Leading contemporary Irish authors sign up for online literary festival
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Leading contemporary Irish authors sign up for online literary festival

TEN of the best contemporary Irish writers are taking part in a new literary festival launched by the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith (ICC) this month.

The ICC Digital Literary Festival – a celebration of contemporary Irish writing is the centrepiece of the ICC’s autumn programme and also marks the launch of their 25th anniversary celebrations.

The series of ten interviews air between November 15 and December 20 and, after their initial broadcast, will remain online to be viewed by all at the ICC’s website.

Donal Ryan is taking part in the Digital Literary Festival
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“This new and exciting venture will showcase some of the stalwarts of Irish literature, the writers behind many prize-winning works, alongside more recent bestselling authors,” the organisation explained.

The festival began with award-winning writer Roddy Doyle in conversation with writer and broadcaster Carlo Gébler, which was broadcast yesterday (November 15).

Broadcaster Carlo Gebler (Pic: David Barker)

Doyle, who has written 11 highly acclaimed novels, including The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van, talked about his latest novel LOVE.

Also appearing in the Festival is the Man Booker prize winner John Banville, Rooney Prize winner Colum McCann and fellow novelists Emma Donoghue, Donal Ryan and Liz Nugent.

The authors are interviewed by writer and broadcaster Dr Carlo Gébler; writer and publisher Dermot Bolger, the London-based journalist Anne Flaherty, and Oxford-based academic Dr Keith Hopper.

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Author Emma Donoghue is taking part in the Festival (Pic: Una Roulston)

Dr Anne Goudsmit, member of the ICC board, said: “We are delighted to welcome this exceptional line-up of successful Irish writers and their interviewers, to help launch our 25th anniversary celebrations.

Liz Nugent (Pic: Beta Bajgartova)

“The range and quality of the writing included here is impressive. From discussions about a novel dealing with the Middle East, to another about post-Troubles Northern Ireland, to conversations about literary crime, historical fiction, and three very different collections of short stories, these entertaining, stimulating and thought-provoking interviews reflect the lively and varied quality of contemporary Irish writing.”

All broadcasts will be available to the public free of charge, although donations will be invited to help support the ICC's ongoing cultural programme and educational activities.

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To watch the interviews click here.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

November 15: Roddy Doyle In Conversation with Carlo Gébler

November 18: Emma Donoghue In Conversation with Anne Flaherty

November 22: Donal Ryan In Conversation with Keith Hopper

November 25: Sinéad Gleeson In Conversation with Carlo Gébler

November 29: Dermot Bolger In Conversation with Anne Flaherty

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December 2:   Colum McCann In Conversation with Carlo Gébler

December 6:   Liz Nugent In Conversation with Anne Flaherty

December 9:   Carlo Gébler In Conversation with Dermot Bolger

December 13: Michelle Gallen In Conversation with Keith Hopper

December 16: John Banville In Conversation with Carlo Gébler