Award-winning Newbridge based author Orla McAlinden has been chosen to help launch this year’s June Fest 2019 with the launch taking place this Friday, May 17, at 6pm in Whitewater Shopping Centre.
Orla McAlinden is originally from Portadown in Co Armagh and she moved to Newbridge 16 years ago in 2002, and her work is inspired by Ireland’s complex and difficult history.
She lives with her 4 children and her husband in Newbridge, with her children attending local schools Gael Scoil Chill Dara and Patrician Brothers Secondary School.
Orla’s most well-known works to date includes ‘The Accidental Wife’ a series of short stories, and her debut novel ‘The Flight of the Wren’, a gripping historical tale which chronicles the lives of several women during the Great Famine, was launched in September 2018 to much acclaim.
Now Orla has been chosen along with champion jockey Michael Kinane to launch this year’s June Fest 2019 in Newbridge.
Speaking to KildareNow this week, Orla said: I'm absolutely delighted to have the great honour of launching June Fest 2019. I've been involved on the periphery for several years now. I've participated in the literary evenings, judged and part-sponsored the short story competition in 2017, devised and sponsored the first of the Newbridge Big Sings, and my kids and I have attended loads of other events.”
The most eagerly anticipated events include everything from a concert by Andy Irvine and Donal Lunney in the Riverbank on 2 June, to the ever popular Yarn-bomb in the linear park; a mindfulness workshop; a comic-convention and illustration event; life-drawing opportunities and a pop-up restaurant.
In addition, Orla will also launch her new book ‘Full of Grace’ in Farrell & Nephew in Newbridge on 4 June as part of the festival.
June Fest 2019 will be launched by author Orla McAlinden and champion jockey Michael Kinane in the Sports Lounge in the Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge this Friday, 17 May from 6pm.
It is a free and family-friendly event and there will be light refreshments served before the launch.