Books: Ireland comes to Cheltenham

Irish writing makes up one glittering strand of this year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature, in association with The Independent, which runs from 10 to 19 October. Exactly 100 years after W B Yeats and Lady Gregory launched an Irish National Theatre (and after Oscar Wilde left Reading jail), the literature of Ireland flourishes in new forms that reflect a young, culture as well as the country's rich heritage.

Cheltenham's Irish Weekend, supported by Ireland's Sunday Independent, takes place on 11 and 12 October and will bring together a galaxy of Irish talent. Novelist Edna O'Brien (left) - whose work has charted the shift from tradition to modernity - will be talking about her fiction with Festival director, John Walsh. Oxford's first professor of Irish history, Roy Foster, will discuss his epic biography of Yeats. Meanwhile, another great figure from the Anglo-Irish past - Richard Brinsley Sheridan - will be unmasked by his biographer, Linda Kelly.

Present-day Ireland's hopes and fears will be discussed by a panel that includes the novelists Colm Tobn and Clare Boylan, and the columnist and author Mary Kenny. From the North, Ciaran Carson, Maurice Leitch and Robert McLiam Wilson explain the inspiration of Belfast and beyond. Irish music will feature in a late-night session of verse and song involving poets Rita Ann Higgins and Michael Longley, with the Celtic fusion of the Deirdre Cunningham Band. Among a host of Irish novelists, Dermot Bolger, Hugo Hamilton and Aidan Higgins will speak about their work. And John Wyse Jackson will remember the extraordinary John Stanislaus Joyce: rogue, lover, raconteur - and the father of James.

An "Irish Rover" ticket to the Weekend costs pounds 55 (pounds 50 concessions) and gives entry to 14 separate events. For details of this, and the Festival as a whole, ring the Brochure Hotline on 01242 237377. To book tickets, call the box office on 01242 227979.

News
newsVideo targets undecided voters
Arts and Entertainment
Singer Pixie Lott will take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2014, the BBC has confirmed
tv
Life and Style
Cooked up: reducing dietary animal fat might not be as healthy as government advice has led millions of people to believe
healthA look at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
News
Evan Spiegel, the founder of Snapchat, dropped out of Stanford University just before graduation to develop his app
techAnd yes, it is quite a lot
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Retail Business Architect

    Flexible for the right candidate: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: I have a fa...

    Calypso Developer

    £500 - £700 per day: Harrington Starr: Calypso Developer Calypso, J2SE, XML, ...

    IT Developer/Analyst

    £35000 - £36000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A market leading financia...

    Pricing Manager, Finance, Edinburgh, £250-350p/d

    £250 - £350 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: My client, a leading bank, is cur...

    Day In a Page

    Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

    Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

    A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
    Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

    The science of herding is cracked

    Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
    Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

    This tyrant doesn’t rule

    It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
    Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

    From strung out to playing strings

    Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
    The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

    A big fat surprise about nutrition?

    The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
    Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

    Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

    The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
    On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

    On the road to nowhere

    A Routemaster trip to remember
    Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

    Hotel India

    Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
    10 best pencil cases

    Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

    Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
    Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

    Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

    Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
    Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

    Pete Jenson: A Different League

    Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
    This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

    The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

    Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
    Britain’s superstar ballerina

    Britain’s superstar ballerina

    Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
    Berlin's Furrie invasion

    Berlin's Furrie invasion

    2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
    ‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

    ‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

    Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis