections of short stories. Her latest book is Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive, 2017). She has won many awards for her work, including Irish Pen Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2015, and a Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. She is a member of Aosdana.

Kate O'Brien Hour featuring Éilis Ní Dhuibhne will take place at 10:00a.m, Sunday 24th February at the Lime Tree Theatre. Click here for tickets.



Nadia was born in Dublin in 1994. There she lived with her mother, Eileen Battersby, until they moved to Kildare when Nadia was five. Nadia finished her secondary education in Hertfordshire, England and since graduating from the University of Manchester in 2017; Nadia has worked in publishing and as a teacher in secondary schools in South-East London. In September Nadia will commence her MA in English Literature, specialising in Romanticism at The University of Glasgow.

Nadia will take part, along with David Park, in the Desert Island Books Event at the Lime Tree Theatre at 12:30p.m, Sunday 24th February. Click here for tickets.



An arts journalist since the 1990s, Paula Shields has worked in print, TV and now radio – on Arena, RTE’s flagship arts show. She has hosted many live public events - favourite interviewees include Margaret Atwood and Donal Ryan. She is also Chair of the judging panel for the 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Paula Shields will take part in a panel discussion with playwright/performer Ann Blake, Emilie Pine, Niall MacMonagle and Mary Coll, following The Morning After The Life Before at the Belltable, Saturday 23rd February. Click here for tickets.



In addition to having done her MA thesis on Kate O’Brien at NUIG, Mary is a poet, playwright and broadcaster from Limerick.

The first female editor of The Stony Thursday Book, her publications include All Things Considered (Salmon 2002) and Silver ( Arlen House 2018). She has made numerous contributions to Arts and Culture programmes on RTE Radio One, RTE Lyric FM, and RTE Televsion, and has worked as a critic for The Irish Independent and other national newspapers. Stage productions of Excess Baggage (2007) and Anything But Love (2010) were produced at The Belltable Arts Centre Limerick. Other work includes radio plays commissioned by RTE Drama On One, lyrics for the Choral Work ‘Spirestone’ and two award winning art song cycles in association with the Limerick composer Fiona Linnane, and a new play Diamond Rocks: Sunset, commissioned by The Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.

Mary Coll will take part in a panel discussion with playwright/performer Ann Blake, Emilie Pine, Niall MacMonagle and RTE producer Paula Shields, following The Morning After The Life Before at the Belltable, Saturday 23rd February. Click here for tickets.


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