Friday 30 September 2016

TV legend Parkinson to headline this year's Mountain to the Sea book festival

Laura Larkin

Published 03/02/2016 | 08:01

Michael Parkinson
Michael Parkinson

Broadcasting legend Michael Parkinson (inset) will headline this year's Dun Laoghaire Rathdown book festival.

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The veteran journalist will be joined on stage by his son Mike at the Pavilion Theatre to discuss his career and to show excerpts from the Parkinson archives.

The Mountains to the Sea festival takes place between March 9 and 13 this year with a host of big names including Cecelia Ahern, Martina Conlon-McKenna and Louise O'Neill.

This year extra events, to be held in Dundrum, have been added, including a reader's day at the Airfield estate.

During the event crime writers Alex Barclay, Karen Gillece and Paul Perry will discuss their new novels with Vanessa O'Loughlin.

Broadcaster Evelyn O'Rourke will meet novelist Sheila O'Flanagan.

Movies at Dundrum will host special screenings of films based on books, with discussions afterward.

Some of Ireland's best-known female writers and broadcasters will present Women and Words.

Sabina Higgins, Miriam O'Callaghan, Jennifer Johnston and others will read excerpts from women's literature, journals and letters.

The family-friendly festival will also feature a number of children's authors, including Sarah Crossan.

Presenter Ryan Tubridy will be joined by Moone Boy actor David Rawle for the Great Big Family Book Show.

Tickets and the full list of events are available at www.mountainstothesea.ie or by calling the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire.

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