Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Finsceal 2007

Finsceal 2007 is Fingal County Libraries annual writers' and readers' events. The most interesting looking day is I Prefer Reading in the Radisson airport hotel on Saturday 29th September. It is programmed by the writer Sarah Webb and looks great.
Book early with the Fingal Arts Office from 10.30 on 7th Aug 01 8906237 or

Here's the blurb:

Book lovers unite! If you love books, this day is for you. Find out why some women write grisly crime novels. Is chick lit a derogatory term? Our panel will decide. And hear how best selling UK author, Katie Fforde got her first break.
A stimulating thought provoking day for all readers and writers.

10.00 Welcome
Carmel Turner, Senior Librarian and Sarah Webb, author of When the Boys are Away

10.05 - 10.45 The Great Chick Lit Debate: What Exactly is Chick Lit and is it a derogatory Term?
Our panel of experts discuss this thorny topic - Chaired by Martina Devlin

Katie Fforde - Going Dutch
Catherine Daly - French Affair
Patricia Deevy - Editorial Director, Penguin Ireland
Alison Walsh - Freelance Editor and journalist, Irish Independent

10.45 - 11.15 What Lies Beneath: How Family History and Personal Experience Shape the Novel
Chaired by Tracy Culleton
Geraldine O’Neill - A Different Kind of Dream
Susanne O’Leary - Finding Margot
Martina Devlin - Ship of Dreams

11.15 to 11.35
Coffee and Bookshop with thanks to Hughes and Hughes Books
Your chance to meet and get a book signed by one of your favourite authors.

11.35 to 12.00
The Five Minute Fix
A host of your favourite authors give you a taster of their latest novel or novel in progress

Sarah Webb, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Lucy Diamond, Anne Dunlop, Clare Dowling

12.00 - 12.45 This Writer’s Life: Katie Fforde in conversation with Jacinta McDevitt
One of the UK’s most popular authors talks about her writing life and latest book, Going Dutch. Followed by questions from the floor.

12.45 – 1.45
Lunch and Bookshop

1.45 - 2.30 The Secret Life of the Mammy: The Rise of Mummy Lit
Chaired by Sarah Webb

Sinead Moriarty - In My Sister’s Shoes
Niamh Greene - The Secret Diary of a Demented Housewife
Lucy Diamond - Any Way You Want Me

Plus some short readings from the new collection, Mum’s the Word

2.30 – 3.10 Murder Most Foul: The Truth about Women and Crime
Why do women write crime novels?
Chaired by Vanessa O’Loughlin

Julie Parsons - The Hourglass
Alex Barclay - The Caller

3.10 – 3.30 Coffee and Bookshop

3.30 to 4.30 If At First You Don’t Succeed: The Writer’s Path

For Writers and All Those Interested in Writing and Writers

Chairs: Catherine Daly and Sarah Webb

I Keep Getting Rejected, What’s Wrong with Me?
Coping with Rejection: Two Writers’ Tales
Vanessa O’Loughlin and Megan Wynne (no books published as yet)

I Keep Getting Distracted by the X Factor
Staying motivated and making the time to write: how writers juggle busy lives with writing
Clare Dowling - My Fabulous Divorce; Jacinta McDevitt and Ger Gallagher, Poolbeg authors

Ideas for Books and Writing Good Book Proposals
How authors come up with new book ideas and how they pitch them to their editors
Martina Reilly - All I Want is You; and Marita Conlon McKenna - The Hat Shop on the Corner

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