Echoes - Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers

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Maeve Kingston
Dalkey Castle


01 2858366


5th-7th October




Dalkey Castle

Event Description

ECHOES begins with the staging of Aches and Pains by Maeve Binchy adapted by Shay Linehan on Friday 5th Oct at 7.30pm in Dalkey Castle.

ECHOES full day (10.00am -5.00pm) of talks, discussions, readings and dramatisations will take place on Saturday 6th October.

The morning session will look at the evolution of contemporary Irish women writers and the part that Maeve Binchy’s international success played in this. Is gender still a relevant topic in writing or is it perhaps more significant than ever?

Dr. Melissa Sihra’s keynote address will elaborate on ‘Intuitive Feminism….’.  Writers Henrietta Mc Kervey, Declan Hughes, Sinéad Crowley, Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O’Flanagan and Claudia Carroll will all discuss various aspects of the theme up to lunchtime.

In the afternoon session, Frank McGuinness and Catherine Dunne in separate interviews with Seán Rocks will deal with Ireland’s new-found freedom and how it contrasts with the dark days of past emigration. Actors Claudia Carroll, Clelia Murphy and Margaret Toomey (Fair City) and Lorcan Cranitch will lead the actors in a rehearsed reading of Maeve Binchy’s play ‘Deeply Regretted By…’ Professor Diarmaid Ferriter will draw proceedings to close with Maeve Binchy- The Historian of Modern Ireland.

Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers Guided Walk on Sunday 7th begins in the Writers’ Gallery at Dalkey Castle at 11.00am and finishes in the Maeve Binchy Memorial Garden at Dalkey Library.

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