Anne Griffin’s debut novel When All is Said, spent 5 weeks in the number 1 bestseller list this year. She began writing in 2013 and has received the John McGahern Award for Literature. Anne’s short stories have been shortlisted for both the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards and the Sunday Business …Read More..
Welcome to the Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival Website
The 2019 Festival will take place from the 1 - 6 October
The sixteenth annual Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival takes place from 1 – 6 October 2019. From its first event in November 2004, the Festival has grown into a much loved and warmly anticipated event in the autumn literary calendar.
We bring together writers and readers, nurturing and celebrating creative expression. Our programme offers something for readers and writers of all ages and includes poetry, prose, memoir, journalism, drama, music, and performance. We have some of the most exciting (upcoming and established) writers and poets taking part in this year’s festival. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2019 Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival.
WRITERS and artists 2019
Joseph O'Connor is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and broadcaster. He is the author of nine novels including Star of the Sea, Ghost Light and his latest, Shadowplay. Among his awards are the Prix Zepter for European Novel of the Year, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, an American Library Association Award and the Irish Pen Award for Outstanding …Read More..
Paul McNamara was the 2018 Dromineer Nenagh Literary festival Writer in Residence. During his time at the festival he began writing the poetry play Hello My Name is Single which would go on the win the 2019 Limerick Fringe Spirit of the Fringe Award. His poetry show Quarter Life Crises …Read More..
Edel Coffey is an arts journalist and broadcaster. She is a regular interviewer at literary festivals around Ireland, including Mountains to Sea, International Literary Festival Dublin and Cúirt. She is a regular stand-in presenter for Arena, RTÉ Radio One's nightly arts show. Edel Coffey will be in conversation with Donal Ryan and Jane Clarke at Nenagh Arts Centre …Read More..
Jackie Gorman is a poet who has been published in a number of journals including Poetry Ireland Review, The Lonely Crowd and The Honest Ulsterman. She was part of the 2017 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and won the 2017 Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award. She recently completed a Masters …Read More..
Paula Shields has been an arts journalist in London since the 1990s. She has worked in print, TV and now in radio on Arena, RTÉ’s flagship arts show. Highlights of Paula Shield’s career include an interview with Margaret Atwood, making the IFTA award-winning documentary Fairytale of New York, and judging …Read More..
Robert Gogan is passionate about James Joyce’s Ulysses and works to encourage others to enjoy the book as much as he does. Robert is a comic performer and invites you to his one man show Strolling Through Ulysses! The show will guide you through the curious events and quirky characters of Ulysses, in a humorous, entertaining …Read More..
Grace Wilentz is a poet based in the Liberties, Dublin. Her poetry has appeared in Irish, British and American journals including Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, The Seneca Review, The American Poetry Journal, The Harvard Advocate, Magma, and The Irish Times. Her work has featured as part of a public artwork …Read More..
Maggie Wadey is a novelist and screenwriter. Her mother was born in Puckane, County Tipperary, while her father was English. Much of her childhood was spent abroad, in Egypt, Cyprus and Malaya. Her first novel Sleight of Heart was published in 1975 and she has since had a career writing for television, both original screenplays and adaptations, including Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. In …Read More..
Siobhan Mac Mahon is a poet and performer with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. She has been writing and performing her poetry for many years in England, Ireland and across Europe. Siobhan won the WOMAD Festival poetry slam in 2017 and was poet in residence for The International Permaculture Conference in 2016. She has been published both online and in …Read More..
Rick O’Shea has been a broadcaster with RTÉ since 2001, previously on RTÉ 2FM and as a presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s The Poetry Programme. He currently presents weekday mornings on RTÉ Gold. He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club (Ireland’s largest with over 26,000 members), hosts events and public interviews at book festivals all …Read More..
Jane Clarke's first collection, The River, was published in 2015 to public and critical acclaim. Her second collection, When the Tree Falls will be published in September 2019 and her illustrated poems, All the Way Home, was published in April 2019. The River was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje …Read More..
Pete Mullineaux lives in Galway and works nationally teaching global issues through poetry and drama. He’s published four poetry collections: Zen Traffic Lights (Lapwing 2005) A Father’s Day (Salmon 2008) Session (Salmon 2011) and How to Bake a Planet (Salmon 2016). He’s also had several plays produced by RTE radio. …Read More..
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was born in New York, grew up in Dublin and lives in Limerick where she works as an academic. She says she wrote fiction constantly as a child and her novels have been published since 2013. Sarah’s work has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the CBI Book of …Read More..
Join the Festival Committee and hear local poet, Paddy Moran, read from his new collection, Reckonings, at this year's Festival Launch. Hear about programme highlights and meet other book enthusiasts. Paddy Moran was born in Templetuohy, County Tipperary, where he still lives with his wife and family. He has won the Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry …Read More..
Poet John W. Sexton is this year's Festival Writer in Residence. He has worked with local groups gathering stories and turning them into performance pieces to be premiered on Saturday 5 October at Lough Derg Yacht Club. For Culture Night, on 20th September in the Steeples Cafe, John will present his own …Read More..
Niamh Boyce was named Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of The Year in 2012 for her critically acclaimed debut novel The Herbalist, which also won Debut of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was nominated for an IMPAC Award. Inside the Wolf, her poetry collection was released in …Read More..
Eoin Warner is a native of West Cork who is fascinated by nature and the outdoors. He presented the recent wildlife documentary Éire Fhiáin–An Cósta Thiar and a Wild Irish Year. Éire Fhiáin won best programme and Eoin was best presenter at the 2018 TG4 awards. Eoin has travelled extensively, …Read More..
Danny Grace is a retired secondary school teacher who has written and spoken extensively on the history of County Tipperary. He has published books on the parish of Monsea & Killodiernan, the Famine in Nenagh Poor Law Union and more recently, the Centenary History of Kiladangan GAA Club. He is a regular contributor of articles …Read More..
Siobhán McSweeney is originally from Cork and holds a BSc from UCC. She studied acting at Central School of Speech & Drama, London, and Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris. She has worked at the Abbey Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, and Royal Exchange. Her film and tv work …Read More..
Graham Tugwell is an Irish writer and performer. His work has been published across five continents and has been adapted for stage, radio and screen. He is the creator and writer of audio drama podcast Down Below the Reservoir. He lives in the country with his cats, Tiramisu and Banoffee. Graham …Read More..
Eleanor Hooker is a poet and writer. She has published two poetry collections with Dedalus Press: A Tug of Blue (2016); The Shadow Owner’s Companion (2012). Her third collection, Mending the Light, will be published in 2020. She’s working to complete a novel. Eleanor holds an MPhil in Creative Writing from …Read More..
Dublin-born poet Geraldine Mitchell has lived on the coast of County Mayo, looking out on Clare Island, for almost twenty years and this wild landscape inhabits her poems. Geraldine won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and has since won further awards and published three collections with Arlen House: World Without Maps, …Read More..
John Boyne is the author of eleven novels for adults and six novels for younger readers. His books have been published in over 50 languages. He is perhaps best known for his 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was adapted for film.John will be in conversation at Nenagh …Read More..
Manchán Magan is an Irish writer, traveller and documentary maker. He has made over 30 travel documentaries focusing on issues of world cultures and globalisation. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times and reports on travel for various radio programmes. …Read More..
Donal Ryan is the author of four bestselling novels and a short story collection. He has won numerous awards, among them the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award, and three Irish Book Awards. He was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for his debut, …Read More..
Moya Roddy’s debut collection Out of the Ordinary was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award 2018. She was also shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2017. Rita Ann Higgins called her poems “stunning and memorable’ and they have been been published in the Irish Times, Crannog, Stoney Thursday, Boyne Berries and Poeming …Read More..
Rosita Boland is a senior features writer at the Irish Times, specialising in human-interest stories. She was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She won ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the 2018 Newsbrands Ireland journalism awards. Rosita has recently published Elsewhere, a collection …Read More..
Lisa Harding is an actress, playwright and author. She has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, the Lyric, the Royal Court and on RTÉ. Her short stories have been widely published and anthologised and she was a winner in the inaugural Doolin Writers’ Weekend in 2014. Harvesting was her first novel. It won …Read More..
Dylan Rooney is a baritone from Nenagh. He has recently completed a BA in Music Performance (Vocal Studies) at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tuition of Virginia Kerr. He has achieved multiple awards and bursaries, as a prize winner in several competitions throughout Feiseanna. Dylan was featured vocalist …Read More..
Gráinne Higgins began playing cello at the age of nine as a pupil of Tara Lee Byrne at the Munster Music Academy in Killaloe. She is currently studying with Christopher Marwood at The Cork School of Music. She has just completed her Leaving Certificate and is looking forward to continuing her cello studies at CSM …Read More..
A SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Maurice and Maire Foley
Dr Christine O’Malley
Mark and Liadhan Hassett
John and Fedelma Tierney
Dr Pat and Mareta Harrold
Dennis Ryan and Eta O’Brien
Jim and Noreen O’Sullivan Rocky’s Bar
Jacques Lumbroso Echo IT Donal Bray
Nenagh Credit Union
David Peters Kennedy and Valette Insurance
Dearbhla and Colm Chadwick
Donal and Marie Whelan
Charles Stanley Smith and Elizabeth McGrath
Oscar Wilde Water
Denis and Dorothy Finnerty
Alan Kelly T.D.
The Thatched Cottage
The Whiskey Still
Loc8 Code: L70-74-M12 (Lough Derg Yacht Club).
GPS Coordinates: 52.925917,-8.275806
The nearest railway stations to Dromineer are Nenagh (limited service), Thurles and Limerick. Rail information: www.irishrail.ie
To get to Dromineer leave the M7 at EXIT 26 and follow the GREEN signs for the N52, signposted ‘Tullamore, Borrisokane, Nenagh’. Continue through a number of roundabouts on the N52 to the Dromineer Road Roundabout where you take the first exit onto the R495 signposted ‘Dromineer, Ballycommon, Lough Derg’. The N52 is a ring road around Nenagh so there is no need to enter the town centre.
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