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May 2018

LITERATURE: The Gerard Manley Hopkins 31st International Festival presents: International Poetry Reading

Wednesday 16th May, 2018 - 08:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival, under the guidance of its artistic director and internationally renowned poet Desmond Egan, is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. As part of this year’s festival, Riverbank Arts Centre will host an array of International poets including Roger Mc Gough (UK), Fr. Seamus Collins (Ireland), Emilia Ivancu (Romania), Pushpa Parekh (India), Lena Koster (Sweden), Kevin Kiely (Ireland), Chris Green (U.S.A.), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Philip Brady (Ireland), Michael Woods (U.K.), Shizue Ogawa (Japan), Barry McCrea (U.S.A.),…

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September 2018

POETRY: Athlone suite, New York sweeter?

Saturday 29th September, 2018 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Free Event

The 9th annual Kildare Readers’ Festival is launched with gusto at this very special event celebrating the work of Desmond Egan, acclaimed poet and long-time resident of Kildare.  Desmond is a poet with a wide range of subject matter and many targets; but here we focus on his love of music. The evening will chart his poetic journey from Athlone to New York and back and will include verse tributes to his many heroes, including John McCormack, Franz Schubert and the…

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LITERATURE: KILDARE READERS’ FESTIVAL 2018

Saturday 29th September, 2018 - 20:00 - Sunday 14th October, 2018 - 12:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to partner once again with Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service to present the Kildare Readers’ Festival, an entirely free literary festival connecting  readers with authors and artists, to bring the very best from the world of literature to Kildare. The 2018 festival programme offers something for everyone, with regular favourites such as Ten Books You Should Read and the Sunday Morning Session, hosted this year by Deirdre Purcell. Events are taking place throughout the county -…

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April 2019

LITERATURE: European Poetry Festival

Monday 15th April, 2019 - 19:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Free event

This major event is taking place as part of the 2nd European Poetry Festival, showcasing the energy and innovation of 21st European poetry. Featuring renowned poets from across Europe including readings and performances by Serena Braida, Harry Clifton, Jessica Foley, SJ Fowler, Madara Gruntmane, Katharina Maria Kalinowski, Morten Langeland, Christodoulos Makris, Oana Sanziana Marian,  Endre Ruset, Damir Sodan, and Sophie-Carolin Wagner. This event is curated and hosted by Christodoulos Makris, Maynooth University and Kildare County Council Library and Arts Service…

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October 2019

KRF: Douglas Kennedy in conversation with Rick O’Shea

Friday 18th October, 2019 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Kildare Readers’ Festival presents a special event honouring acclaimed writer Douglas Kennedy, international bestselling author of The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, and The Heat of Betrayal. Douglas will discuss his successful career with radio personality and noted champion of literature, Rick O’Shea. Rick has previously curated the Imagine Arts Festival and has hosted multiple Irish book festivals. Part of Kildare Readers Festival - for details of all events, see www.kildarereadersfestival.ie 

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KRF: Ten Books You Should Read with Stefanie Preissner and Ferdia Mac Anna

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 10:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Join us for the ever popular Ten Books You Should Read! Our guests Stefanie Preissner and Ferdia Mac Anna will select five books each that they would recommend and delve into the stories to illustrate why we should give them a try. Stefanie Preissner - Munich-born, Mallow-raised - is the creator of hit comedy-drama series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.  Stefanie has also produced a series of short documentaries entitled How To Adult which she presents for RTÉ's online platform RTÉ…

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KRF: Joseph O Connor, Kit De Waal and Henrietta McKervey

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 12:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The Kildare Readers’ Festival is delighted to welcome back celebrated novelist, screenwriter, and playwright Joseph O'Connor (Star of the Sea, Ghost Light, Shadowplay), who will be joined by Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 winner Kit De Waal (My Name is Leon, The Trick to Time) for a discussion moderated by acclaimed author Henrietta McKervey (What Becomes Of Us, The Heart of Everything). Fans of literary fiction will be treated to an in-depth discussion on various aspects of…

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KRF: Persona Poetry Workshop with Christodoulos Makris

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Participants will be guided by Christodoulos Makris to make use of public texts to compose poetry in the personae of a range of current figures. This is a fun and interactive workshop, with the techniques employed adaptable to writing other kinds of poetry. Participants will also create an 'exquisite corpse' (a communally composed poem). Christodoulos is acclaimed as one of the leading practitioners of experimental poetry. All levels of experience welcome. Part of Kildare Readers Festival – for details of…

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KRF: The First Page: Writing that compelling opening to your next short story

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 14:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Pauline Clooney, founder of the Kildare Writing Centre, will lead a workshop about 'openings' and how to make sure that the reader turns the first page and continues with your story. Using a guided free-write as a stimulus, the group will explore the elements of craft expected on the first page of a story, culminating in an opening to their next short story. All levels of experience welcome. Part of Kildare Readers Festival – for details of all events, see www.kildarereadersfestival.ie 

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KRF: ‘Hot Off The Press’ event & Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Awards presentation

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 16:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Join the participants from 'The First Page' and 'Persona Poetry' workshops led by Pauline Clooney and Christodoulus Makris for a sharing of work created that very afternoon - so 'hot off the press' that it might burn your fingers! We will also present the prestigious Dennis O'Driscoll Literary Bursary awards 2019 to an emerging and professional writer from County Kildare. Come and meet the awardees who will read some of their work, adjudicated by Alan McMonagle, while remembering Dennis O'Driscoll…

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KRF: Ian Maleney and Jamie Goldrick live audio-visual literary documentary

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Set around a small family farm on the edge of a bog, a few miles from the river Shannon, Minor Monuments is a live audio-visual essay unfolding from the landscape of the Irish midlands. Taking in the physical and philosophical power of sound and music, and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a family, Ian Maleney questions the nature of home, memory, and the complex nature of belonging. The show weaves live reading with voice recordings, music, the ambient sound…

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KRF: Something Wicked This Way Comes with Niamh Boyce, Stacey Halls and Martina Devlin

Saturday 19th October, 2019 - 20:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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'Tis the season of Samhain and the Kildare Readers’ Festival will celebrate with an exciting panel discussion examining the depiction and characterisation of witches within the canon of literature. Whether it's horror fiction or historical non-fiction, Witches and Wiccan culture have provided rich material for authors and scholars throughout the years. On hand for a riveting discourse on the topic will be acclaimed novelists Stacey Halls (The Familiars), Niamh Boyce (The Herbalist, Her Kind), and Martina Devlin (Truth & Dare, About Sisterland, The House Where It Happened).   Part of Kildare…

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KRF: Sunday Morning Sessions with Dermot Bolger and John Boyne

Sunday 20th October, 2019 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Kildare Readers’ Festival is elated that Dermot Bolger (An Ark of Light, The Family on Paradise Pier) will return to our ever popular “Sunday Morning Sessions” for a relaxed and intimate conversation with acclaimed novelist and short story writer, John Boyne (The Hearts Invisible Furies, The Absolutist, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas). In a not-to-be-missed pairing, Dermot will provide an insight into John Boyne’s work and life experience that has led to his success. Part of Kildare Readers Festival…

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KRF: Emilie Pine and Arnold Fanning in conversation with Emily Hourican

Sunday 20th October, 2019 - 12:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The Kildare Readers’ Festival welcomes a duo of celebrated Irish authors, Emilie Pine (Notes to Self) and Arnold Thomas Fanning (Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery), for a candid panel discussion on the most intimate of literature endeavours: memoirs. This event will be moderated by author and magazine editor, Emily Hourican (How to Really Be a Mother).   Part of Kildare Readers Festival – for details of all events, see www.kildarereadersfestival.ie 

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June 2020

CBI Virtual Book Clinic

Saturday 13th June, 2020 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Riverbank Arts Centre is working with Children's Books Ireland on this special FREE online book clinic on Saturday, 13th June, offered as part of Cruinniú na nÓg and supported by Kildare County Council and Creative Ireland. Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop  into the virtual Book Clinic! Visit the Book Doctor and consult on…

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October 2020

Kildare Readers Festival 2020 – all online

Monday 12th October, 2020 - 21:00 - Sunday 18th October, 2020 - 21:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland

Kildare Readers Festival 2020 – all online! Kildare Readers Festival is brought to you every year in October by Kildare County Library and Arts Service, culminating in busy closing weekend of events and activities at Riverbank Arts Centre.  The festival aims to connect readers with authors and artists, working to bring the very best from the world of literature to audiences through the provision of exciting, innovative and accessible events. This year the Festival is jam-packed with great events and…

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July 2021

OUTDOOR POETRY: A Gap in the Clouds with Nell Regan

Thursday 29th July, 2021 - 13:00
Japanese Gardens, Irish National Stud
Tully, Kildare R51 KX25 Ireland
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We are delighted to present an outdoor poetry reading from A Gap in Clouds with Nell Regan, in the beautiful surroundings of the Japanese Gardens. A Gap in the Clouds is a new translation by James Hadley and Nell Regan of Ogura’s 100 Poems by 100 Poets, one of the most important collections of poetry in Japan. Though the poets include emperors and empresses, courtiers and high priests, ladies-in-waiting and soldier-calligraphers, the collection is far more than an historical document.…

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September 2021

LIVE Network presents: Douglas Stuart & Elaine Feeney

Sunday 12th September, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Booker Prize Winner Douglas Stuart talks Shuggie Bain with Irish author Elaine Feeney Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he moved to New York, where he began a career in design. Shuggie Bain, his debut novel, won the 2020 Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, the Kirkus Prize and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker and his…

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LIVE Network: Republic of Shame

Thursday 30th September, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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LIVE Network and Riverbank Arts Centre present a night of conversation and creative responses to the ongoing legacy of the mother and baby home institutions. Until recently, religious orders and the Irish state operated a network of institutions where thousands of women and children were disappeared into, separated from each other and exploited. Through breaking silences and sharing testimonies, generational survivors of this system in Ireland have become catalysts of change. In the search for answers, their voices must continue…

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October 2021

Kildare Readers Festival: Shelving

Tuesday 5th October, 2021 - 19:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Why do artists and writers shelve or abandon particular projects – books, artworks, ideas? What does this tell us about how artists and writers work? What does it tell us about the systems in which they work, the expectations placed upon them, the kinds of work considered viable, valuable, worthwhile? For this event as part of Kildare Readers' Festival, a number of practitioners from literature and the visual arts have been invited to present and talk about works they've previously…

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Kildare Readers Festival: John Bowman & Abie Philbin Bowman

Friday 15th October, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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With a shared love of history and debate John Bowman and Abie Philbin Bowman are ideal interviewer and interviewee. KRF are delighted to bring you this exclusive interview as they discuss John Bowman's book Ireland the Autobiography:  One Hundred Years in the Life of the Nation, Told by its People. This absorbing and highly acclaimed book which has been researched over decades draws on eyewitness accounts, diaries and memoirs from the perspective of people who lived in these times, how…

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Kildare Readers Festival: 10 Books You Should Read

Saturday 16th October, 2021 - 10:30
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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10 Books You Should Read continues to be a favourite event at Kildare Readers' Festival. Its format is a simple one - the guests choose five titles each – conversation ensues, as recommendations - and the advocacy of same - volley back and forth. On this occasion KRF thought to have the conversation be amongst the keepers of our cultural collections. Simon O’Connor is the Director of the Museum of Literature Ireland, a creative collaboration between UCD and the National Library of Ireland,…

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Kildare Readers Festival: Luke Cassidy’s Iron Annie Cabaret

Saturday 16th October, 2021 - 20:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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The Iron Annie Cabaret is a celebration of music, theatre and literature. Based on Luke Cassidy’s debut novel Iron Annie, it tells the story of Aoife, a major figure in Dundalk’s small-town underworld, and her fatal attraction to Annie, a magnetic and elusive force that barged into her life. Think Reservoir Dogs meets Thelma and Louise meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This production features performances by Eleanor McLoughlin as Aoife, accompanied by musical performances by folk duo the Dandelion…

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Kildare Readers Festival: The Alphabet of Birds

Sunday 17th October, 2021 - 15:00
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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Sunday Mass and sea swimming; bird alphabets and stone collecting; Goya and Monet; the Stations of the Cross and the Sacred Heart of Jesus; bedrooms and bedsits; insomnia and parental love. Writer and artist Sara Baume covers wide ground in this spellbinding audio-visual essay. Ultimately, it’s a show about our obsessions and passions – the multitude of rituals that fill our daily lives with meaning.  Live readings of Baume's new essay are interspersed with four short documentaries from Jamie Goldrick…

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