Schedule 2016

Saturday 14th May
Literature in the Library
11am – Douglas Village Library, Douglas

Cork poet, George Harding, will open proceedings with a reading from his collections, ‘My Stolen City’ & ‘Last Bus to Pewterhole Cross’ (both published by Revivial Press); followed by a reading by 2015 Lennox Robinson Award winner, Taiwanese novelist Prof. Ying-Tai Chang.

Saturday 14th May
Unveiling of the Lennox Robinson Room
12pm – Douglas Village Library, Douglas

Cllr. Seamus McGrath will be on-hand to officially unveil the Douglas Library’s new Lennox Robinson room, a space that will hopefully blossom in the years to come as it builds its collection of material connected with the famed local playwright’s life and work.

Saturday 14th May
Celebration of Shakespeare
3pm – Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Douglas

Douglas Village Shopping Centre will play host to a very special event, as the Cork Shakespearean Company will take to the stage to perform a selection of scenes from plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and others. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, and the Lennox Robinson Festival is thrilled to be able to bring such a unique event to Douglas, and honoured to join forces with the esteemed venerable Cork Shakespearean Company who have been treading the boards since their founding by Fr. O’Flynn in 1924, and who carry with them a towering reputation.

Sunday 15th May
The Far-Off Hills
2pm – Douglas G.A.A. Club, Douglas

Keeping the theatrical theme going, a cast from the Cork Arts Studio Stageworks, under the direction of Suzanne Jones, will stage an exclusive one-off performance which will bring to life one of Lennox Robinsons most beguiling and funny plays, ‘The Far-Off Hills’. Robinson’s plays enjoy only sporadic revivals in this country, and this will be a rare opportunity to see one of his best works enacted in the village of his birth.

Just before the play begins, Suzanne – who is well-known and highly respected in theatrical circles, particularly for her work with such youth drama groups as the Cork Arts Studio Stageworks and the Montfort College of Performing Arts – will receive this year’s Lennox Robinson Award, which will be presented by the 2015 recipient, the internationally acclaimed Taiwanese novelist, Professor Ying-Tai Chang, who is returning following her very successful appearance at last year’s festival.

Sunday 15th May
Rambling House
8pm – Frankfield House Golf Club, Frankfield

The 2016 Lennox Robinson Literary Festival comes to a close with a very special Rambling House event. The Rambling House has been running on a monthly basis for the past year and, in offering a space for people to sing a song, play a tune or read or recite a poem or story, has been drawing increasingly impressive crowds. This old-style house party event will keep to its tried-and-tested format, with heavy audience participation, but will also be bolstered by the appearance of some special guests.

Prof. Ying-Tai Chang will give a special advance reading from her latest novel, ‘Secrets All The Way Down’, which was rapturously received on first publication in Taiwan, and is due in an English translation at the end of the year from London’s Balestier Press; and music will be provided by such well-known names as Sean Tracey, Declan O’Keefe (who played with Rory Gallagher in the Fontana and Impact showbands) and the legendary Joe Mac, of the Dixies.