Sunday ” In Conversation With”

Registration: 3pm

3.15pm – 4pm

Meet Emer Martin & Helena Mulkerns

Emer Martin latest novel ‘The Cruelty Men’ publishes by Lilliput Press has received international critical acclaim and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year at Listowel Writers’ Week. 
This book is a sweeping multi-generational view of an Irish-speaking family who moved from Kerry to the Meath Gaeltacht and the disasters that befall their children in Irish institutions. ‘Emer Martin’s novel about dark old Ireland should propel her to the forefront of Irish letters.’ Irish Times. 

Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the U.S. in 1997. More Bread Or I’ll Appear, her second novel was published internationally in 1999.

Emer studied painting in New York and has had two sell-out solo shows of her paintings at the Origin Gallery in Harcourt St, Dublin.

Her third novel Baby Zero, was published in the UK and Ireland March 07, and released in the U.S. 2014. She released her first children’s book Why is the Moon Following Me? in 2013. Pooka is a Halloween book for children released in 2016. Her latest children book The Pig who Danced was released in 2017.

She completed her third short film Unaccompanied. She produced Irvine Welsh’s directorial debut NUTS in 2007. Emer was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. She now lives between the depths of Silicon Valley, CA and the jungles of Co. Meath, Ireland.

Helena Mulkerns

Helena Mulkerns has worked as a freelance journalist, editor and photographer and as a Press Officer with UN Peacekeeping.  Her short fiction has been published internationally and award-nominated in Ireland and the United States.  
Her first book, the themed short story collection FERENJI is available from her website, here.

4pm – 5pm

Meet Imelda O’Reilly and Fintan Kelly

Imelda O’Reilly is an independent writer, filmmaker and producer and a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA film program.  Her award winning film Bricks, Beds and Sheep’s Heads was a Student Academy Award Nominee and has shown internationally at over 30 film festivals.  As a commissioned writer her work has been developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, and at residencies with New York Theatre Workshop (at Vassar College) Voice and Vision Envision Retreat (at Bard College) and Ucross Foundation (in Clearmont, Wyoming).  Her work has been performed at BAM Café, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mabou Mines, Theatre for the New City and at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center. Find out more here

Fintan kelly began acting 4 years ago with Enniscorthy Drama Group and performed in no less than 12 productions with them! He made his feature film debut last year in Gerald Walsh’s critically acclaimed ‘Release‘ which premiered at last years Galway Film Fleadh and has landed featured roles in HBO series Game Of Thrones and the Syfy series Krypton. He has studied at the Irish Film Academy, Limelight, Feature Film School and with award winning Irish director Terry McMahon. He is currently touring the country with the one man show Howie the Rookie by Mark O Rowe. REad more about Fintan Kelly here.

Short Film: Ignatius

‘Ignatius’ tells the tale of Ignatius Doyle, a family man and local politician, who is respected by all and the film gives us an insight into a day in his life. A family drama, this film includes sensitive subject matter which some viewers may find disturbing. Written and directed by Fintan Kelly, the film boasts an entirely local cast including Gemma Delaney, Kate Breen, Rónán P Byrne, Paul O Reilly, Niall Holohan, Sheelagh Delaney, Liam Doyle, Lorraine Kelly, Fintan Kelly and introducing Jennifer and Mary Kelly, and was shot entirely in Enniscorthy