Press Release Festival 2013
2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
3rd-8th September 2013
Various venues around Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum
Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney and Charlie Higson to headline 2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
We in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are delighted to announce the lineup for the 2013 festival. Opening the festival will be the multi awarding winning Margaret Atwood who will read from the third book in her dystopian triology MaddAddam; Seamus Heaney is making a welcome return to the Poetry Now strand of the festival and Charlie Higson of the Fast Show will thrill younger audiences with his latest installment of zombie horror.
Drawing inspiration from The Gathering, there is a strong theme of family and personal memoir running through the 2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival.
A multitude of familial relationships is explored through the work of our visiting writers from Téa Obreht’s endearing grandfather/granddaughter relationship to Kevin Maher’s richly observed Goatstown siblings to the return of Roddy Doyle’s much loved Rabbitte family. Fathers come under the spotlight in work by Julia O’Faolain, Blake Morrison, AL Kennedy and in newcomer Ross Skelton’s compelling memoir Eden Halt.
Actual families will be with us in the form of Colum McCann who will deliver the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival’s keynote address with his father the former journalist Sean McCann. Husband and wife team Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley will appear in separate events to discuss their fiction projects The festival will conclude with a thought provoking, sometimes funny, sometimes sad discussion between Tommy Tiernan and Michael Harding.
Poetry Now programme presents a number of ‘conversations’ about poetry. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Stanford Professor Eavan Boland, and American poet and one-time Vietnam War conscientious objector John Balaban will all be in conversation about their work, their vocation and lives in poetry. These sessions promise to be a real treat for all poetry lovers.
We will also be joined by English poet David Harsent, Mary O’Donnell and Holland’s Poet Laureate Anne Vegter, American born Jane Yeh who will read with last year’s Irish Times Poetry Award winner, Michael Longley.
The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival’s Family and Teen programme remains the biggest and most diverse event of its kind in the country and will provide children and young adults with a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with some of the biggest names in international children’s fiction, including Charlie Higson, Patrick Ness, Liz Pichon (Tom Gates) and Philip Ardagh. We’re also delighted to be featuring a wealth of home-grown talent, including long-running friends of the festival such as Derek Landy, Niamh Sharkey and Judi Curtin.
Participation is key and children can get really hands-on at our hugely popular Picture Book Picnic with Chris Judge and his Brave Beast, Gabriel Rosenstock and local children’s super-choir, The SuperTones. While at The Dahl Factor comics, writers and and actors will present their favourite Dahl moments to be judged by a panel of Dahl experts all under the age of 12!
The Family and Teen programme is completed by an impressive line-up of workshops for young people who are interested in writing and illustration, featuring Beano cartoonist, Gary Northfield and acclaimed teen author, Phil Earle, along with local favourites Steve ‘Deadly’ Simpson and Deirdre ‘Spooky’ Sullivan.
For a full listing of all events and booking details please go to www.mountainstosea.ie
Or contact the Booking Office, Pavilion Theatre 01 231 2929 or www.paviliontheatre.ie
Bookings open on 25th July 2013
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