BOOKS: Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood for Clifden Arts Festival

Ireland’s longest-running community arts festival returns for its 45th installment this September, as the Clifden Arts Festival returns to full capacity across the Connemara region from September 15th – 25th – with an international literary legend in attendance.
Margaret Atwood, the two-time Booker Prize winner and author of The Handmaid’s TaleThe Blind Assassin and The Testaments, will join author Elaine Feeney in conversation at this year’s Clifden bash, to discuss a celebrated career spanning six decades to date, and a formidable body of work infused with an unerring ability to anticipate future realities, from the environment to women’s reproductive rights.

Nuala O’Connor

This year’s festival also celebrates the centenary of James Joyce’s Ulysses, with a focus on Joyce’s Galwegian wife and muse Nora Barnicle; Nuala O’Connor will discuss her best-selling novel Nora with Ray Burke, author of Joyce County, while Curlew Theatre Company present NORAMOLLYANNALIVIALUCIA: The Muse & Mister Joyce and filmmaker Tristan Heanue will premiere a new film installation that combines Joyce, the Connemara landscape, and acclaimed actor Olwen Fouéré.

Manchán Magan

Writer and cultural historian Manchán Magan will give the annual John Moriarty Memorial Lecture, while broadcaster John Creedon brings his treasury of knowledge about Irish folklore and placenames to a special event at Clidfen’s Staton House Theatre, and celebrated wildlife filmmaker Doug Allen presents his illustrated lecture An Eye Below Zero.

The Legendary Ingramettes

Renowned for its eclectic music programme, 2022 brings America’s ‘First Family’ of gospel music The Legendary Ingramettes to the West, as well as the RTÉ Concert Big Band’s tribute to jazz icons Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington and a rousing homegrown lineup that includes Galway songwriting trio The Whileaways, much-loved accordionist Máirtín O’Connor, and duo Zoë Conway and  John Mc Intyre.

Elsewhere, you’ll find popular CAF favourites like the art trail, and elf and fairy trail for children and the Grand Parade through the heart of Clifden.

The Clifden Arts Festival runs from September 15th – 25th 2022 – find out more here.

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