ECHOES returns to Dalkey in  October to celebrate Maeve Binchy and other writers

by Gazette Reporter
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Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre has announced that ECHOES 2023 will take place from 6th October – 8th October. ECHOES is Ireland’s only literary festival with Maeve Binchy at its heart and the theme for this year’s event is “Together We Rise”. 

With an exciting line-up of events and speakers, ECHOES 2023 celebrates the role that standing together plays in success. Across fiction, non-fiction, stage and screen, ECHOES 2023 unites some of our finest contemporary and creative voices to share their stories.   

On Friday, October 6t ‘End of Term’, a rehearsed reading of Maeve’s first stage play, directed by Conall Morrison with a stellar cast, will be performed. An ex-teacher, Maeve gives the inside track on what teachers really think of end of term! Followed by post -show discussion.  

On Saturday October 7, there will be 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’RourkeIan 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.  

Francis Brennan will be talking about life, making the most of opportunities and having Maeve Binchy to stay. Aingeala Flannery, Edel Coffey, and Emer McLysaght will be discussing why Maeve was the standard bearer for authors who came after her, while Oliver Callan will be bringing his unique take on life to Dalkey. Plus lots more! 

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