Meet Ireland’s Best Writers & Artists: Hinterland Arts and Literature Festival 2024

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The Hinterland Arts and Literature Festival is set to return from June 27th to 30th, to Kells in Co. Meath, transforming the historic town into a literary and artistic hub.

This year’s festival promises an exceptional spread of events, featuring celebrated authors, insightful discussions, and creative workshops designed to inspire and engage attendees of all ages.

Speakers and Headline Events

The festival has an impressive lineup of notable speakers and events:

  • Arthur Mathews: Acclaimed co-creator of “Father Ted” and other notable works will discuss his career and creative journey on June 27th at 3:30 pm at the Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage.
  • Christy Mangan: Explore the world of crime-solving with “Cracking the Case: Inside the Mind of a Top Garda,” an intriguing session scheduled for June 28th at 5 pm at the Courthouse – Meath County Council Stage.
  • Anne Enright: Ireland’s renowned author will take the stage on June 29th at 6:30 pm at the Church of Ireland – The Jane Barrett Stage to share insights into her literary works, and her newest novel, The Wren, The Wren.
  • Leon Diop: Presenting “Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers, and Everyday Heroes,” this enlightening talk on June 29th at 5 pm at Eureka House – O’Brien’s Super Valu Stage celebrates the contributions and achievements of the Black Irish community.
  • Niall Quinn: Get into historical narratives with Niall Quinn as he discusses “Oscar Traynor” on June 30th at 3:30 pm at the Church of Ireland – The Jane Barrett Stage.
  • Judy Irving: The director will screen her celebrated film “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” on June 27th at 5 pm at Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage, followed by an engaging discussion.
  • Peter Taylor: An insightful presentation on “Operation Chiffon: The Secret Story of MI5 and MI6 and the Road to Peace in Ireland” is scheduled for June 29th at 5 pm at the Church of Ireland – The Jane Barrett Stage.
  • Sinéad Gleeson: On June 28th at 3:30 pm at Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage, Sinéad Gleeson will share her perspectives on writing and creativity, and will discuss her new writing direction: fiction.

Additional Highlights

Hinterland is designed to offer a comprehensive cultural experience, featuring a variety of activities and attractions:

  • Creative Workshops: Participants can engage in hands-on workshops covering a wide range of artistic disciplines, from writing and painting to dance and drama, fostering a collaborative and creative environment.
  • Family-Friendly Programs: Specially curated events for younger audiences include storytelling sessions, interactive art activities, and educational workshops aimed at sparking imagination and creativity in children.
  • Art Exhibitions: Attendees can explore art exhibitions showcasing the talents of local and international artists – a visual feast of creativity and innovation!
  • Film Screenings: The festival will feature a selection of thought-provoking films, with opportunities for attendees to engage in post-screening discussions with filmmakers and experts.

Ticketing and Pricing

Tickets for the Hinterland Festival can be purchased through the official Hinterland Festival website, with prices varying by event. Individual event tickets generally range from €10 to €20, while some special events may have higher prices. For those interested in multiple sessions, festival passes offer a comprehensive and cost-effective way to experience the full range of activities.

Hinterland is set to be a highlight of the summer, bringing together literary and artistic talents. With its rich program of events and activities, it promises to be an inspiring and engaging experience for all attendees. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this illuminating journey – book your tickets now and join the celebration in Kells.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the Hinterland Festival website.

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Julia Labedz
Julia Labedz
Julia has several years of experience as a writer and editor, working with independent clients as well as larger organizations. Prior to working for ITTN she was a marketing executive. She has both a BA and MFA in English with Creative Writing, with an extensive professional and creative portfolio. In her free time, Julia works on her novel.

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