The People of the Festival

Barry McGovernBarry-McGovern_Web

Barry McGovern is one of Ireland’s best known actors. His most recent stage appearances were in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Abbey and The Price at the Gate. His two one-man shows I’ll Go On and Watt have toured worldwide. On TV he has played in Game of Thrones , Vikings, The Tudors, Dear Sarah and The Treaty. Films include Joe Versus the Volcano, Billy Bathgate, The General, Braveheart, Waiting for Godot and My Name is Emily. Later this year he will be teaching at Notre Dame University for a semester and next year he will be playing in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.

Liam CampbellDr Liam Campbell

Liam Campbell is an independent writer and scholar from Northern Ireland who holds a doctorate in        English and has lectured in English Literature and Creative Writing for the University of Ulster. Liam is the author of the monograph: The Ecological Augury in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (2011), and has also authored several other notable publications on Tolkien.



Dr Patrick CurryPatrick Curry

Patrick is a Canadian-born author and scholar living in London. He is the author of Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien, Myth and Modernity (rev. edn  2004) and Deep Roots: Essays on Tolkien (2014), among other books.


Prof John GillespieProfessor John Gillespie

John Gillespie, currently Emeritus Professor of French with Ulster University, has an impressive published research profile that spans  modern languages, theology and literature. Among John’s literary research interests are the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, their friendship and their creative modes and themes.


Dr Allan G TurnerAllan-Turner_Web

For many years Allan G Turner has contributed to the academic study of the field of fantasy literature with special focus on the works of Tolkien. Among Allan’s most notable contributions is his editorship The Silmarillion – Thirty Years On, a collection of academic pieces brought together to mark the 30th anniversary of the original work.


frank_golden_2015Frank Golden

Frank Golden is a Clare-based poet, novelist, and painter. He has published four books of poems, the most recent of which is In Daily Accord(Salmon Publications). His first novel, The Two Women of Aganatz (Wolfhound Press),was well received, described by Carol Coulter in The Irish Times  as  “uncomfortable, but compellingly and poetically described by a powerful imagination”. 2015 has seen his return to the novel form with the publication ofThe Night Game (Salmon Publications).

He has received bursaries and awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Irish Film Board, including a bursary in literature in 2014. In 2012 his film, A Room in Air, filmed in the auxiliary workhouse in Ballyvaughan, was premiered at the Burren College of Art, where Frank teaches the creative writing programme. Born in Dublin Frank has lived in North Clare for over twenty five years.