By Dan Walsh at Kilmore Quay
One of the country’s leading literature festivals, Write By The Sea, was officially opened in the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, earlier this evening by Prof. Kevin Rafter, Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland, and it continues on Saturday and Sunday with more than 40 writers taking part.
Saturday’s highlight is the presence of Dublin-born Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle, award-winning novelist, writer of short stories, screenplays and dramatist, son of a Wexford mother (Ita Bolger Doyle), will be in the Stella Maris Centre at 5pm.
Roddy Doyle is the author of eleven novels, a collection of stories, and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He has written five books for children and contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and several anthologies. He won the Booker Prize in 1993, for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
Roddy has written for the stage and his plays include Brownbread and Guess Who’s Coming For The Dinner. He co-adapted with Joe O’Byrne his novel The Woman who Walked into Doors and he co-wrote with Bisi Adigun a new version of The Playboy of the Western World.
He also wrote the screenplays for The Snapper, The Van, Family, When Brendan Met Trudy and co-wrote the screenplay for The Commitments. He lives and works in Dublin.
The Sunday highlight will happen in the Stella Maris Centre at 5pm on Sunday when author Claire Keegan makes an appearance soon after being shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize. Keegan’s Small Things Like These, which, at 116 pages, is the shortest book in terms of pages in the prize’s history.
Award-winning Keegan chats with Dr Richard Hayes, Head of Strategy, South East Technological University, about writing, teaching, ideas and inspiration, creativity and originality.
Keegan, who was brought up on a farm in Wicklow, close to the Wexford border, published her first volume of short stories, Antarctica, in 1999, and it went on to win the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her other acclaimed works include Foster and Walk the Blue Fields.
It may be a bit late for bookings, but for tickets, programme updates and more information about the festival and the writers see writebythesea.ie