The Flat Lake Literary & Arts Festival 2008

From literary giants  to X-tractor talent contests

Celebrating 40 years of the Ulster poets and serving up a smorgasbord of writers and artists, the Flat Lake Festival returns to County Monaghan on August 23-24.

This year's exciting line up includes Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Canadian Poet Laureate George McWhirter, Edna O’Brien, Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson, Chris Morris, Keith Allen, Keith AllenPaul Brady and Medbh McGuckian.

Set in the Hilton Park woodland estate, this unique festival styles itself as 'no brow', fusing high art with generous helpings of popular culture.

Look out for film screenings, theatrical debuts, literary and historical talks, heated debates, a contemporary art auction, an X-tractor talent contest, visual art, poetry recitals, eccentric discourse, children’s entertainment, campfire camaraderie and an array of delicious food and drink that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Other confirmed artists include Bernard Louchlin, Jinx Lennon, The Foghorn Duo, Murray Lachlan Young, Noel Watson, Maurice Leitch, David Holmes, Sean Tyrell, Pat McCabe’s Radio Butty, Little John Nee, Adrian Dunbar, Dermot Healey, John Maher, Sean O’Reilly, Eoin McNamee, Ailbhe Slevin, Christian O’Reilly, Tony Allen, Andrew Delmayer, The Livin Dred Theatre, Joe O’Byrne, Morag Prunty, John Minhan and Steve Pyke. Henry McCullough will also be putting together something special.

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