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Poet Geraldine Mitchell

Geraldine Mitchell

Opening Event: "Literature is Dead. Long Live Literature."

Books@One

Thursday 17th August 7.00pm

€5

Geraldine Mitchell was born in Dublin and, after twenty years away from Ireland, settled on the Mayo coast west of Louisburgh. In 2008 she won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and she has since published three collections of poetry with Arlen House: World Without Maps, Of Birds and Bones, and, most recently Mountains for Breakfast, which was launched by Michael Longley in March 2017. She has also written two novels for young people and the biography of Muriel Gahan, Deeds Not Words.

 
 

Marian Kilcoyne

Opening Event: "Literature is Dead. Long Live Literature."

Books@One

Thursday 17th August 7.00pm

€5

Writer Marian Kilcoyne

Writer and poet Marian Kilcoyne has many strings to her bow. She has taught at senior level, worked in education and management for an AIDS organisation and reviewed fiction and non-fiction in the national press. She studied at the universities of Maynooth and Galway and, more recently, GMIT. In 2013 she attended the Seamus Heaney Centre Summer School in Belfast. Marian’s poetry has been widely published in Ireland as well as in the US, Mexico, South Africa, Austria and the UK. Marian lives with her family in Killadoon.

 
Young Adult Writer Caroline Healy

Caroline Healy

Opening Event: "Literature is Dead. Long Live Literature."

Books@One

Thursday 17th August 7.00pm

€5

Workshop: Writing & Design 

Books@One

Saturday 19th August 3.00 to 4.00 pm

Free Event for 8 to 12 yr olds 

Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University. She alternates her time between procrastination and making art.

In 2012 her award winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,The Bohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice. Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water.

 

Amanda Bell

Event:  Reading from "The Lost Library Book" 

                                               Louisburgh Library

Friday 18th August 2.00 to 4.00pm

Free Event  for 4 to 10 yr olds

Novelist Amanda Bell, The Lost Library Book

This will have been a busy couple of years for Amanda Bell. A freelance editor based in Dublin, with a Masters in Poetry Studies from DCU, her collection of haibun, (a literary form combining prose and haiku), Crosscurrents, came out in 2016. Earlier this year her beautifully produced children’s book, The Lost Library Book, was launched in Marsh’s Library, Dublin, where the intrigue is set. And later this year her debut collection of poetry, First the Feathers, will appear from Doire Press. She has figured on many prize lists and her critical writing is published widely in journals and essay collections. Amanda is a frequent visitor to Mayo.  

 
Biographer Anne Chambers Granuaile Grace O'Malley Pirate Queen

Anne Chambers

Event:  'Writing Biography - The Artist Under Oath' 

                Followed by a Q&A session

Books@One

Friday 18th August 5.00pm

€5

Author of eight biographies, including the best-selling Granuaile – Grace O’Malley – Ireland’s Pirate Queen, an historical novel, a collection of short stories, film and TV screenplays, Anne lectures and has been interviewed worldwide about her work. Her books have been the subject of TV and Radio documentaries for Discovery, The Learning Channel, Travel Channel, ABC Australia, RTE, Lyric FM and BBC and have been translated and published in many countries. Her short film COMING HOME a drama about breast cancer awareness was broadcast on RTE. She was short-listed for the Irish Book Awards for her biographies Eleanor Countess of Desmond in 1987 and TK Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot in 2014 and for short stories in the 2004 Hennessey Literary Awards. Her latest biography The Great Leviathan – The Life and Letters of Howe Peter Browne 2nd Marquess of Sligo (1788-1845) will be published this autumn. She holds a MA in History from the National University of Ireland.

 

Caroline Preston

Event:  Interview with Local Historian, John Lyons 

                                               Upstairs Gallery at Solas

Saturday 19th August 5.00pm

€5

Caroline Preston

Caroline Preston was born into an Irish family with a long military tradition. Sent to an English boarding school “which she hated with a passion”, Caroline very happily returned to Ireland to study history and  political science at Trinity College Dublin, followed by a long and successful career in law. Caroline now practises as an independent mediator and lives in Co. Meath. When not breeding horses on her husband’s family farm, she chairs St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, the Dublin hospital founded by Jonathan Swift in 1746. She is also schools’ inspector for the Street Child charity in Sierra Leone. This Tumult is her first novel.

 
Elizabth (EM) Reapy Red Dirt
Elizabeth (E.M.) Reapy

Event: Mike & Elizabeth - One Year On

The Derrylahan

Saturday 19th August 7.30pm

€5

Elizabeth Reapy’s debut novel Red Dirt took the reading world by storm last year, winning the Newcomer of the Year category in the 2016 Irish Book Awards.  She was also shortlisted for the 2017 Kate O’Brien Award. Elizabeth is a Mayo woman, from Claremorris, and is one of an impressive cohort of successful new young Irish female writers. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University and has been much praised for the workshops she gives in writing fiction. She is currently working on her second novel.

 

Mike McCormack

Event: Mike & Elizabeth - One Year On

The Derrylahan

Saturday 19th August 7.30pm

€5

Man Booker Prize 2017 Nominee Mike McCormack Solar Bones

In Louisburgh we are proud to claim Man Booker Prize 2017 nominee, Mike McCormack as our own. An award-winning novelist and short story writer, Mike’s previous work includes Getting it in the Head, Crowe’s Requiem, Notes from a Coma – shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award – and Forensic Songs. His most recent novel, Solar Bones, published by Tramp Press in 2016, has been a runaway success. It was voted Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2106, as well as winning the much coveted Goldsmith Prize and the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year Award. Mike won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1996 and in 2007 he was chosen for a Civitella Raneiri Fellowship.

 
Kieran Cooke former BBC and Financial Times Corespondent
Kieran Cooke

Event: Legends of Louisburgh

Books@One

Sunday 20th August 3.30pm

Admission Free

Kieran Cooke is a former foreign correspondent for both the BBC and the Financial Times, and continues to contribute to the BBC and various newspapers and radio networks. He has been based in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Greece and Ireland, and has also worked as a press officer at the United Nations in New York. In recent years he has recycled himself to focus on environmental issues and at present is involved in reporting on environmental problems in the Middle East. Kieran is a veteran of several environmental expeditions and has spent time in the Arctic and in the Amazon. He also mentors and teaches journalists in the developing world.