DUNDALK will have its first book festival this Friday and Saturday. The event has been organised by Ferdia Mac Anna who has been writer-in residence at DkIT over the winter months.
It will be officially opened by acclaimed author and playwright Peter Sheridan, whose mother is from Dundalk.
The launch will take place at the Whittiker Theatre at DkIT at 1pm on Friday.
Then on Saturday 27 April Dundalk town centre will host a series of book festival events featuring readings and Q and As by well-known Irish crime novelists, Irish graphic novelists, poets, short story writers, memoirists and other performers.
The line-up is impressive: Christine Dwyer-Hickey, Claudia Carroll, Catherine Dunne and Jaki McCarrick.
The celebrated crime writers are: Declan Burke, Niamh O’Connor and Declan Hughes whose play Digging for Fire is currently being revived in Dublin.
Also appearing will be best-selling author, founder of Writing.ie and self-publishing guru Vanessa O’Loughlin.
The very successful children’s writer Sarah Webb will also take part in the festival.
Irish graphic novelists Tommie Kelly, Alan Nolan, Hilary Lawler, Patrick Brown and Rob Curley will be there and the magnificent, unpredictable and captivating foursome The Poetry Divas will perform along with local writers and performers. The writers will take part in interviews and talk-ins.
This is a festival not to be missed.