Bray Literary Festival: one for the many, not the few

Some of the faces appearing at Bray Literary Festival in September People in ecstasy or mud were not a surprise at Glastonbury. Then Jeremy Corbyn walked on stage and electrified everyone as he read a 200-year-old poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley – raising a battle cry from people with the potential to change everything. Sharing things which shape us, which move us, is more important than ever, believes Annemarie Ní Churreáin, whose poetry collection Bloodroot (Doire Press) debuts this autumn. “In these strange times, literature festivals are essential. We need spaces in society that promote writers and writing. The arts are, after all, the radios by which we hear ourselves and others, the mirrors by which we can begin to understand who we really are.” Annmarie is one of more than 30 exciting artists taking part in Bray Literary Festival (September 23rd-24th), a new event curated by Tanya Farrelly. Farrelly is author of The Girl Behind the Lens (Harper Collins, 2016) and won this year’s Kate O’Brien award for her short story collection When Black Dogs Sing (Arlen House, 2016). She knows how competitive the festival circuit can be, which is part of the reason she and her husband […]

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