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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.
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
Paul McNamara was the 2018 Dromineer and 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 (2018) featured at Limerick Fringe, Galway Fringe and Galway Culture night and won the Galway Fringe Spoken Word Award. Paul is a two-time All-Ireland Spoken Word Slam Runner-up (2015, 2016), a former Munster Slam Champion (2016) and Yeats’ Tower Slam Champion (2016) and winner of Limerick’s Got Talent (2015). He work has been featured on TV3 and RTÉ Radio and published widely. He spent the past summer studying in Columbia University in New York City funded by an Erasmus+ Grant.
Paul McNamara will be leading workshops for local Transition Year students at Lough Derg Yacht Club on Friday 4 October. 9am-3pm
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 will be leading an interactive storytelling workshop, Greetings Heros! for young people aged 6-10 in Nenagh Library on Saturday 5 October.
Greetings Heroes! workshop involves inventing heroes, each with their own powers and abilities and creating adventure stories together. The children drive the action and no two sessions are ever alike.
Greetings Heroes! has been enjoyed by children, parents and teachers in schools, libraries and festivals around Ireland.
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 and informative manner.
Strolling Through Ulysses! will be performed by Robert Gogan at lunchtime on Saturday 5 October.
PLEASE NOTE: This show contains adult content and is not suitable for children.
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 in Poetry Studies at Dublin City University. Her first collection was published in May 2019 by UK publisher The Onslaught Press.
Jackie Gorman will be reading at Nenagh Arts Centre, prior to the conversation with Donal Ryan, Jane Clarke and Edel Coffey on Saturday 5 October.
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, always with a focus on wildlife. He is interested in the provenance of our food and the sustainability of its production. He grows most of his own vegetables and fruit, keeps honey-bees and forages for native plants and seaweeds.
Eoin Warner will be talking about what inspires him on board the Ku-Ee-Tu on Sunday 6 October, which sets out onto Lough Derg from Dromineer Harbour.