Allingham 2016

Thursday November 3rd - Sunday 6th November 2016


Anne Enright, Valerie Cox, Jamie D'Alton & Garry Keane, Afric McGlinchey, Paddy Cullivan, the Allingham Poetry, Fiction and Songwriting Competitions, and much more to be announced.


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Anne Enright, Laureate for Irish Fiction, the first confirmed guest for Allingham 2016

Anne Enright, Laureate for Irish Fiction, the first confirmed guest for Allingham 2016

We are delighted to announce that the first guest confirmed to appear in Allingham 2016 is none other than Anne Enright, the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, Man Booker Prize winner (2007) and Irish Novel of the Year Winner (2015). 



Allingham Lecture: Valerie Cox

Valerie Cox will deliver this year's Allingham Lecture. Valerie is well-known to radio listeners around the country as an investigative reporter on prime time RTÉ shows such as Morning Ireland, the Today with Seán O'Rourke Show and the Pat Kenny Show. Valerie recently retired from RTÉ after twenty years with the broadcaster, although it is highly likely that she will continue to contribute and produce programmes on a freelance basis. We are delighted that she has agreed to deliver this year's Allingham lecture. The subject of the lecture will be announced later in the year.

Afric McGlinchey: poetry workshop & reading

Afric McGlinchey will host a poetry workshop at Allingham 2016, and will also read from her work over the weekend.

Afric was born in Galway. She has lived in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Paris, London and Spain, and currently lives in West Cork. Her first collection, The lucky star of hidden things was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012, following a Hennessy Poetry Award. The collection was translated into Italian and published by l’Arcolaio. She has since won several other awards, and her second book, Ghost of the Fisher Cat, published in 2016, has been nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. She appears as one of Ireland’s ‘Rising Poets’ in a special issue of Poetry Ireland Review.



Paddy Cullivan of Callan’s Kicks, The Late Late Show, Leviathan and Kilkenomics brings you an audiovisual spectacular on the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. Using Satire, Imagery, Historical Insight and Song - Paddy reveals the 10 strangest things (and Darkest Secrets) that happened during our Rising, Revolution and Counter-Revolution (Civil War). He also draws parallels with those events’ effects on modern Ireland, drawing out the fundamental changes that need to happen, no matter what Government we end up with.

How did the lawyer who prosecuted the 1916 leaders end up in one of the highest positions in the Free State? Why were 280,000 women denied the vital Treaty Election Vote of 1922? What made 2 million Irish People turn from hating 1916 to supporting the War of Independence? What dark secret made Michael Collins sign the Treaty, and why is his assassination even stranger and more covered-up than JFK’s? All these questions and more will be dealt with in the show to end all 1916 shows…


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