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 new work, An Ormond Aisling, inspired by his research of local pagan folklore and mythology.
This is a free event – no booking necessary
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 reading from his latest historical novel, Shadowplay, and in conversation with journalist, Paula Shields, about what inspires him to write. Jackie Gorman, an emerging poet, will start off the evening with a short reading from her debut collection.
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 (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). His 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
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 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 interconnected 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.
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 across the country, and has been the National Patron of Epilepsy Ireland since 2006.
He is also a Book Ambassador for Easons, compiling the “Sinead And Rick’s Must Reads” lists 4 times a year with writer Sinead Moriarty.
Rick has been curator of the Waterford Writers Weekend and was one of the judges for the 2018 Costa Book Awards in the UK.
Rick will be in conversation at Nenagh Arts Centre on Friday 4 October with Anne Griffin and John Boyne.
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.
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 on Saturday 5 October.
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 as a full-time student. She is a member of Limerick Symphony Orchestra and has performed in chamber and competitive settings too, most notably with Quartet an Ghleanna, under the direction of Katherine Hunka. She is also a current member of the Irish Youth Choir.
Gráinne Higgins will be playing her cello to accompany singer, Dylan Rooney, at Nenagh Castle, on Sunday 6 October.