Novelist Marian Keyes and crime writer Lynda La Plante join Booker Prize winners Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright and Ben Okri on the bill at the Hay Festival, Kells, which takes place from June 25 to 28.

Keyes is one of the most successful Irish authors of all time, from her debut Watermelon to her most recent book, The Woman Who Stole My Life.

Lynda La Plante is best known as the writer of the Prime Suspect series starring Helen Mirren. Le Plante was made an CBE in 2008 for services to Literature, Drama and Charity. 

At Kells she will be discussing her writings and career, and previewing her new book, Tennison, the prequel to Prime Suspect which is due out in September. It recalls Jane Tennison's induction into police life and her development into the character we see portrayed on screen.

Musician and much sought-after producer Brian Eno will also be present at Hay. He will be part of a panel discussion on environmental issues, specifically the matter of food supply. Mark Skipworth, Seamus Sheridan are the fellow panellists and former Miss World Rosanna Davison will talk about her own diet and lifestyle.

North-South ‘reconciliation’ will also inform much of this year’s events. Mitchel McLaughlin,

Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP MP and historian Ronan Fanning author of Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution 1910-1922 will debate the potential for tensions in commemorative events to be held North and South in 2016.

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