Will Self, Eimear McBride, Julian Cope and Roddy Doyle are among the guests at the Electric Picnic Literary Tent this weekend.
Self, author of My Idea of Fun and more recently, Umbrella and Shark, will be in conversation with Carlo Gébler, author of Father & I, a memoir of his relationship with his father, Ernest Gébler, and his mother, Edna O’Brien.
McBride, author of the multi award winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, will read alongside Paul Kingsnorth, whose crowd-funded novel ,The Wake, has been longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize.
Julian Cope recently published his debut novel, One Three One. The ex-Teardrop Explodes frontman will be in conversation with Faber’s creative director, Lee Brackstone.
Dónal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart will also be among the literary guests at this year's Electric Picnic at Stradbally in Laois this weekend. Colin Barrett who won the Frank O’Connor Award for his debut collection,Young Skins, will also attend.
Roddy Doyle, returns to the Literary Tent to read from The Commitments. Joining him will be members of the Dublin punk outfit, The Radiators from Space, who are now working under the name Trouble Pilgrims)
Actor Aidan Gillen will read from James Joyce’s classic short story, The Dead, while Wexford writer Peter Murphy will entertain the fans with a ‘cover version’ of this masterpiece of story-telling.
Armagh-born poet, Paul Muldoon will join forces with Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and The Gloaming’s Iarla Ó Lionáird.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Brendan Behan, and a tribute event will feature film-maker Jim Sheridan and the actor Peter Coonan (Fran in Love/Hate). Coonan will play the young Behan in the Gaiety’s forthcoming production of Borstal Boy.
The Electric Picnic takes place at Stradbally, Co Laois from Friday August 29 to Sunday August 31.