Friday 30 June 8 pm
Free/saor in aisce
Caint agus Craic!
Felicity Hayes McCoy and Trevis Gleason in conversation
To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week we’ve invited two of
our local writers who have made their home in Dingle to compare notes. What brought them here? What do they love (or not) about the place?
And how does it inform their writing?
Based partly in London and partly Back West, Felicity
bestrides the Irish Sea. She is the author of two bestselling memoirs The House
on an Irish Hillside, and Enough is Plenty; and A Woven Silence, a tribute to her aunt who played a significant role in
1916. She’s also published two novels, The Library at the Edge of the World and Summer at the Garden Café, and a personal guide to the area Dingle and its Hinterland (Collins Press 2017) with photos by her husband Wilf Judd. She blogs at felicityhayes-mccoy.blogspot.com
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1966, Trevis L. Gleason had lived a life many would consider quite full by the time he was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2001 at the age of 35. Once Youngest Coastguardsman of the Year in Michigan, he subsequently managed a successful career as a chef until his world came crashing down.
His memoir Chef Interrupted: Discovering Life's Second
Course in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis (Collins Press 2017) recounts his
experiences with wit, honesty and self-effacing humour (plus recipes) and explains what drew him to
Dingle. A book on Dingle dinners will
be published in the autumn.
Trevis is now a leading voice for people with MS and a
multitude of chronic illnesses. His blog, Trevis L Gleason’s Life With MS, is
one of the longest running, most widely read and respected on the topic. He also writes regular blog posts for the MS
Society of the United Kingdom as well as for the National (US) Multiple
We’re looking forward to our annual summer visit from
faculty and students of the University of Maine Stonecoast creative writing MFA
Stonecoast in Ireland
8 – 13 July
Programme hosts poets Ted
and Annie Deppe have lived in Ireland since 2000, and have got to know the country
and its writers well. They have brought to the Dingle Bookshop such
distinguished names as Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, Claire Keegan, Carlo Gébler,
and Kevin Barry, who will be here again this year.
Saturday 8 July, 7.30
Author of the acclaimed novels City of
won the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awardand Beatlebone, based on John Lennon’s brief ownership of an
island off the west coast of Ireland, and of two collections of short stories There are little Kingdoms and Dark Lies the Island , Kevin offers a reading like
no other. ‘I love reading my work. I’m
98 per cent ham’ he says.
Sunday 9 July, 7.30
Annie Deppe, Ted
Deppe, and Susan Conley
Theodore Deppe worked as a registered nurse for many years
before becoming a full-time writer and teacher. He is the author of five poetry
collections. His latest volume is Beautiful Wheel (Arlen House 2014).
Annie Deppe is the author of Sitting in the Sky (Summer Palace Press, 2003) named one of the
best books of the year by Philip Hobsbaum, and Wren Cantata. She has a poem
in the Forward Book of Poetry 2004. She
teaches poetry at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Susan Conley’s memoir The
Foremost Good Fortune, won her the Maine Literary Award and a Goodreads
Choice Award. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine,
Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Paris Review, Harvard Review, Massachusetts
Review, and elsewhere. Her latest work Stop Here this is the Place is a
collection of stories inspired by a photographs of daily life taken each week
by her neighbour, photographer Winky
Monday 10 July 7.30
Ian McDonald is an award winning British science fiction novelist
living in Belfast. His themes include nanotechnology, postcyberpunk settings,
and the impact of rapid social and technological change on non-Western
societies. He is the author of three sequences of sci fi novels, the latest of
which has been called ‘Game of Thrones in space’. Of his latest book Luna: Wolf Moon he says ‘I'm still
writing about developing economies, it’s just that this one happens to be on
Wednesday 12 July, 7.30 pm
Kate Newmann and Joan
An electrifying poetry double act!
Originally from Armagh, Joan was a member of the Philip
Hobsbaum Belfast Group which included James Simmons and Seamus Heaney and was
at the centre of the poetry renaissance in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.
Her collections include Coming
of Age (The Blackstaff Press, 1995); Thin
Ice (Abbey Press, 1999); Belongings (with
Kate Newmann) (Arlen House, 2007) and Prone (Summer Palace Press, 2007).
She is co-founder with her daughter Kate of Summer Palace
Press, and was the recipient of the Samhain International Poetry Festival’s
Craobh na hÉigse Award in 2004.
Kate Newmann was born in Co Down in 1965. Her poetry collections are The Blind Woman in the Blue House
(Summer Palace Press, 2001); Belongings
(with Joan Newmann), (Arlen House, 2007); and Grim (Arlen House, 2015).
Thursday 13 July 7.30
The Grand Finale: Readings by 10 Stonecoast writers.
Please join us for a lively evening of
fiction, creative nonfiction, popular fiction, and poetry, with readings by
Master’s degree students in the Stonecoast MFA course:
McSweeney Brower, Minerva Canto,
Lee Kahrs, Heather Mydosh, Kaitlin Nichols, Laurie Notch, Erin Roberts,
Rubenstein, & Jack
All events are free.
Contributions from the audience are welcome at the Grand