Hinterland Literature & Arts Festival returns to Kells

Published: 13 Jun 2019

The Hinterland Literature & Arts Festival is back with another stellar line up of guests.  The heritage town of Kells will play host to 50 events over four days including some of Ireland’s leading authors including John Boyne (My Brother’s Name is Jessica), Liz Nugent (Skin Deep), Sinead Gleeson (Constellations) & Hugo Hamilton (The Speckled People).

History and politics always form core strands at this litfest. This year renowned TV and print journalist Paul Mason will decode Brexit, the financial crisis and the assault of neo-liberalism.  Luke Harding, the longtime Guardian Moscow correspondent, will be tracing the golden thread that links Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

With 12 years left to get to grips with climate change scientist Luke O’Neill will remind us why we are in the ‘middle of an extinction event’ and RTE’s Philip Boucher-Hayes will explain why the media is so bad at handling the biggest issue facing humanity.

Other highlights include two exciting new British talents in Christy Lefteri (The Beekeeper of Aleppo) and Stacy Halls (The Familiars); Channel 4 Countdown presenter and former BBC Apprentice sidekick Nick Hewer will talk about life before and after Lord Sugar and legendary artist Jim Fitzpatrick who’s known worldwide as the creator of that iconic image of Che Guevara.

Hinterland also has plenty of activities for children & teenagers. On Saturday afternoon the streets of Kells will be dotted with clues in the Roald Dahl Treasure Hunt.  Comedian Jason Byrne & illustrator Oisin McGann will be making magic with Onion O’Brien.  There will also be a workshop recreating some Marvellous Medicines, map making & a Harry Potter Table Quiz.  

Capping off a wonderful four-day festival is the unique Litcrawl – a literary pop up with readings, poetry and drama where venues are side by side allowing people to stroll between them – and it’s free!

Hinterland will be officially launched at 7pm this Friday in the newly renovated Courthouse in Kells by retired High Court Judge Bryan McMahon.  On the night, broadcaster & historian Myles Dungan, Hinterland programme director, will launch his latest book, The White House – with all royalties going towards the festival.


For tickets and programme info: hinterland.ie

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