Hinterland needs your help!
For five years a group of enthusiasts and dedicated bookworms has brought some of the best writers, artists and thinkers on the planet to rural Meath. We’re not quite sure how we managed to do it, but we want to keep it going!
We have experienced two recent setbacks potentially putting the 2018 Festival in jeopardy... promised Leader finance for 2017 has not materialised, and we have been turned down again for Festival funding by the Arts Council. But the Hinterland team refuses to bow down in the face of adversity and our Festival will go ahead - with your help!
To this end we are launching our Fund it Campaign to raise €10,000 from you, our supporters. In return, we are offering a range of fantastic rewards that will allow you to enjoy some of the many Festival events.
Our 2018 programme is shaping up very nicely, with literary luminaries such as Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Maggie O'Farrell, Michael Harding and Lisa McInerney lined up. Also taking part will be Frank McGuinness, Mary O’Rourke (she never quite finished last year!), Caitriona Perry (former RTE Washington Correspondent) and Guardian investigative journalist Nick Davies - the man who exposed the British ‘phone-hacking’ scandal, and lots more besides. We’ll also be celebrating Harry Potter’s twenty-first birthday, and continuing our association with San Francisco’s Lit Quake Festival by hosting Lit Crawl, an eclectic mix of participants in an equally varied assortment of venues.
We believe we have a track record of hosting a top-class festival, having enticed the likes of Germaine Greer, Brian Eno, Jeannette Winterson, Sebastian Barry, Jung Chang, Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle, Ben Okri, John Banville, Louis de Bernières, Patricia Scanlan, Deirdre Purcell, and a host of others to disport and discourse. That’s five Man Booker prizewinners and David Bowie’s favourite producer!
We pay our speakers & writers a reasonable fee and we also need to cover all ancillary costs (venue hire, sound and vision, advertising, printing, etc.). Nurturing new talent is a key part of our vision and over the years, despite the cost, we've been happy to host a number of emergent, lesser known, talented Irish writers of literary fiction.
We also believe that the festival is an excellent ‘fit’ with our ancient monastic town, contributing to a cultural and artistic renaissance, drawing in art & literature loving pilgrims to the town most associated with one of the world’s most beautiful and treasured manuscripts.
Offering your financial help and support will inspire confidence in what Hinterland has to offer and bolster the enthusiasm of a hard-working voluntary committee who want to continue to bring this high quality event to Kells. Many thanks in advance for your support and pledges.
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