Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing

Global Travel Writers and Broadcasters are lined up for Immrama Festival. Global travel writer Tim Butcher and broadcaster Charlie Bird are among those due in County Waterford in June for the 12th annual Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing, which takes place from June 12th to 15th. Mayor of County Waterford Damien Geoghegan launched this year’s festival programme at a reception in Lismore Castle on Wednesday evening (April 23rd). “I am honoured to launch this year’s Immrama Festival programme, the guests lined up to discuss their global journeys is very impressive and this will certainly be a festival not to be missed in Ireland’s festival calendar. As the only travel writing festival in the country, Immrama is unique, it is also fitting that this festival takes place in the hometown of Dervla Murphy and the Book of Lismore, which recounts tales of Marco Polo’s travels. I wish the festival team every success with this the 12th annual festival.” said Mayor Geoghegan. Charlie Bird who has had a long and distinguished career in Irish Journalism will take to the stage at the festival at 3pm on Saturday, June 14th. Charlie will discuss his travelling adventures of late which have been documented in a series of highly successful programmes for RTE including Charlie Bird Travel’s to the Arctic and the North Pole, Charlie Bird Travel’s the Amazon River, and the Ganges River in India. He also documents tracing the journey of the famous Irish Antarctic explorer Tom Crean and travels to the South Pole. Multi award winning author Tim Butcher will take to the stage at Immrama on Saturday, June 14th at 8pm. Tim worked at the Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009 serving as chief war correspondent, covering all major conflicts across the Balkans, Middle East and Africa. His first book, Blood River, an account of his 2004 journey through DR Congo overland from Lake Tanganyika and down the Congo River, reached Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list and was the only non-fiction title in the Richard and Judy Book Club 2008. It was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Dolman Best Travel Book Award and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best Book award. Tim’s second book, Chasing the Devil, describes a 350 mile trek through Sierra Leone and Liberia following a trail blazed by Graham Greene and recounted in Greene’s Journey Without Maps. His latest book ‘The Trigger’ – Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War is set for release on May 1st. Opening the festival on Thursday, June 12th for a book launch are authors Diana Gleadhill, Alana Murphy, Michael McMonagle and Paul Clements. On Friday, June 13th a panel discussion will be led by Paul Clements focusing on the Richard Hayward, a popular travel writer, singer and actor from the middle years of the twentieth century. Hayward wrote twelve travel books about Ireland, including Munster and the City of Cork, In Praise of Ulster and Where the River Shannon Flows. On the 50th anniversary of his death his legacy is being retrieved. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion looking at the reasons why some of Ireland’s best-known writers have been forgotten. Those taking part in the discussion are Alannah Hopkin, Manchan Magan, Michael Fewer and Paul Clements, author of the Richard Hayward biography. On the morning of June 14th writer and documentary-maker Manchán Magan will host a workshop and historian Donald Brady will host a talk, international expedition leader and mountaineer Michael Whelan will host a lunchtime reading. Getting the show on the road on Sunday morning June 15th, the festival-Man Mark Graham will host a literary breakfast. Family Fun Sunday will take place at the Millennium Park where Smokin Doves and Avi McGourty will entertain and bringing the festival to a close on Sunday evening, June 15 author Mícheál de Barra will discuss his first book ‘An Bóthar go Santiago’ his diary of the 900km walk. Full details of the schedule and Saturday Special tickets for the Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing 2014 see or call (058) 53803. The Immrama Festival of Travel Writing is supported by Waterford County Council, Failte Ireland, Waterford Airport, Lismore estates, Inka Print and Design Studio, Lismore Mochuda Development Company Ltd, Lismore House Hotel, Lismore Heritage Company Ltd., Baron’s Bakery, Bonnie’s Bouquets, Roches Centra Supermarket, Lismore & Cappoquin Credit Union, Dowds Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Jonathan Ackroyd Jeweller, FDC Accountants, CareMed Direct Ltd., Floral Distributors Ireland, Cavendish Computing Ltd., TQS Integration Ltd., the Lismore Business Community and Ballyrafter House Hotel.

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