Friday 24 May 2019

Amis just one chapter in a stellar event for book-lovers

Madeleine Keane previews the exciting Sunday Independent Books Festival

Madeleine Keane

Is there any end to our exciting adventures here on the books page? In our never-ending quest to enchant our readers, we're delighted to launch our very own Sunday Independent Books Festival.

BOOKS 2008 kicks off on Friday, September 5 with what I hope you, the readers, will agree is a glittering mix of glamour and gravitas. Our stellar line-up includes, among others, Martin Amis, John Banville, Hugo Hamilton, Marian Keyes and Anthony Horowitz.

We fervently hope that this will become a popular annual festival, and to that end we've lined up a mix of well-known, well-loved Irish authors and thrown in some show- stopping international names to the mix.

This book-lovers' weekend will take place from September 5 to 7 in various city locations, including Trinity College, the National Gallery and our own Independent colleges, located on Dawson Street.

Also, making a rare Irish appearance will be novelist Martin Amis and his wife, Isabel Fonseca. Amis will be reading from his latest book, The Second Plane, a collection of essays, reviews, and short stories on the subject of the post-9/11 global situation. He will also conduct a public conversation with Declan Hughes. Accompanying Amis will be his wife, whose latest novel, Attachment, has attracted stunning reviews, and she'll read on a glamorous double bill with Wicklow resident Rebecca Miller, whose impeccable literary ancestry is well known -- her father was the late, great Arthur Miller. Miller's debut novel, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, has been a notable success here and abroad.

In addition to celebrating the more serious literary end of the spectrum, Books 2008 will also feature genre fiction, creative writing seminars and children's events.

A major attraction is likely to be a series of Irish Crime Writing events featuring such stars of the genre as John Connolly, Gene Kerrigan, Tana French, Alex Barclay, Ruth Dudley Edwards, and Arlene Hunt. Aspiring authors can also hear top writers discussing the intricacies of their craft in the Creative Writing Seminars.

These will cover fiction, poetry and memoir and will include Anita Notaro, Julia Kelly, Sarah Webb, Sinead Moriarty and Martina Devlin. For more advanced writers, Director of Trinity's Oscar Wilde Centre for Creative Writing, Gerald Dawe, will offer a poetry and fiction masterclass.

And of course, we never forget one of our most important constituencies -- children. There's a selection of events headlined by one of Britain's top children's writers, creator of the popular Alex Rider series, Anthony Horowitz. And also making welcome appearances will be Marita Conlon-McKenna, Judy Curtin, and Derek Landy.

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