Margaret Atwood to give talk at Clifden Arts Festival

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SPECIAL GUEST World renowned author Margaret Atwood.

Edwin McGreal

World renowned author Margaret Atwood will be attending and giving a talk at next month’s Clifden Arts Festival.
Most famous for authoring The Handmaid’s Tale, which has since become an award-winning TV series, Margaret Atwood’s work has been published in more than 45 countries.
Atwood is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Burning Questions, a collection of essays from 2004 to 2021, was published in March 2022. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is a co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. It is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series.
She will be in conversation with Elaine Feeney. Elaine is a writer from Galway and lectures at The National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is a founding member of the Tuam Oral History Project.
With the fractured state social and political issues worldwide, this promises to be a riveting event.
The Margaret Atwood talk takes place on Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm in the West Connemara Sports and Leisure Centre in Clifden.
The 45th Clifden Arts Festival runs from September 15-22.
It is Ireland’s longest-running community arts festival and is back to full capacity in venues across the Clifden area.
Community led and with a diversity of experience ,it has been hailed by President Michael D Higgins as  a ‘unique and outstanding experience’.
A wealth of creative talents have answered the call of long time festival stalwart Brendan Flynn, the former schoolmaster who dreamed up this annual celebration of art, music and illumination.
Much-loved writer and cultural historian Manchán Magan will give the annual John Moriarty Memorial Lecture, while broadcaster and DJ John Creedon will bring his treasury of knowledge about Irish folklore and place names to a special Station House theatre event.
Included in Clifden’s spirit of homage will be events to mark this year’s centenary of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
In a new departure for Clifden Arts Festival, multi award-winning filmmaker and Ifta nominated actor Tristan Heanue will premiere a specially commissioned film installation that combines Joyce, the Connemara landscape, and world-renowned screen icon Olwen Fouéré.
Music is a central element to the festival and there will be a wide array of tempos, styles and sensibilities in Connemara.