Saturday, August 20, 2011

Town of Books Festival programme 2011

Our 2011 Town of Books festival programme is here!

Friday 16 September
  • Booksellers &; book treasure trail: 2-6pm, free
  • Schoolchildren’s event: ‘Something’s Fishy’ at the Graiguenamanagh Library 
  • Secondary schools debate: ‘The Paper Book Is Dead, Kindle is King’ 
  • Exhibitions in Graiguenamanagh Library, 1-5pm, free
‘Lifelines’ famous people on their favourite poems; on loan from The National Library
'Scriobh Leabhar' local children’s writings
‘Mapping Urban Ireland’: historic maps of towns & cities
  • Bookclub in the library, 7pm: come join the Graiguenamanagh bookclub for a bookish chat! Free
  • 'One for The Road' the orginial play on what college life is really like, by Graig man Adrian Kavanagh returns for one more night! 8pm Duiske Inn, €10 parental guidance; some language/adult content
  • Traditional music concert: 'Full Set' at medieval Duiske Abbey, 8.30pm, €15/€10 student, OAP, unwaged 
  • (In association with traditional music festival; also this weekend, so there'll be trad music events on through out!)

Saturday 17 September
  • Booksellers &; book treasure trail: 10am-6pm. Free
  • Art at the Abbey: local artists and their works along Duiske Abbey, 10am-6pm, Free
  • Exhibitions in Graiguenamanagh Library: (see Friday) Lifelines, Scriobh Leabhar, &; Mapping Urban Ireland, 10am- 1.30 pm Free.
  • Funky Kids river crafts workshop at 11a.m, followed by kiddie disco. 11am-1pm, Scout Hall, €3
  • Shirley Lanigan, author of ‘100 Best Gardens in Ireland,’ and David Fitzgerald, Kilkenny mayor & Tidy Towns expert: If you’re a garden lover, or just love to see the beauty in our towns, come along and hear from the experts!  The Abbey Centre, 1pm; finish by walking through town and visiting some of Graig’s best gardens €5
    •  Michael D. Higgins, presidential candidate and author of ‘New and Selected Poems’: reading, talk &; book signing, 3pm, The Library, €5
    • Tweet-up! Twitter &; non-Twitter folks: meet up, hear a tale of the local area, chat, &; enjoy a traditional pub! Free. 4.30pm, Murray's pub  
  • Cookery Demonstration by local celebrity TV3 chef &; author Edward Hayden. 
     8.30pm in the Abbey Centre. Free. There will also be a raffle at the demo- are you feeling lucky? :-)

Sunday 18 September
  • Booksellers & book treasure trail: 10am-6pm. Free
  • Rowing races on the river Barrow: 10am-12pm, Free
  • Local food and craft fair: featuring the best of artisan items from Carlow and Kilkenny, including Helen Finnegan's award winning Knockadrinna Cheese. 11am-5pm, off Main Street, €2
  • Graiguenamanagh Brass Band: Ireland’s longest running brass band marching from Duiske Abbey at noon, to the craft &; food market. Free
  • Gary Quinn, Irish Times journalist and author of The Sea Road kayaking series: talk on his adventures, with video clips, 2pm, The Scout Hall, €2
•     Jazz by the Boathouse with Four Square Jazz, 3pm. Free
  • Circus street performance, The Square, 3pm. Treasure trail prizes draw after. Free
  • Children’s circus skills workshop, 8-12yrs, 4pm, The Scout Hall, €5
The Graiguenamanagh Town of Books festival is part of the Kilkenny Community Festivals Network which comprises six festivals in county Kilkenny and is generously supported by KLP (Kilkenny Leader Partnership).