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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 30, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    Another day, another arts festival

    Fiona McCann

    Apologies for the momentary absence from this blog, but rest assured, the bear still didn’t catch up. I’ve been whiling my time away at Simon Cowell sightings, and reading Marilynn Robinson’s Home which won the Orange prize last year and was shortlisted for this year’s Impac award. Meanwhile, back in the real world, the programme for the Kilkenny Arts Festival has been launched, with all manner of goodies to choose from, including music from Tindersticks, Adrian Crowley and a fascinating double bill at St Canice’s from Calcutta slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya and his brother Subashish on Indian percussion, followed by cellist Vincent Segal and Malian kora player, Ballake Sissoko. Indeed! Not to mention a literary line-up that includes John Banville, Hugo Hamilton and Paul Durcan, and a discussion on Irish feminism with Nell McCafferty and Margaret MacCurtain. I could go on, but I’ll save myself the valuable cyberspace and direct you here for the rest of the programme, reminding you only that the whole thing runs from August 6th to 15th. As you were, then.

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