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 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 for Dundalk Book Festival will also include some of the country’s finest women writers: Christine Dwyer-Hickey, Claudia Carroll, Catherine Dunne and Jaki McCarrick.
The celebrated crime writers are: Declan Burke, Niamh O’Connor and Declan Hughes.
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.
Among the highlights are two major events at An Tain.
Irish Crime Writers Niamh O’Connor, Declan Hughes and Declan Burke will be interviewed and will read from their work from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday. Your host will be Gerry Kelly of LMFM. That evening, best-selling novelists Christine Dwyer-Hickey, Claudia Carroll and Catherine Dunne take the stage from 7 to 9pm to read from their books, and participate in an audience Q and A in an informal interview set-up with host Tom Muckian of Carroll’s bookshop.
These events are all ticket: 6 euro for one event 10 euro for both.