Tóibín and McBride join line-up for Irish Cultural Centre festival

Tóibín and McBride join line-up for Irish Cultural Centre festival

Colm Tóibín and Eimear McBride are among the writers appearing at the Irish Cultural Centre’s upcoming literary festival, A Celebration of Contemporary Irish Writing. 

This weekend event, running from 15th–17th October, will be opened by the Irish Ambassador, who will launch a packed programme of live interviews, events and readings. 

Other acclaimed, award-winning Irish authors taking part include Dermot Bolger, Glenn Patterson, Carlo Gébler, Susan McKay, Eoin McNamee, Mary Costello and Séamas O’Reilly. 

The festival will conclude with the premiere of Sé Merry Doyle’s documentary about festival patron Edna O’Brien. This will include an interview with the writer by Dr Maureen O’Connor, author of a soon-to-be-published monograph on O’Brien. 

Other interviews will be conducted by writer and broadcaster Gébler, writer and publisher Bolger, London-based journalists Anne Flaherty and Dorothy Allen, along with academics O’Connor and Dr Keith Hopper. 

Dr Anne Goudsmit, a member of the ICC board, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming this exceptional line-up of successful Irish writers and their interviewers as a continuation of our 25th anniversary celebrations. Whatever your interest is—memoir, literary crime, fictionalised biography, journalism, essay writing or just a cracking good read—do come along and join us! I am confident you will find something entertaining, amusing, stimulating and thought-provoking in our weekend programme.” 

More information and tickets, those interested can visit the ICC website.