Great to take part in our first Literature Festival over the weekend in the very appropriately named ‘Hinterland Festival‘ in Kells, Co. Meath. We were there to introduce our recently launched book ‘Hello Hinterland‘ to the many local passers-by and enjoy some discussions of all things Hinterland, including their connections to the areas that the book features.
We set up shop outside Kells Credit Union in the centre of the town and met some lovely people over the weekend, including the Meath Kells Scouts, who were raising funds for a little boy called Milo, festival organiser Heather Hamill and Antonia Daly and her team from Antonia’s Bookstore, who kindly included our book Hello Hinterland in the festival pop-up bookshop.
The Hinterland Festival in Kells is an annual multi-disciplinary Festival of Literary and Arts festival, based in the spiritual home of the Book of Kells. This year’s festival, the 10th festival to date, aimed to bring visitors on an illuminating journey of debate, discussion, reflection and imagination – on the world as it is, and how it might be. It featured over 60 different events, running from 23-26 June 2022.
We are feeling very excited and inspired by the fact that our poetry book launch event in Hodges Figgis happened to fall on Poetry Day Ireland, 28th April 2022, and our first literature event to take part in was called Hinterland festival, as in the name of our book. A lot of serendipitous occurrences!
The term Hinterland refers to the remote areas of a country, away from the coast or the banks of major rivers. The poems and tales that form the book Hello Hinterland are a tribute to the hinterland areas of Fingal, County Dublin in Ireland.
Martin Holohan, Author and Clare Lynch, Illustrator, Hello Hinterland poetry book.