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27th Jun 2024
to 30th Jun 2024

Age Range
All ages

The BOOK MARKet Café

Market Street

Hinterland Festival 2024

The Hinterland festival began life as the Hay/Kells Festival in 2013, in collaboration with the Hay Literary Festival in Wales. In 2017 it evolved into Hinterland and has now run numerous events under this name.

Hinterland is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival based in the spiritual home of the Book of Kells in Co. Meath. The festival was conceived as a way of bringing people to the beautiful heritage town to walk in the footsteps of pilgrims past, bringing visitors on an illuminating journey of debate, discussion, reflection and imagination on the world as it is, and how it might be.

To date Hinterland has  welcomed an array of stellar guests to Kells, including all the leading Irish fiction writers (Colm Tóibín, Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Joseph O’Connor, John Boyne, John Banville, Liz Nugent, Marion Keyes) ; Sinead Gleeson, Deirdre Kinahan and a number of major UK writers and artists (Germaine Greer, Jung Chang, Jeremy Paxman, Brian Eno, Ben Okri, Hanif Kureishi, Jeannette Winterson, Louis de Bernières). They have welcomed many more wonderful participants, crossing all genres such as Luke O’Neill, Catriona Crowe, Diarmaid Ferriter, Peter Frankopan, Nick Davies, Frank McGuiness, Gerry Adams, Tom Dunne, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Lisa Lambe, Richard Ford, Mary O’Rourke, Joe Duffy, Francis Brennan, Ryan Tubridy, the list goes on...

Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.

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