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Rolling Sun Book Festival

November 16, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Free - €35

Stellar line up for Rolling Sun Book Festival
Mark Little * Jim Sheridan * Sally Rooney * Rick O’Shea * Sinead Crowley

Westport’s Rolling Sun Book Festival (16-19 November) brings yet more household names to light up mid-November. From media mogul Mark Little to film maker Jim Sheridan and anthologist Niall MacMonagle to author Paul Perry, the line up promises some exceptional events. The Rolling Sun Book Festival begins on Thursday 16th November and concludes with a live recording of RTE’s Sunday Miscellany on Sunday 19th November.

Fake news and trumpery
This intriguing evening includes the premiere of a short film ‘11th Hour’ by Jim Sheridan of My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father and The Field fame, and journalist Lise Hand followed by an interview with this inimitable pair. They will then be joined by Mark Little, Larry Donnelly and Áine Kerr which will encompass the prevalence and impact of fake news across traditional and social media, plus the Donald Trump effect on media. The event continues in the Clew Bay Hotel with music from Coda, a delicious meal and no doubt much discussion and debate. The title “11th Hour – Movie, Debate, Music and Food” encompasses the offering.

Mark Little was an award winning foreign correspondent, founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, and was most recently Twitter’s VP of media partnerships in Europe. He is currently CEO and co-founder of news experience business Neva Labs with Áine Kerr who has an impressive background in news and political journalism, she spent five years at Storyful and most recently worked with Facebook leading global journalism partnerships. Professor Larry Donnelly is a familiar voice on the airwaves, a Boston born attorney who is Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education in the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Bucket List Books with Rick O’Shea
RTE’s Rick O’Shea runs the country’s biggest bookclub with 10,000 members and set himself a challenge two years ago to read a book a week. The man knows what he’s talking about when it comes to enjoyable books. He will host an entertaining discussion on must-read books with anthologist and broadcaster Niall Mac MacMonagle and young Castlebar-born author Sally Rooney whose debut novel ‘Conversations with Friends’ burst onto the literary scene earlier this year. It is the November Irish Times Book Club choice and has been shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Eireann (BGE) Irish Book Awards. Niall, who once taught Graham Norton, is a familiar voice on radio, discussing all manner of book related matters and especially things related to Jane Austen whose 200th anniversary falls this year.  Bookclub members, avid readers and anyone who wants a good steer on what to read next should make sure of their seats. Bucket List Books takes place in Westport Town Hall Theatre on Saturday night.

Armchair Thrillers – crime on the couch
The traditional ‘on the couch’ event takes on a new perspective this year as all participants are crime writers. Jane Casey, Paul Perry and Sinéad Crowley are also all nominees for this year’s BGE Irish Book Awards. All three go head to head in the Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year category – Jane Casey (Let the Dead Speak), Sinéad Crowley (One Bad Turn), and Paul Perry, cunningly disguised as Karen Perry (Can You Keep a Secret). Paul Perry has won numerous awards for both poetry and fiction and is Creative Writing Fellow at UCD; he writes best selling thrillers together with Karen Gillece under the penname Karen Perry. Paul is also presenting a workshop for writers at the festival (see below). Armchair Thrillers takes place at the Clew Bay Hotel on Saturday afternoon, and as always, a cuppa is included in the admission price.

Sunday Miscellany – live recording
The Rolling Sun Book Festival is thrilled to welcome Sunday Miscellany back and this time to a bigger venue, the Westport Town Hall Theatre. For almost 50 years, Sunday morning has meant Sunday Miscellany. Reportage, appreciations, memory pieces, poetry, travel writing and personal accounts of events and happenings are all the stuff of the programme. This promises to be a magical morning of diverse readings from great writers and a varied and entertaining line-up of live music. Two ‘warnings’ come with this event – book in advance and be early or they won’t let you in!

Free for all – writers workshop, school visit and openings
As always the programme contains some attractive free events including a workshop on Applying for Literature Bursaries and Grants” with Paul Perry at the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday morning.  Also on the educational theme, anthologist, teacher and broadcaster Niall MacMonagle presents a schools event on Friday morning.

The Custom House Studios hosts a lecture by UCD Art Historian Dr. Roisín Kennedy on Art in the West on Thursday at 6.30pm followed by the launch of a new book by photographer Conor McKeown. This is a collection of portraits entitled ‘Meet the People’ and is part of the Westport 250 celebrations.

The Green Fuse Gallery is the place to be on Friday at 5pm for the opening of an exhibition called ‘Mind Has Mountains’ based on a poetry collection by Geraldine Mitchell. The artists are Aoife Casby, Mags Duffy, Lisa Molina and Jane Williams. Geraldine will read from her book ‘Mountains for Breakfast’ on Saturday at 2pm in the same venue.

Book Now
All the information you need is on the website www.rollingsunbookfestival.com and bookings are through the Clew Bay Hotel (098 28088). People were disappointed when they turned up at the door last year and couldn’t get in to some of the events – you have been warned!

Art in the West In The Mid-20th Century
Lecture by UCD Art Historian Dr. Roisin Kennedy Venue: Custom House Studios
6.30pm FREE

‘Meet the People’ Westport 250: A Collection of Portraits
Book launch of an ongoing collection of portraits recording people in Westport
Author: Conor McKeown
Custom House Studios
7.30pm FREE

Schools Event ‘The Importance of Literature’ with teacher, anthologist and media personality Niall MacMonagle
Sacred Heart School

Exhibition Opening  ‘Mind Has Mountains’
Artists Aoife Casby, Mags Duffy, Lisa Molina and Jane Williams display artworks based on Geraldine Mitchell’s poetry collection, Mountains for Breakfast.
Green Fuse Gallery

11th Hour – Movie, Debate, Music and Food
Screening of short film ‘11th Hour’ by Jim Sheridan and Lise Hand followed by a discussion on the prevalence and impact of fake news on media with Jim Sheridan, Lise Hand, Mark Little, Áine Kerr and Larry Donnelly.
Westport Cinema
€35 including Festival Opening

Followed by Festival Opening with music and food with Coda singing group
Clew Bay Hotel
€35 including Movie and Debate

Workshop ‘Applying for Literature Bursaries and Grants’
With Paul Perry – poet, author, translator and artistic director of the Ennis Book Club Festival
Westport Town Hall Theatre
FREE (booking recommended)

Reading from ‘Mountains for Breakfast’
By poet Geraldine Mitchell
Green Fuse Gallery

Armchair Thrillers
On the couch with crime writers Sineád Crowley, Paul Perry and Jane Casey
Clew Bay Hotel
€15 (booking essential)

A Conversation: Bucket List Books
The ‘must reads’ from Rick O’Shea, Niall MacMonagle and Sally Rooney
Westport Town Hall Theatre
€15 (booking essential) Click here to book.

Sunday Miscellany with RTE
The much loved Sunday morning  broadcast of new writing, poetry and music. Live recording.
Westport Town Hall Theatre
€15 (booking essential) Click here to book.


November 16, 2017
November 19, 2017
Free - €35
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