I spent a wonderful weekend of songs, stories and laughter in Kells at the Hay Festival Kells. The heritage town was filled with writers, musicians and artists, including Hanif Kureishi. We strolled around town together, discussing the Book of Kells, medieval round towers, Brehon laws, and Cromwell. I don’t have many claims to fame, but I can […]Read more "making hay in kells all weekend"
Poet Patrick Deeley has written a beautiful memoir about growing up in East Galway. The Hurley Maker’s Son has been hailed for its evocative prose, and for its moving celebration of life in rural Ireland in the 1960s. As a child, Deeley was something of a misfit in his family: a loner, a dreamer, and […] […]Read more "The Dream Against The Deed"
From the sister site: The historic Irish town of Kells — as in The Book of Kells, which might not have been written in Kells, and isn’t actually in Kells anymore, but no matter — will play host to some of the world’s finest writers this coming weekend during the Hay Festival Kells. The line-up […]Read more "Making Hay in Kells"
Ahkil Sharma’s novel Family Life has won the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the richest annual prize in literature. He was presented with a crystal trophy and a cheque for 100,000 euros by the Lord Mayor at a lavish ceremony at the Mansion House in Dublin. How lavish? Very. Smartly-dressed servers moved through the crowd offering hors […]Read more "Family Life Wins International DUBLIN Literary Award"
Sad news this morning of the death of Muhammad Ali. The sports icon was 74 and had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for many years. Ali, formerly Cassius Clay (aka ‘The Louisville Lip’) was considered the greatest boxer of all time, as well as a flamboyant and controversial figure. Here is a review I wrote […]Read more "RIP Muhammad Ali"
The four-day programme begins on Thursday, June 23rd.Read more "Hay Festival Kells"
At the International Literature Festival Dublin last week, Lucy Caldwell and Anakana Schofield read from and discussed their work. Click on the link to read my report. Source: Niall McArdle on Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell You can listen to my brief interview with Anakana Schofield following the event:Read more "Niall McArdle on Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell"