Festival Contributors

Festival Contributors

Enjoy the art of conversation, listen to musicians and appreciate film and theatre.

Dermot Bolger

This year’s festival is curated by

Born in Dublin in 1959, Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers. His most recent play, Last Orders at the Dockside, was staged by the Abbey Theatre in the 2019 Dublin Theatre Festival. His fourteen novels include The Journey Home, Tanglewood, The Lonely Sea and Sky, The Family on Paradise Pier and his just published, An Ark of Light. Bolger writes for Ireland’s leading newspapers, and in 2012 was named Commentator of the Year at the Irish Newspaper awards.

Marianne Lee

one of Ireland’s
newest writers

Marianne Lee grew up in Tullamore, Co. Offaly and now lives in Dublin with her husband. She has a degree in Visual Communications from the National College and Art and Design and an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin. She works as a designer and copywriter, and has published a selection of poetry and self-recorded an album. Her debut novel, ‘A Quiet Tide’, a fictionalised account of the life of Ellen Hutchins, Ireland’s first female botanist, who collected and discovered rare spies of plants while working in isolation in West Cork, was published in 2020 by New Island

Niamh Boyce

award winning author

Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of The Year in 2012, Niamh’s Boyce’s debut novel THE HERBALIST (Penguin), won Sunday Independent Debut of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was nominated for an IMPAC. Her fiction and poetry have been broadcast, adapted for stage and anthologised, most recently in ‘The Long Gaze Back,’ ‘The Hennessy Anthology’ and ‘Hallelujah for 50 Foot Women.’ Her second novel, HER KIND (Penguin Random House) is based on the Kilkenny Witchcraft Trial of Alice Kytler. Nominated for the EU Prize for literature, the judges called Her Kind, ‘as searing a critique of our own times as is Arthur Millar’s The Crucible.

Manchán Magan

writer and documentary-

Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes regularly for The Irish Times, reports on travel for various radio programmes, and has presented dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ & Travel Channel. He lives in his oak forest in a self-made hovel in Westmeath.

Sibéal Ní Chasaide

sean-nós singer

Sibéal, “A young woman of the new Ireland” (Irish Independent). Sibéal Ní Chasaide’s unique vocal qualities and singing style command attention wherever she appears. Her remarkable versatility in capturing mood her vocal technique with its rich overlay of sean-nós, makes her singing style immediately recognisable and unmistakable. Her album Sibeal , features a variety of songs sung both in Irish and English, with lush orchestrations by Irish composer Patrick Cassidy.

Enda Wyley

poet, teacher
and children’s author

Enda Wyley is a poet, teacher, and children’s author. She has published five collections of poetry with Dedalus Press; Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems (2014), To Wake to This (2009), Poems for Breakfast (2004), Socrates in the Garden (1998), and Eating Baby Jesus (1993). A new sixth collection, The Painter on his Bike, is due from Dedalus Press 2019.

Wayne O’Connor


Wayne O’Connor is a Freelance illustrator based in Sligo. He works predominantly in Digital Mediums. His imagery is inspired by his interests in Mythology, Fantasy and Science Fiction games, film and literature.

Séan Ó Tuathaigh


Séan Ó Tuathaigh was born and raised in Sligo and has an MPhil in Creative Writing from TCD. Before that course, he taught English in Hanoi, Vietnam. After graduation, in 2016, he moved to the US for 18 months, where he worked as a refugee biographer in a resettlement agency and, following that experience, he wrote Outlanders.

Arthur Broomfield


Arthur Broomfield is a poet and Beckett scholar from Laois. His recent publications are his poetry collection Cold Coffee at Emo Court and The Empty Too. His poems have been widely published in Ireland, the UK and USA. Dr Broomfield was awarded his Ph.D in English literature by Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick in 2008.

Festival Contributors

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