Granard Booktown Festival
April 19 - 21 2024
Sinéad Burke to Attend Opening Night
Writer, advocate and fashion icon Sinéad Burke to attend Granard Booktown 2023.
We are excited to announce that the writer, advocate and fashion icon Sinéad Burke will be joining us on April 21st to chat about her career with Rick O'Shea.
Sinéad Burke is a Disabled educator, advocate and author who champions accessibility, equity and social justice to build a better world for everyone. In 2020, she founded the accessibility consultancy Tilting the Lens on the three pillars of education, advocacy and design. Advising major global brands, including Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Netflix, Pinterest and Starbucks, Tilting the Lens guides clients in their move from awareness to action by creating more accessible practices, policies, products and services, places and promotions.
Sinéad serves on Gucci's Global Equity Board, ITV's Cultural Advisory Council, the Irish President's Council of State and Ireland's Future of Media Commission. She is also part of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, as well as the European Young Leaders. As a passionate writer, podcast host and public speaker, Sinéad facilitates honest conversations about identity, disability and accessibility. Her work has been featured and recognised by Vogue, The Financial Times, Fast Company, WWD, Vanity Fair, The Business of Fashion, and many more. In 2017, she delivered a powerful TED Talk on 'Why design should include everyone.' Her children's book, 'Break the Mould,' is a primer on how to take your place in the world – with lessons for all. It won the 'An Post Irish Book Award' in 2020.
This event is in partnership with the Rick O'Shea Book Club and will take place on April 21st at 7 pm in Granard Library. Tickets go on sale March 28th via our website and box office in Granard.
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Shaunagh is the Director of Communications and Media at the Clooney Foundation. She was nominated for an Emmy award and won a duPont-Columbia award.
Rick is an RTE Broadcaster, Book Pusher and Event Host. He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club – Ireland’s largest book club with almost 40,000 members.
Mary is the former Longford County Librarian and Head of Creative Ireland Longford. She has a long history of supporting both the arts and literature across the county.
Richard is a Man Booker Prize Winning Author and widely considered “the finest Australian novelist of his generation. ”
"As a child of Longford (Tasmania) where my Irish forebears were sent as convicts during the Famine, I feel an odd affinity with Longford (Ireland). I know the affirmative and sometimes transformative power of small places dreaming themselves anew and so I was delighted to be asked to be a patron of the Granard Booktown Festival. One word follows another and in this way sentences, novels and new worlds are made and so I hope too with this festival and the town it celebrates."
"Longford is a place brimming with talented authors and journalists. It’s a place that churns out great literature and deserves the limelight. I’m not only honoured to be a patron of Ireland’s first Book Town due to take place in my home county but also deeply humbled I get to be part of something so creative in the place I found my personal love of books and writing."
"I couldn't have been more thrilled when I was asked to be one of the Patrons for a brand-new festival and the inauguration of Granard as a Book Town. It's a place that's perfect for a new project like this and, in the heartland of what is already a thriving arts scene in Longford, I'm certain it's going to become one of the annual highlights of the calendar. There are already some amazing local, national, and international guests lined up. See you there on the weekend!"
""I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to support this exciting new initiative. Granard is a town steeped in a rich literary and musical tradition. It was home to the first Harp festival in Ireland and the acclaimed Irish writers Padraic Colum, Noel Monahan and John Connell have all drawn inspiration from its beautiful natural landscape and wonderful people. It is an ideal venue to start a new book festival celebrating great writing and sharing stories to as wide an audience as possible as well as championing new and emerging talent.""