Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas 2021

Excitement is growing at the prospect of taking part in a real Festival, an actual live event this weekend in the beautiful setting of Borris House, in the village of Borris in County Carlow.

I will be talking history and how it informs and shapes us in the Roundhouse Marquee on Saturday 21st August at I.45 pm with fellow history lover and writer Turtle Bunbury.

There is a fantastic line up events over the three days of the weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd August, with President Michael  D Higgins, Marian Keyes, Professor Luke O’Neill, film director Jim Sheridan, Sebastian, Barry, Liz Nugent  and so many others taking part.

There will be live music, tasty food, great conversation and plenty of debate, all the things we have missed over the past year and half. Well done to Vivienne Guinness and Hugo Jellet and their team for putting together such a brilliant programme…exactly what we all need!   

Cruinniu na nOg 2021

Shane Hegarty and Marita

It was great to be back in the Lexicon Library in Dun Laoghaire to take part in this year’s Cruinniu na nOg.

It was brilliant to get the chance to talk to one of my favourite writers Shane Hegarty all about books and writing and stories. For us to actually be together in person filming carefully in the studio in the Lexicon and not just on Zoom was great fun! 

Cruinniu na nOg is a national day of free creativity for young people in Ireland. We are the only country to hold such a day. There are all kinds of events being held all over Ireland on 12th June to celebrate Cruinniu na nOg from Leprechaun Hunts to  Nenagh Kid’s Film Festival, Drumming to Crafts, Dance and Knitting so get creative and check them out.

Thanks to the film crew and the wonderful Sarah Webb and Librarian Marian Keyes for setting it all up. 

Happy summer reading to everyone!

Famine Summer School 2021

This year’s Famine Summer School which was due to be held in the Ireland’s National Famine Museum in Strokestown will be held instead online on Saturday 29th May. 

However for anyone with an interest in in Ireland’s Great Famine this is a great opportunity to listen and to take part in a day filled with exciting new contributions from both international and Irish famine experts and researchers on many aspects of Ireland’s Great Hunger.

I am looking forwardto talking with Caroilin Callery of the National Famine Museum Strokestown Park House about the importance of Education and Outreach in terms of learning about the famine and the National Famine Way.

To see the full programme and join us at the Summer School, please click on the following zoom link:  https://www.strokestownpark.ie/famine/summer-school/