Archive for June 9th, 2008

LA Irish Festival

9th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

According to The Hollywood Reporter the inaugural Los Angeles Irish Film Festival will take place from October 2 – 5, 2008 in the Clarity Theatre, Beverly Hills. The festival hopes “…to act as a launch-pad for Irish films and filmmakers by bringing them visibility within the Hollywood community.”

Lisa McLaughlin-Strassman and Niall McKay will serve as the fest’s directors. Its advisory board includes film directors Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan and Mary McGuckian, screenwriter and critic F.X. Feeney and THR international editor Steve Brennan.

In advance of the fest, programmer John Lyons will offer monthly screenings of Irish films at the Clarity Theatre, with the next program set for June 29.

Dublin’s got Talent

9th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Dublin Writers Festival runs from 11-15 June, and features a diverse array of literary talent and a big selection of events:

Over the four days, Dublin will host over 40 Irish and international writers and poets, journalists, political commentators, and even lawyers for a series of readings, discussions, debates and public interviews. The Festival will explore the themes such as war, loss, national identity, Irish values, childhood, crime, and the art of the short story.

Of particular interest should be the rare appearance in Ireland of playwright Tom Stoppard at the MacNeill Theatre in the Hamilton Building, Trinity College on Friday 13 June at 6.00pm. Frank McGuiness, the respected playwright, will discuss his poetry in the company of American poet Thomas Lynch in the Irish Writers’ Centre at 3.30pm on Sunday 15 June. Also on Sunday screenwriter Colin Bateman will be in conversation with novelist Ian Rankin at the Gate Theatre at 7.30pm.