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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 Pigeons (USA) among others. Moya’s novel The Long Way Home was described as “simply brilliant” in the Irish Times; her short story collection Other People was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She also writes for television and film.
Moya will be opening the festival this year, reading her poetry alongside Pete Mullineaux , in the Wine Buff, Nenagh, on Tuesday 1 October.
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. Pete’s been interviewed about his work on RTE’s Arena programme and published widely internationally. His work has been described by various reviewers as ‘sensitive and profound’ ‘gorgeous and resonant’ and ‘grimly funny’, while stylistic comparisons have been made with Roger McGough, John Clare, Pete Seeger and John Cooper Clarke.
Pete will be opening the festival this year, reading his poetry alongside Moya Roddy, in the Wine Buff, Nenagh, on Tuesday 1 October.
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. He lives in an oak forest in a self-made hovel in the bogs of Ireland.
Manchán Magan will be in conversation with Rosita Boland at Nenagh Arts Centre on Wednesday 2 October.
Rosita Boland is a senior features writer at the Irish Times, specializing 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 of essays that is a distillation of thirty years of worldwide travel diaries and memorabilia.
Rosita Boland will be in conversation with Manchán Magan at Nenagh Arts Centre on Wednesday 2 October.
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 Achievement in Literature. His work has been translated into forty languages. In 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
Joseph O’Connor will be will be in conversation at Nenagh Arts Centre on Thursday 3 October with Paula Shields.
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 the 2017 and 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards.
Paula Shields will be in conversation with novelist Joseph O’Connor at Nenagh Arts Centre on Thursday 3 October.
Maggie Wadey is a novelist and screenwriter. Her mother was born in Puckaun, County Tipperary, while her father was English. She lived
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 2016 she published The English Daughter, a work she describes as a memoir of her mother and of Ireland. She has just completed a collection of inter-connected stories Eros in Blue.
Maggie Wadey will be reading from her work and in conversation with local historian, Danny Grace, at Nenagh Heritage Centre on Friday 4 October.
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 Post Short Story Award.
Anne will be in conversation at Nenagh Arts Centre on Friday 4 October with John Boyne and Rick O’Shea.
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 displayed on the facade of the Abbey Theatre. Her debut pamphlet, Holding Distance, will be launched by the Green Bottle Press at the Poetry Book Society in London in October 2019.
Grace Wilentz will be reading her poetry at Nenagh Arts Centre, prior to the conversation with Anne Griffin, John Boyne and Rick O’Shea on Friday 4 October
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 Arts Centre on Friday 4 October with Anne Griffin and Rick O’Shea.