Tell me What I Am
In Conversation with Louise Kennedy
Wednesday 05 July | 6:30pm

Tell Me What I Am is Una Mannion’s second book. Her debut novel, A Crooked Tree, published in 2021, was nominated for the Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the year and The Dalkey Emerging Writer prize, and it was the winner of the 2022 Kate O’Brien Prize. She has won numerous awards for her short fiction and poetry including The Hennessy New Irish Writing Poetry Award, The Cúirt International Short Fiction Award and Doolin short story prize. She edits The Cormorant, curates The Word, in collaboration with Sligo Library and teaches on the Literature programme at Atlantic Technological University.

Una will be in conversation with Sligo based award winning author of Trespasses and The End of the World is a Cul de Sac, Louise Kennedy.

Travellers in Literary history
Fri 07 July | 6:30pm

Author and activist Dr. Rosaleen McDonagh will present a reading from recent work looking at the Traveller characters that wander across the pages and stages of the State.

As a work in progress, McDonagh responds to the writing of for example Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde, James Stephens and John Millington Synge. Writers who have utilised or explored the themes and anxieties towards Travellers which have been constructed from non-Traveller perspectives. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Rosaleen, hosted by writer Michael Harding.

Throughout the festival the Public Library will host a reference shelf of books relating to Irish Travellers.

This event is part of the Hereditas programme.

These events are FREE, no booking required.