ECHOES: Maeve Binchy & Irish Writers Festival

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Echoes celebrates the work of Maeve Binchy and other renowned Irish writers. It takes place at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October 2021.

ECHOES: Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers

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Echoes celebrates the work of Maeve Binchy and other renowned Irish writers. It takes place at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019.

Celebrate 40 years of fiction from the world’s favourite storytelller

In 2018 look forward to brand new cover styles, reissues of Maeve classics, new introductions from high-profile authors, “Moments of Maeve” – selected audio clips and much more…

From Abortion to Infidelity: how Maeve Binchy chronicled Ireland

Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature at UCD, writes about Maeve Binchy’s lasting appeal in the Irish Times

The Day of the Rose

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Read the story of the Rosa Gordon Snell, grown by Colin Dickson. “Maeve and I both loved any excuse for a celebration”

Literary Walks from Dalkey Castle

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Learn about the work of famous Irish writers including Maeve Binchy on a guided walking tour through Dalkey heritage town.

Minding Frankie: Stage Play

Maeve Binchy’s Minding Frankie has been adapted for the stage by Shay Linehan. After a short tour in Ireland it is about to open at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

My favourite Maeve:
This Year It Will Be Different

Patrick Gallagher, Maeve’s Australian publisher for many years, chooses one of the short stories as his favourite.

School library dedicated to Maeve Binchy

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The Holy Child School in Killiney dedicated its newly refurbished library to Maeve. Gordon was delighted to be asked to cut the ribbon and here is what he had to say about it.

ECHOES: Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers

Join us for thought provoking talks, walks, debates, interviews & theatrical events at Dalkey Castle from the 5th to 7th October 2018.

Message from Gordon

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Gordon Snell, Maeve’s husband, recalls her love of storytelling and her capacity for friendship.

My favourite Maeve:
Light a Penny Candle

Christine Green, Maeve Binchy’s agent, explains why her favourite is the first novel.

‘Getting it Right’ FREE short story

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‘Irene had loved Jim for seventeen months before he said that he loved her.
“You do?” she said in delight.’
Download a free short story.

Love of Ireland – video

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Watch Maeve Binchy telling us a little about her home town and her opinion on how culture differs from place to place.

Film, TV and radio adaptations

Maeve Binchy’s novels and short stories have been adapted for film. TV and radio, including Echoes, The Lilac Bus, Tara Road and Circle of Friends.

What makes a page turner? – video

Watch Maeve Binchy discussing what she thinks makes a page turner.

Tips for aspiring writers – video

Watch Maeve Binchy giving good advice and wisdom on getting your book published.

My favourite Maeve:
Minding Frankie

Juliet Ewers, Director of Orion Fiction, explains why this is her favourite Maeve Binchy novel.

Philosophy of Life – video

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Watch Maeve Binchy sharing her take on life and how her point of view reveals itself in her writing.

Maeve Binchy tells her Veal Casserole Story

Maeve Binchy recalls a story from her past when she worked in the Irish Times. This story is featured in Maeve’s Times.

Characters for a changing world – video

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Watch Maeve Binchy giving us her two cents about inventing characters for a changing world and how some things (such as relationships) will always be the same in life.

Short stories vs novels – video

Watch Maeve Binchy explaining the difference between writing a short story and a novel.

Writing for a changing world – video

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Watch Maeve Binchy explaining how she copes with this fast-changing world and shares with us some amusing personal experiences.

Maeve’s advice to writers

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‘The most important thing to realise is that everyone is capable of telling a story. It doesn’t matter where we were born or how we grew up’ Maeve Binchy

My favourite Maeve:
Evening Class

Maeve Binchy’s cousin Kate, who is the reader on most of her audiobooks, explains why this is her favourite.

My favourite Maeve Binchy:
Circle of Friends

Carole Baron, Maeve Binchy’s publisher in the USA, explains why this is her favourite novel.

Q&A

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This questions and answers section is compiled from interviews with Maeve Binchy during her writing life.

Can you describe an ordinary day?

My husband Gordon Snell and I get up at about 7 am in our little house 15 kilometres from Dublin. We have a big study up a spiral staircase in a lovely bright room and we try to be at our desks before 8.30am. We are both writers so we have plenty to do including […]

How do two writers cohabit in one home?

Two writers co habit very well in our home but that is mainly because Gordon is a very kind and unselfish man, everyone who knows him says that this is true. We work in a lovely sunny office, sitting side by side at a big long desk and we read each other stuff at the […]

Who has supported you in your life and career at the most?

I was much supported by my parents who believed I could do anything, run the world if I needed to. Then I had a great kind boss at the Irish Times who thought I could do anything and sent me to write about wars and economics and the Royal Family and gave me a great […]