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Granard Booktown Festival

April 19 - 21 2024


April 21

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Seán Ó Súilleabháin - Granard Through The Ages
Join acclaimed local historian and writer Seán Ó Súilleabháin who will open the festival.
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Séan Columb in Conversation with Sally Hayden
Granard author Seán Columb sits down with journalist and author Sally Hayden.
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Donal Ryan in conversation with Fran McNulty
Join one of Ireland’s favourite writers Donal Ryan in conversation with Fran McNulty.
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April 22

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Children's Event - David and Adam King
Join Adam and his dad David King as they share a workshop on David’s bestselling books.
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Suzanne Smith in conversation with Barb Fitzgerald
Join Suzanne Smith, a six-time Walkley Award-winning investigative reporteras she discusses her award-winning book “The Altar Boys”.
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Adrian Duncan in conversation with Belinda McKeon
Join local author Adrian Duncan Jnr in conversation with author and academic Belinda McKeon.
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Sally Hayden in Conversation with Shaunagh Connaire
Join award-winning journalist and author Sally Hayden in conversation with Emmy-nominated journalist Shaunagh Connaire.
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Writer's Workshop
Three award-winning Longford writers, Belinda McKeon, John Connell and Adrian Duncan, sit down to discuss their writing approach.
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Tim Flannery in Conversation with Ella McSweeney.
Journalist and presenter Ella McSweeney sits down with renowned climate scientist and writer Professor Tim Flannery.
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April 23

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Children's Event - Shelly Corcoran
Local author Shelley Corcoran reads from her new children’s book The Most Irish Person.
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Manchán Magan in Conversation with Mary Reynolds
Join filmmaker, bestselling author, and all-around tour de force Manchán Magan as he talks about his latest book, Listen To The Land Speak.
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Kate Holden In Conversation with Fran McNulty
International bestselling author, journalist and thinker Kate Holden speaks to RTE’s Fran McNulty.
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Noel Monahan Poetry Reading
Join Granard poet Noel Monahan as he reads some of his works at a very special event.
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Mark Tighe in conversation with Rick O' Shea
Join Mark Tighe, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed news journalists in conversation with RTE’s Rick O’ Shea.
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Sinéad Burke in Conversation with Rick O Shea
World-renowned educator, advocate, author and fashion icon Sinéad Burke sits down with Rick O’Shea.
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Special Guest - Mark Tighe
Ronan O' Toole | 01 April | 2023
Author of the Award-Winning Champagne Football Mark Tighe joins Granard Booktown 2023.
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Notice - Event Cancelled
Ronan O' Toole | 31 March | 2023
Please note - Emma Dabiri in conversation with Rick O'Shea has been cancelled.
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Official Programme Launched
Ronan O' Toole | 25 February | 2023
The full line up has been announced for this year's festival.
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Our Patrons

Granard Booktown is supported by our wonderful patrons, who will help shape the festival going forward.
shaunagh connaire

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.

Shaunagh Connaire
rick o shea

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.

Rick O' Shea
mary reynolds

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.

Mary Carleton Reynolds

Richard is a Man Booker Prize Winning Author and widely considered “the finest Australian novelist of his generation. ”

Richard Flanagan

"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."

Richard Flanagan

"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."

Shaunagh Connaire

"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!"

Rick O' Shea

""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.""

Mary Reynolds

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