Athlone Literary Festival 2012 Line-Up Announced

Athlone Literary Festival 2012 Line-Up Announced

Athlone’s Literary Festival, which is now in its 9th year, has announced its
2012 line-up. It features diverse events such as a a poetry evening with Paul
Durcan, a discussion with eminent Irish psychiatrist & author Prof. Ivor
Browne, a creative writing workshop with Author Anne Skelly and a play writing
workshop with Thomas Conway, Literary Manager of Druid Theatre, The festival
this year also includes a Literary Walking Tour of Athlone, a Poetry Slam with
the Gombeens, exhibitions , a number of children’s events and a Flash Fiction

The festival takes place October 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. Speaking about the 2012
event, Festival Chairperson Fionnuala O’Connell commented ; ”we are thrilled
this year to have such a talented and diverse line-up and we hope that the
festival will attract participants from all over the region. A popular event at
the festival every year is our in conversation afternoon and this year  we
are delighted to welcome eminent Irish psychiatrist & author Prof. Ivor
Browne. He will be conversation with well-known journalist and feminist Nell
McCafferty. The discussion promises to be a fascinating insight into one of
Ireland’s true thinker-pioneers.”

A highlight event of festival will be a poetry evening with renowned poet Paul
Durcan. He is one of Ireland’s foremost and most prolific poets and he will be
reading form his newly published collection , “Praise in Which I Live and Move
and Have My Being”, which critics have described as being pervaded by a light
and gentle humour. Regarded by many as the poet laureate of contemporary
Ireland, the opening event for this year’s festival promises to be a unique
opportunity to engage with poetry.

Chairperson of the Festival Fionnuala O’Connell  further commented ; “The
festival endeavours not just to engage readers but also to encourage writers.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to offer this year workshops in creative
writing and play-writing and I would encourage all those who have ever felt the
urge to write to come along and take part in these workshops. Of course, we
will have our ever-popular Athlone Miscellancy on the closing day of the
festival and that that event always draws great interest. I really have to say
that 2012’s programme is one our best yet.”

The event has something for everyone, whether it’s fiction, poetry, music or
true-life stories, Athlone Literary Festival is set to deliver a diverse and
exciting programme this October. The Opening Event of this year’s Festival will
be a James Joyce “The Dead” Dinner in the Left Bank Bistro, where diners will
partake in an evening of dining and reading in true Edwardian style with good
food, music and song. A full festival programme is available on
and the Festival can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Bookings for
all events can be made by contacting
or phone/text 086 2282760.

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