Eclectic Mix At Eighth Dromineer Literary Fest

The eighth annual Dromineer Literary Festival will take place from Thursday, September 29, to Sunday, October 2, at Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer village.

The eighth annual Dromineer Literary Festival will take place from Thursday, September 29, to Sunday, October 2, at Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer village.

On opening night, Dermot Healy, Kerry Hardie and Catherine Phil McCarthy will give a poetry reading at 8pm in the yacht club, and on Saturday night, October 1, The Poetry Divas will perform in The Whiskey Still pub in the village.

The Meet the Authors event attracts huge audiences each year, and the literary festival organisers said they were delighted that Jennifer Johnston and John MacKenna will be reading and in discussion on October 1 at 8pm at Lough Derg Yacht Club.

A performance presented by the renowned Nenagh Players to close the weekend is of CS Lewis’ A Grief Observed. This one-man show, adapted and performed by Ronan Dodd, will take place from 8pm, Sunday, October 2. A Grief Observed was written by Lewis after the death of his wife, Joy Gresham, from cancer in 1960.

The Sunday afternoon event aboard the passenger vessel The Spirit of Killaloe, is entitled The Living Lake. Scientists Rick Boelens and Dan Minchin will give a talk on the hidden depths of Lough Derg, its biodiversity and environmental heritage. Places are strictly limited, to ensure a place, please contact Eleanor at emhooker@ eircom.net

This year, for the first time, the festival will feature film. A short movie, written and directed by George Hooker, and produced by Sorcha MacKenna, students at DIT, will be premiered at 3pm on October 1 at Lough Derg Yacht Club. Filmed on location in Dromineer in June 2010, the movie stars Nenagh Players actors, the late Stephen Toohey (with the kind blessings of his family), Niamh Hogan and Olly Griffin. All are welcome an dadmission is free.

Also on October 1, David Shaw-Smith will give a talk on his landmark documentary series, Hands. Boatbuilder, with Shannon-one-design boatbuilder Jimmy Furey attending as special guest. Other films in the Hands series will be screened at Neddy’s Cottage in the village, thoughout the weekend.

For full details log on to the festival’s website - www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie or visit them on Facebook.