Books of the Unexpected


Kaleidoscope is delighted to announce our spoken word programme for grown-ups:


a stage dedicated to writing and thinking 

located in the The Blessington Bookstore Marquee


As the clock chimes midday, join authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen of smash hit success Oh My God What A Complete Aisling for a chat on the extraordinary rise and rise of Aisling.

In the teeth of the biggest ever existential threat to the planet, a heavy-hitting panel of experts - Prof. Yvonne Buckley (Chair of Zoology, TCD), David Donoghue (Former Ambassador to the UN), Andrew Jackson (Environmental Law UCD), John Fitzgerald (Chair, Climate Change Advisory Council), hosted by Hannah Hamilton (Éirewild) - talk about the only subject that really matters in 'A Global State of Emergency.'

Festival headliner Imelda May and serial ringmaster-of-musicians Jerry Fish talk about the importance of roots, and the music of travellers, and music that travels.

Cartoon Saloon boss Paul Young - 4-times Oscar-nominated, no less - talks to Darkmouth author Shane Hegarty about all things storytelling.

Today FM's unstoppable force Alison Curtis talks us through her favourite music books from this year.

And then to wrap it all up, Vicki McGahon of Kingston Lafferty Design talks about challenges and rewards of working in the demanding interior architecture and design industry, and how she balances a creative career with a young family.


Join us for the Sunday Supplement - a humorous, philosophical and plain shocking review of the Sunday newspapers, with columnist Larissa Nolan talking to special guests.

Hear performance poet Emmet Kirwan and musician Jerry Fish chew the cud with a chat on class, deviance and revelation.

Comedian and broadcaster Colm O'Regan talks to journalist Larissa Nolan about his maiden voyage (well, first novel) Anne Devine: Ready for Her Close Up.

And no weekend would be complete without the incisive humour of Paddy Cullivan: he needs 60 minutes of your time to explain absolutely everything in The Joy of Brex.

This programme is curated and brought to you by Hugo Jellett (Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas) and Naoise Nunn (Electric Picnic’s Mindfield).

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