STAR ATTRACTION Renowned filmmaker Jim Sheridan will be the star attraction at this year’s Rolling Sun Book Festival.
THE season of Samhain swept in over the horizon with the elemental powers of Ophelia and Brian and even if it is the calm after the storm, that annual phenomenon of the Rolling Sun Book Festival is about to create artistic waves and lots of fresh to gale-force stimulation and shenanigans.
Now in its eighth annual incarnation, this year’s boutique shindig will roll from the photographic lens of local man, Conor McKeown to the universal impact of fake news with such luminaries as Mark Little, former RTÉ broadcaster and founder of Storyful, Jim Sheridan, award-winning film-maker and Lise Hand, journalist, broadcaster and columnist.
Add in a live recording of RTÉ One’s Sunday Miscellany, an ‘On the Couch’ event about crime-writing and a conversation about bucket-list books and this year’s wintry weekend will be more solar than polar.
Festivities open in the Custom House Studios on Thursday night, November 16 with a lecture by UCD Art Historian, Dr Róisín Kennedy on the subject of ‘Art in the West in the mid 20th century’, as well as the launch of McKeown’s exhibition, ‘Meet the People Westport 250: A Collection of Portraits’.
Fifth and sixth year pupils will examine ‘The Importance of Literature’ with teacher, anthologist and columnist, Niall MacMonagle on Friday, November 17, at the Sacred Heart School.
The Green Fuse Gallery (James Street) will be the venue for a collaborative exhibition, ‘Mind has Mountains’, inspired by poet Geraldine Mitchell’s ‘Mountains for Breakfast’ and including works by Aoife Casby, Mags Duffy, Lisa Molina and Jane Williams. The following day Mitchell will also read from her work at the gallery.
Friday night’s main event will start at Westport cinema with the screening of internationally renowned film-maker, Jim Sheridan and Lise Hand’s short film, ‘11th Hour’. This will be 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’. Then, it is off to the Clew Bay Hotel for the traditional and atmospheric festival opening with food, music by Coda and lots of conversation and craic.
FOR aspiring writers, Paul Perry – poet, author and the other half of crime-writing duo ‘Karen Perry’ – will facilitate a talk on ‘Applying for Literature Bursaries and Grants’ on Saturday morning.
Indeed, on Saturday afternoon, he will join RTÉ’s Sinéad Crowley, also a crime-writer, and Jane Casey in the Clew Bay Hotel for the much-loved On the Couch event, entitled ‘Armchair Thrillers’ this year. ‘Bucket List Books’ will be the subject of the conversation between Rick O’Shea of RTÉ Gold, Niall MacMonagle and Sally Rooney in Westport Town Hall Theatre on Saturday night. And it is to the state-of-the-art theatre on Sunday morning for the recording of a festive Sunday Miscellany.
Early booking is essential for many of the events, even the free ones.
www.rollingsunbookfestival.com and phone the Clew Bay Hotel for bookings not being held in the Town Hall Theatre