Speaking With Strangers
The theme of the 2019 Festival will be 'Speaking with Strangers'. We agree that it has been an extraordinary year for anyone who is a 'stranger'. We have also witnessed a remarkable year for literature exploring the stories and experiences of strangers – both universal and personal. In 2019 we are thrilled to welcome some truly gifted storytellers including Margaret Drabble, Michael Holroyd, Sally Rooney, Jess Kidd, Kate Mosse, John Boyne, Emma Donoghue and in association with The Arts Council, Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry.