ECHOES, Celebrating Maeve Binchy and Irish writers and writing. October 6th - 8th 2023, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre “Together We Rise” “Success is not like a cake that needs to be divided. It’s more like a heap of stones – a cairn. If someone is successful, they add a stone to the cairn.” Maeve Binchy Maeve Binchy was loved the world over for her insight, humour and empathy. Showing support for communities, loved ones, and fellow writers was very important to her. With an exciting line-up of events and speakers, ECHOES 2023 celebrates the role standing together plays in success. Across fiction, non-fiction, stage and screen, ECHOES 2023 unites some of our finest contemporary creative voices to share their stories. Friday, October 6th End of Term, a Rehearsed Reading of Maeve’s first stage play, directed by Conall Morrison with a stellar cast. An ex-teacher, Maeve gives the inside track on what teachers really think of end of term! Followed by Post -Show discussion. 7.30 pm. Saturday October 7th Together We Rise… an exciting day of conversations and readings featuring: Francis Brennan, Aingeala Flannery, Edel Coffey, Emer McLysaght, Donal Fallon, Clodagh Finn, Nicola Tallant, Jim Culleton, Dominic Dromgoole, Karina Molloy, Maeve O’Rourke, Ian Robertson, Katie Hannon, Neil Hegarty, Caroline Erskine, Madeleine Keane, Lia Mills, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Andrew Hughes, Niall Mac Monagle, Oliver Callan, Sarah Binchy and Gordon Snell. Sunday October 8th Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers Walk from Dalkey Castle, 11am. Full details and all booking at echoes.ie. Friday and Saturday events are live and indoors. Half day and full day tickets available for Saturday. Limited tickets available for all events. Booking fees apply. Full programme and booking at echoes.ie. “Maeve exemplifies a way of being where success and keeping your feet on the ground are not mutually exclusive, where hope is not artificially inflated with hubris, where to encourage the talent of others is more important than precious one-upmanship, where the glass is always half full rather than half-empty.” Former President Mary McAleese, presenting Maeve Binchy with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, 2010 ECHOES. Ireland’s only literary festival with Maeve Binchy at its heart.
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