Garden Stage (100x40 Marquee) Roundhouse (18m diameter circular marquee) Front Lawn Stage (60x40 Marquee)
3.20-4:20 Writing When the World is on Fire?: Sarah Moss and Mark O'Connell wonder whether doom is the only safe place. The Life and Many Deaths of a State Pathologist: Dr Marie Cassidy (Beyond the Tape) talks to Rob Doyle (Threshold) about her remarkable personal journey in the world of forensic pathology and how the dead have plenty to say.
4:40-5:35 Elegant Evil: John Banville talks to Alex Clark about his latest crime novel Snow. Casting aside Benjamin Black and writing in a new stylistic register, John Banvillle explores the social decay of 1950s Ireland, the grip of the Catholic Church and an honest pursuit of justice. Beyond the Backstop, what's next?: Glenn Patterson (Where Are We Now? ; Backstop Land) discusses a United Ireland, the possibility of a border referendum and what this would really mean with Mary Fitzgerald.
6:00-6:55 Ireland, Europe and the Climate Crisis: President Michael D. Higgins and Lord David Puttnam in conversation. What is Nature Really Worth? New, science-based accounting systems reveal that nature is really worth much more than we usually think. But how can we build that insight into public policy and private actions? Paddy Woodworth and Catherine Farrell (of the INCASE project) discuss how we can use natural capital accounting to inform better decisions for people and planet.

Create: Poet and wordsmith Stephen James Smith, is central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today, and his poetry videos have amassed over 3 million views online. He is accompanied for this performance by a musical soundscape from Aidan Murphy and impromptu graphic artwork by Steve Simpson

7.15 - 8.10 Seeing, Hearing, Writing: Geoff Dyer (See/Saw and But Beautiful) - essayist and documentor of the unusual - talks to Liam Cagney about writing on music and photography and the way the two have come together in his work. Beyond Race: Emma Dabiri, academic and broadcaster, (What White People Can Do Next) talks to Mary Fitzgerald about the invention of whiteness, the 'poisoned chalice' of social media and hashtag activism. Laugh or Cry to the End of the World:  Mark O'Connell (Notes From An Apocalypse) talks to Rob Doyle (Threshold) on preparing for the apocalypse. Mark O'Connell has travelled the world looking for answers.
8.30-9.45 FOOD TRADERS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL 9.30PM FOOD TRADERS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL 9.30PM Live music from Junior Brother: Chosen as The Irish Times’ Best Irish Act of 2019, and nominated for the 2019 Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, Junior Brother has built a rabid following thanks to unmissable live shows, and music both excitingly forward-looking and anciently evocative. His irreverent and strange stories unfold with reckless abandon upon a battered guitar and foot tambourine... and two fellow musicians just for the night.
Garden Stage (100x40 Marquee) Roundhouse (18m diameter circular marquee) Front Lawn Stage (60x40 Marquee)
10.55 - 11.50 Sighing Over the Present: Sarah Moss (Summerwater) talks to Alex Clark about the closeness and claustrophobia of family life and turning lockdown into fiction.
12.20 - 1.15 Playing at being grown ups: Marian Keyes (Grown Ups) and Amy Huberman talk about love, comedy, writing and everything in between. Sleeping Beauties and Brain Wiring: Suzanne O'Sullivan (The Sleeping Beauties) and Kevin Mitchell (Innate) explore how nature and nurture shape our brains and impact on all aspects of our psychology, even influencing medical conditions, both real and imaginary. Two Men, Trying to Figure it All Out: Michael Harding and Manchan Magan both hope the other one has the answers.
1.45 - 2.35 The Inheritance of Guilt: In her work, Christine Dwyer Hickey (The Narrow Land) tackles rarely voiced, suppressed and oblique aspects of human nature. She talks to Olivia O'Leary about the creative process, the writing life and childhood influences. Crossing the threshold: Rob Doyle (Threshold) investigates how to overcome the transcendental with Geoff Dyer (See/Saw).
3.05 - 4.00 Creative Conservation on the Farm: Paddy Woodworth, Lisa Fingleton and  talk about policies and practices which can keep Irish farmers happily on the land, while meeting increasingly urgent climate and biodiversity targets and on the role the Arts can play in this. Conspiracy theories, covid vaccines and the importance of experts: Immunologist LukeO'Neill (Humanology) and neuroscientist Suzanne O'Sullivan (The Sleeping Beauties) talk about the information overload that makes questionable science sound plausible with Roisin Kiberd (The Disconnect). Radicals, rebels and music-lovers: Glenn Patterson (Where Are We Now? and Good Vibrations) talks to Liam Cagney about the punk movement during the Troubles and the role of music in his life and work.
4.30 - 5.25 Seizing the Moment to Be Free: Elaine Feeney (As You Were) talks to Sinéad Gleeson (Constellations) about institutional failures and the kindness of strangers. Vernacular of the Pastoral: Emma Dabiri and Manchan Magan question if the Irish language can help us to reimagine our relationship to the natural world. Live Music and Poetry from Lemoncello and Stephen James Smith: Laura Quirke (vocals, guitar) and Claire Kinsella (cello, vocals) weave a melodic and soothing tale for the soul, and when high charged 'seanchaí for the next generation' Stephen James Smith joins them, the collaboration is electric.
5.55 - 6.50 Reimagining Ancestry: Sebastian Barry (A Thousand Moons) talks to Patrick Freyne (OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea) about how his family history inspires his novels and the troubles that happen within families. Radical empathy:  Ruairí McKiernan (Hitching for Hope) and Christine Dwyer Hickey (The Narrow Land) talk about the power of narrative and how it equips us to use stories to build empathy, shatter stereotypes and break down barriers. Digital Democracy and the Resurrection of Trust: Lord David Puttnam talks to  Roisin Kiberd (The Disconnect) about the threats posed by misinformation and how the distinctions between real life and the nebulous realities of the internet have corroded public trust and threatened democracy.
7.05-8.25 Murray Lachlan Young

Live Jazz from The Carole Nelson Trio: Carole Nelson is a long- established jazz composer whose career has gathered international awards and great critical acclaim. This concert is based around the trio's exceptional second album, Arboreal (which is rooted inthe landscape of South County Carlow). Carole Nelson on piano, Cormac O’Brien on bass and Dominic Mullan on drums.

8.30-10.00 Live Music from The Daoiri Farrell Trio: Leading traditional music singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell leads this mesmerizing and exhilarating trio.
Garden Stage (100x40 Marquee) Roundhouse (18m diameter circular marquee) Front Lawn Stage (60x40 Marquee)
10.15-11.15 Stupid Ideas: Journalism, Essays, Fiction and Beyond with Sinéad Gleeson (Constellations) and Patrick Freyne (OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea). Unpacking the Evidence: Jim Sheridan's films (Murder at the Cottage, In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot) show a fascination with the underdog, the power of controversy and broken justice. With Lisa McInerney. Sunday Assembly hosted by Stephen James Smith, and featuring a number of guest speakers and musician from across the weekend - for many this is one of the festival highlights.
11.25 - 12.20 The Art of Fiction. Part 1: A very special opportunity to hear David Mitchell reading new work and pieces from his latest novel, Utopia Avenue, introduced by Alex Clark.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Caelainn Hogan (Republic of Shame) talks with Dr Mary McGill (The Visibility Trap) about how breaking silence can be a catalyst for change and the ongoing legacy of human rights abuses in Ireland's religious-run institutions, with basic rights still being denied today and generations of survivors speaking out. Making a Killing: Liz Nugent (Our Little Cruelties) and Dr Marie Cassidy (Beyond the Tape) talk to Sue Leonard (Whispering Hope) about the research behind crime writing and unpicking reality from the fiction.
12.50 - 1.45 The Art of Fiction. Part 2: David Mitchell talks to Alex Clark about his work from Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas to Utopia Avenue, exploring fictional universes, literary inspiration and the nuts and bolts of writing. To Prevent Pandemics, Restore Degraded Landscapes: Paddy Woodworth and Barry McMahon talk about why epidemic diseases leap from animals to humans, and how the destruction of intact habitats is increasing the frequency and virulence of pandemics. A Question of Faith: Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri and Roja Fazaeli discuss the place of religion in an uncertain world with Mary Fitzgerald.
2.15 - 3.10 Children of the Famine: Marita Conlon McKenna (Under the Hawthorn Tree) is passionate about history as a source for her bestselling novels with Turtle Bunbury (The Irish Diaspora). “Cooking, growing, writing and teaching“: Siblings Darina Allen and Rory O Connell tell Kathy Sheridan about the remarkble success story behind Ballymaloe and their other ventures. T.S. Eliot Poetry Foundation presents: Dispatches from the Sausage Wars. Nick Laird (Feel Free) and Paul Muldoon (Dislocations) read from their poetry and discuss the latest developments in the North.
3.40-4.35 A Journey into the Spirit of Ireland: Author, activist and hitchhiker Ruairí McKiernan (Hitching for Hope) and writer, traveller and documentary maker Manchan Magan (Thirty Two Words for Field: Lost words of the Irish landscape) discuss events and experiences that have shaped Ireland's social, political and cultural landscape with journalist Mary Fitzgerald. At the Mercy of Addiction: Lisa Harding (Bright Burning Things) talks to Mary McGIll about addiction, intergenerational trauma, parental love and the search for self-knowledge. Home: Emma Dabiri talks to Loah (musician and broadcaster) and JyellowL (rapper and activist) about the new soundtrack for Ireland.
5.05-6.00 The Gallagher Lecture: Conscience and Consciousness: A Sentence for the People and the Person. Zadie Smith (Intimations) on the tension, in fiction, between the individual and the group, between the unique and the general, the personal and the political. Faith, Reason and Betrayal: Historian Diarmaid Ferriter gives us a preview of his forthcoming book Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War. With Kathy Sheridan. Hank Williams Hasn't Answered Yet': Leonard Cohen sees us out, as performed by Eric de Buitléir and featuring Shane O Donovan and Derek Whyte