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PHOTOS – The Limerick Literary Festival host Desert Island Books in The Belltable with Pat Shortt, Roisín Meaney, and Lisa Harding

Desert Island Books 2018 event in collaboration with Dolan’s Pub, where Pat Shortt, Roisín Meaney, and Lisa Harding

The Limerick Literary Festival to host Desert Island Books event featuring Pat Shortt, Roisín Meaney, and Lisa Harding

The Limerick Literary Festival hosted a Desert Island Books 2018 event in collaboration with Dolan’s Pub, where Pat Shortt, Roisín Meaney, and Lisa Harding discussed their three favourite books that they would take to a desert island. The Desert Island Books event took place at the Belltable Limerick on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

The Limerick Literary Festival 2018 in honour of Kate O’Brien took place Thursday, February 22 until Sunday, February 25, 2018, for the thirty-fourth annual edition. The event continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author, whilst attracting prominent participants from all over the world.  It continues to provide a platform where readers can meet their favourite authors and other readers.  

Pat Shortt is an Irish actor, comedian, writer, and entertainer. Pat started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny, he created ‘D’Unbelievables’, Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. They produced four critically acclaimed and sell-out shows as well as writing and producing chart-topping Videos. As a solo artist, Pat’s first show was a sell-out. His second show “You Won’t Get Away With That Here” achieved equal success selling out shows all over the country.

Desert Island Books event

Pictured at the launch of the Limerick Literary Festival 2018 at O Mahonys Booksellers on O Connell Street was Valerie Dolan, Dolans Pub, Carlan Wood, Limerick, Jennifer Moroney Ward, Limerick and Tara Robinson, Limerick. Picture: Oisin McHugh/ True Media

Pat’s desert island books of which he spoke about were A skull in Connemara, by Mairtin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan, by Mairtin McDonagh, Paddle: A Long Way Around Ireland, by Jasper Winn, There are Little Kingdoms, by Kevin Barry, and The Butcher Boy, by Patrick McCabe.

Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, Co. Kerry. She has lived in England, Africa, and the USA; she now lives in Limerick. She began writing in 2001 and her first novel, The Daisy Picker, won a Write a Bestseller competition and was published in 2004. Since then she has become the author of several bestselling novels, including ‘Two Fridays in April’, and ‘After The Wedding’, as well as several books for children. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German and Italian.

Roisin’s books she just couldn’t live without are Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffler, and McCarthy’s Bar, by Pete McCarthy.

Lisa Harding is an actress, playwright, and writer. She has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, and the Lyric theatres among others and on RTE, playing Connie in Fair City. Her short story Counting Down was a winner in the inaugural Doolin Writer’s Prize in 2013. Other stories have been published in The Dublin Review, Bath Short Story Award Anthology and Headstuff. She has just been awarded an Arts Council Bursary for her second novel, Overspill.

‘Harvesting’, her first critically acclaimed novel, has generated strong interest from a BAFTA-award winning film director in adapting it for the screen. It tells the story of two young teenage girls: one from Moldova and one from Dublin who get caught up in the underworld of sex trafficking in Dublin. It was nominated for best newcomer at the Irish Book Awards, shortlisted for the Kate O’Brien award and was chosen as a Unesco Dublin city of literature pick of 2017. One of France’s leading publishing houses, Gallimard Press in Paris, has just picked it up.

Lisa’s desert island essential novels were Cloudstreet, by Tim Winton, Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout, and The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, by Amy Hempel.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.