To celebrate our ten years in the Dingle Bookshop there’ll be three performances of Mike Venner’s hilarious mini play Bookworms: Friday 28 1 pm; Saturday 29 2.30; Monday 1 May 1.30.  All free.

27th April 6 pm: Professor Luke O’Neill


Luke O’Neill is Professor of Biochemistry, Trinity College Dublin, where he leads an 18 member research team working on the molecular basis of inflammation and inflammatory diseases. He is a world authority on innate immunity, which lies at the heart of inflammation.
Luke will be interviewed by Muireann Kelleher, director of marketing & strategic planning at Glanbia.

28 April 6 pm: Jess Kidd and Rory Gleeson

Two of Ireland’s most acclaimed young writers discuss their debut novels, both set in the west of Ireland.  Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo, and plans to settle somewhere along the west coast of Ireland in the next few years.  She  won the Costa Short Story Award for Dirty Little Fishes in 2016.

Of her novel Himself the Guardian wrote ‘Diabolical deeds, ferociously kept secrets, black humour and magical realism abound in Jess Kidd’s richly textured, thronging debut . . . Kidd has imagination to die for and a real command of plot and character”

Rory Gleeson was born in Dublin in 1989. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, and went on to earn degrees from Oxford, the University of Manchester, and UEA. His first novel is Rockadoon Shore

‘Crackling with wit and fine writing, this distinctive debut novel gives us a 360-degree perspective on the anxieties, self doubts and fissures within the group as underlying tensions inevitably rise to the surface. An exuberant dispatch from the front line of youthful narcissism and despair’ Mail on Sunday

29th April 1 pm: Shane Hegarty

Hegarty’s humorous Darkmouth sagas featuring the inept but likeable Finn are massive best sellers in Ireland and have been published in over a dozen languages.  Chaos Descends, the third book in the sequence is out in April, following Darkmouth: Worlds Explode and the debut, Darkmouth – It’s about To Get Legendary.

30th April 1.30 pm: Jessie Lendennie

Jessie Lendennie is a founding editor of The Salmon International Literary Journal (1981) and Salmon Publishing (1984). Since 1985 she has run Salmon as its editor and managing director, commissioning, editing, and publishing over 450 books of poetry and literary nonfiction.
Salmon’s list has been acclaimed for the breadth and ambition of its work in contemporary poetry. She will talk about her career and her latest publication, Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry. She is currently working on a memoir To Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky

30th April 6 pm: Lifetimes

Join Brian McGuire and Colm Jones for a semi-acoustic performance, a blend of narrative, song and blah, blah, blah performed by the composers.

The song cycle is based on the concept of the arc of life of a typical Irish baby boomer, starting from very early on – ‘Floating around in my mother’s womb, I was long on love but short on room, childhood – trí seachtaine sa Ghaeltacht, the Modh Coinniollach meets the Prodigal Son, first love, getting a job, marriage, parenthood, and finally just ‘before the lights go out’…

1st May 12.00 pm: Michael McCaughan

Michael McCaughan is a writer, researcher and broadcaster who has lived and worked in Latin America for almost three decades.

He has published regularly with the Irish Times, the Guardian and other media and is a frequent contributor to RTE Radio. McCaughan has lived in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela.  His latest book, Coming Home: One Man’s Return to the Irish Language (Gill 2017), tells the story of Ireland’s complicated relationship with its first language, an Ghaeilge.

1st May  14.00: TEARS OF THE SELKIE

For children 4 – 6

There was once a fisherman who was very lonely.But one night he found a miraculous woman at the beach dancing brightly and obliviously in the moonlight….An old Irish tale about finding and losing children and about how we must all go away sometimes so as not to forget to dance and dream.

A puppet play narrated by Susan Ahrens, with music by Eoin Duignan

AND…celebrating our ten years in the Dingle Bookshop –

look out for pop up performances of Mike Venner’s hilarious play Bookworms throughout the festival.  Times will be on the website.

For literary events in other venues and the rest of the programme see www.feilenabealtaine.ie