Literary, legal and political worlds collide on the EirGrid stage at Hinterland Festival 2018

19 June 2018

EirGrid, operator of Ireland’s electricity transmission grid, has announced its sponsorship of the distinguished Hinterland Festival for the second year in a row.

The festival brings together many well-known and much-loved figures from literary, musical, sporting and artistic worlds in the magical hinterland of Kells, Co Meath.

Formerly the Hay Festival, Hinterland has firmly established itself as festival in its own right since the change of name in 2017.

This year, EirGrid is the Education Partner of the event and there is an exciting array of contributors lined up to speak on the EirGrid-sponsored stage.

The fun starts on Saturday morning with Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, authors of the hugely popular and hilarious bestseller Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling.

Then the audience will hear from former Sinn Féin president and author Gerry Adams, followed by Aidan Comerford, author of the poignant memoir Corn Flakes for Dinner. Next up is one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, John Banville, whose novel, The Sea, won the Man Booker prize in 2005.

Later in the day, the stage will host the much-loved playwright, novelist and Irish Times contributor Michael Harding.

On Sunday, the stage will hear from Susan Denham, Ireland’s first female Chief Justice; Lisa McInerney, who started her literary career by blogging; and Colm Tóibín, author of the highly acclaimed The Master, based on the life of novelist Henry James, and the much-lauded Brooklyn, recently adapted for film starring Ireland’s own Oscar-nominated actress, Saoirse Ronan.

Adding some real-life drama to the mix will be ‘Sean Hartnett’, who recently wrote a book about his undercover work for the British establishment during some of the most high-profile events of The Troubles. ‘Hartnett’, who writes under a pseudonym, will be interviewed from a remote and secret location by the festival’s programme director Myles Dungan.

Grainne Duffy, EirGrid Community Liaison Officer said: “EirGrid is very happy to be sponsoring the Hinterland Festival for the second year running. This festival brings together so many talented people from all around Ireland and we are really looking forward to hearing all the wonderful speakers who have signed up to this year’s event.

“We work closely with communities in Co Meath to support the development of the North South Interconnector. Sponsoring events like the Hinterland Festival gives us an opportunity to talk to people on the ground and explain what we do and why we do it.”

John Farrelly, sponsorship director of the Hinterland Festival 2018, said: “We are delighted that EirGrid is sponsoring the Hinterland Festival for a second year in a row and are especially happy to unveil them as Education Partner for 2018. This year, there is a great line-up of speakers on the EirGrid stage and we are really looking forward to hearing from them.”

About Hinterland Festival: The Hinterland Festival is a celebration of Irish literature, history, politics, sport and music, with a fantastic array of speakers and contributors, which takes place in Kells, Co Meath between 21 and 24 June 2018.