The Dingle Literary Festival welcomed Irish author Felicity Hayes-McCoy in 2020. Felicity built a successful UK-based career as an actress and writer, working in theatre, music theatre, radio, TV, and digital media. She is the author of two memoirs, The House on an Irish Hillside and A Woven Silence: Memory, History & Remembrance, in addition to an illustrated book Enough Is Plenty: The Year on the Dingle Peninsula. She and her husband divide their time between London and Ireland.
The Heart of Summer is Felicity’s latest novel and was published in May
It’s summer in Finfarran on the west coast of Ireland. Librarian Hanna Casey is looking forward to al fresco lunches with friends, and balmy evenings with her boyfriend Brian in their stunning new home in the beautiful Hag’s Glen.
With family drama and a painful divorce behind her, Hanna is browsing romantic holiday brochures and making plans with Brian for the future. Then, unexpectedly, Brian’s adult son moves in with them, and Hanna re-encounters Amy, one of three girls with whom she shared a London flat in her twenties. And all of a sudden, Hanna begins to question her apparently perfect life.
When Amy suggests a visit to London’s bright lights and a flatmates’ reunion, Hanna accepts. But, while it might be a short hop to England, somehow she feels like she’s leaving Brian too far behind.
And when Hanna is given a new opportunity, the chance to be more than a local librarian who’s settled back into the little rural community where she grew up, she realises she has tough choices to face…
Felicity talked to Indian-Irish author Cauvery Madhavan about Cauvery’s The Tainted.
ONLINE – Date: Sunday 22 November Time: 2.00pm GMT
The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups. We present both author events and writers’ workshops.
Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It’s a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.
The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.