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Big names roll in for Rolling Sun Book Festival

Going Out

Westport’s Rolling Sun Book Festival has established itself as one of the highlights of the Irish literary calendar and once again it line-up will light up the dark days of mid-November, with an excellent programme of events.
The festival takes place from November 15 to 18 and includes live broadcasts, talks, workshops and book launches, combining to provide a weekend full of lively entertainment. Below are some of the highlights; next week we’ll tell you more about a screenwriting workshop, book launches, Diarmaid Ferriter and Stefanie Preissner.
 
Live Broadcast – The Last Word
Matt Cooper and his Today FM team are broadcasting live from the Town Hall Theatre on Friday, November 16. The show will include guests from the Rolling Sun Book Festival and as part of it is open to a live audience, it promises to be both entertaining and animated. Matt Cooper, broadcaster, journalist and author needs no introduction. The show broadcasts from 4.30pm to 7pm and all but the last hour is open to the public. There’s no admission fee, but be there early as otherwise you just might not get in.
 
Festival opening
The Rolling Sun Book Festival opening event at The Clew Bay Hotel is always much anticipated and this year’s line up looks better than ever. The incomparable Lise Hand takes on Paul Howard, aka Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and radio host Matt Cooper, in what promises to be a lively and engaging after dinner discussion. Dinner with wine and music from Coda complete this entertaining evening.
Paul Howard is a multi-award-winning journalist, author, playwright and comedy writer. He is best known as the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, a fictional rugby jock whose exploits have been the subject of eighteen novels, which have collectively sold more than one million copies in Ireland and won thee Irish Book Awards. He is also the author of ‘Triggs: The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog’, which was a number one bestseller in 2012, and the creator of the sell-out hit ‘Copper Face Jacks: The Musical’ in the summer of 2018. He has written comedy for radio and television and was one of the main sketch writers on the twice IFTA-nominated satirical TV show ‘Irish Pictorial Weekly’. His biography of Tara Browne, the Irish-born Guinness heir immortalised in The Beatles’ song ‘A Day in the Life’, won the Best Non-Fiction award at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and was described by The Irish Times as a ‘masterpiece’. He has recently finished work on the screenplay for a movie based on the book.
Lise Hand is a columnist with The Times Ireland edition and is a regular contributor on current affairs programmes on radio and tv. Lise has a strong connection with Westport and is a firm friend of the Rolling Sun Book Festival. Surely nobody else could keep Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and Matt Cooper under control? Places are very limited so advance booking is essential.
 
From Russia With Love
Broadcaster Rick O’Shea talks to well known author and journalist Conor O’Clery and his wife Zhanna about Conor’s latest book, ‘The Shoemaker and His Daughter’.
Belfast-born Conor O’Clery is a twice winner of Journalist of the Year for his dispatches from around the world for The Irish Times. He is the author of a number of books on Russia and the former Soviet Union,  In the Soviet Union in 1962, shoemaker Stanislav Suvorov is imprisoned for five years. His crime? Selling his car for a profit, contravening the Kremlin’s strict laws of speculation. Laws which, thirty years later, his daughter Zhanna helps to unravel. In the new Russia, yesterday’s crime is today’s opportunity.
‘The Shoemaker and His Daughter’ takes in more than eighty years of Soviet and Russian history through the prism of one family – a family author Conor O’Clery knows well: he is married to Zhanna.
 
Book now
All the information you need is on the website www.rollingsunbookfestival.com and bookings are through the Clew Bay Hotel 098 28088 and the Town Hall Theatre for events which take place there. 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!

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