New Literary Festival To Take Place In Dingle

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THE inaugural Dingle Literary Festival (Dingle Lit) takes place in November with a great line-up of events and guests.

Over the weekend of November 22-24, Dingle Lit celebrates and aims to enhance the cultural life of the Dingle Peninsula.

It is a new, inclusive and accessible festival for adults and children focused on the literary arts – fiction, poetry and non-fiction in English and Irish – and delivered through readings, workshops and performance.

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Patrons of the festival are Carlo Gebler, Adjunct Professor in Creative Writing, Trinity College, Dublin, member of Aosdána, Mary Black, singer and author of her autobiography Down the Crooked Road in 2015 and Micheál de Mórdha, former director of The Blasket Centre.

Appearing at the festival are Fintan O’Toole, talking Brexit; RTÉ journalist Brian O’Connell discussing his love of reading the classified ads and how they tell a history of Ireland; best-selling author Ian Maleney exploring memoir, loss and family; Caroline Foran discusses how to turn anxiety into an ally. Mike Hanrahan, lead singer of Stockton’s Wing, recounting life on the road with Ronnie Drew. We celebrate the writings of Maidhc Dainín O’Sé on Saturday 23rd, and on Sunday 24th musicians Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Matt Dillon and Glen Hansard will perform original pieces inspired by the poetry of Domhnall MacSíthigh.

Workshops include Creative Non-Fiction with Kevin Breathnach ; Ag Tosnu Amach ar Chonair na Scibhneoireachta Gaeilge, le Dairena Ní Chinnéide; Flash Fiction with Nuala O’Connor; Poetry Workshop with Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Nicholas McLachlan and a 1-to-1 Poetry Feedback Session with Annemarie Ní Churreáin.

Dingle Lit founder Sheila O’Reilly states, “We are committed to setting up a literary festival that is inclusive and offers events that embrace the community, as well as bringing national and international authors to Kerry. We are also committed to paying all the authors and facilitators–only the committee members are volunteers.”

The festival is being supported by businesses and individuals on the Dingle Peninsula: Dingle Skellig Hotel, Benners Hotel Dingle, Leac a Ré Crafts, Charles O’Regan and Susan Cooney, Dingle Crystal, Dingle Bookshop, The Carol Cronin Gallery, The Skellig Book Club, Sheila O’Reilly, Peter McKay, Greenmount House, Debbi Lewang, Dingle Tasting Tour, Fenton’s Restaurant, Holden Leathergoods. The Dingle Pub, Fitzgerald HomeValue, Paul Kirk Music & Sacred Heart University.

Dingle Lit Company Limited by Guarantee is run by volunteers and all funds generated by the festival will go towards organising and promoting an annual Dingle Lit for both adults and children. This is a festival run by the community of the Dingle Peninsula for the people on the Dingle Peninsula, and welcome visitors. For more check out

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