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INTERVIEWAuthor, screenwriter, actor and playwright Stefanie Preissner will be interviewed by journalist and commentator Claire Grady on Saturday.

Ciara Moynihan

Preparations for The Rolling Sun Book Festival are almost complete ahead of the four-day festival, which starts this Thursday, November 15. Last week, these pages covered many of the festival highlights – but not all… Here are some more to whet hungry bibliophiles’ appetites.  
The festival’s ever-popular On The Couch interview series returns with an event entitled ‘Independent Thinking’, which will see Claire Grady chat to author, screenwriter, actor and playwright Stefanie Preissner. This year’s On The Couch will take place in the W Theatre at 2.30pm on Saturday.
Munich-born and Mallow-raised, Preissner is the creator of hit comedy-drama series ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’. She has also produced a series of short documentaries, ‘How To Adult’, which are available on the RTÉ Player.
She co-hosts her current RTÉ podcast, ‘Situationships’, with her good friend Rachel Yoder, with each episode taking a look at a different type of relationship and how to navigate it. Her first film script has been commissioned, while her one-woman theatre show, ‘Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend’, enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin before touring internationally to Bucharest, Edinburgh and Australia (as a radio play it became RTÉ’s most downloaded podcast). Her first book, ‘Why Can’t Everything Just Stay the Same?’, was nominated for several awards in 2017, and her second book, ‘No. It’s a Full Sentence’, is set for release in 2019.
Westport native Claire Grady started her career in journalism in The Mayo News and, over her 30-year career in newspaper journalism, worked at such titles as the Evening Herald, Sunday Tribune and Irish Independent – running the full gamut from news reporter to editor.  An occasional contributor to radio and television news programmes, she is currently working in communications for a State agency.
In another festival highlight, affable historian and author Diarmaid Ferriter returns to The Rolling Sun Book Festival to read from and discuss his new book ‘On The Edge – Ireland’s off-shore islands: a modern history’.
By documenting island experiences and the social, cultural and political reaction to them over the last 100 years, ‘On the Edge’ examines why the islands have seen an exodus, as well as the gulf between the rhetoric that elevated island life and the reality of the political attitude towards them. Through newspaper coverage, personal memoirs,  private and State archives and the author’s personal travels, it examines the realities behind our marine outposts and the people who live on them. Ferriter’s reading and talk will take place in the Clew Bay Hotel on Sunday at noon.
Author and psychologist Dr Brian Jory will also read from his book, ‘Cupid on Trial – What We Learn About Love When Loving Gets Tough’ at McLoughlin’s Bookshop, Shop Street, on Saturday at 5pm. Jory’s book looks at relationships, intimacy and sexuality in contemporary times. It is written as a set of stories in which people struggle with modern problems – sexting, infidelity, cancer and death. “Not happy topics necessarily, but always a redeeming and insightful outcome,” the author told The Mayo News.

Launches and workshops
On Thursday, local yoga instructor and author David Whelan’s new book ‘The Crowded Earth’ will be launched at the Custom House Studios at 7pm, while on Friday, journalist, publisher and Mayo News columnist Liamy MacNally will launch ‘Maud Gonne’s Men’, by Anthony J Jordan in The Bookshop, Bridge Street, at 6pm.
The festival will also host a workshop in Westport Town Hall Theatre this Saturday on film and TV screenwriting, facilitated by screenwriter, novelist and playwright Lindsay J Sedgwick and entitled ‘Playing Devil’s Advocate’. Topics covered will include recognising ideas that will work for the screen, developing arresting characters and structuring a script from the individual scene through to the finished script.

For more details and the full programme, visit  www.rollingsunbookfestival.com. Bookings through the Clew Bay Hotel (098 28088) and Westport Town Hall Theatre (098 28459).