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You can still see Roddy Doyle appearing in the Festival event: Man Booker Prize 50th Anniversary: Featuring Marlon James on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7pm.
The Festival’s opening night promises to be one of exhilarating and eye-opening entertainment as two of Ireland’s favourite writers take the stage. This event will be hosted by Robert G. Kearns, Chairman & Founder, Ireland Park Foundation.
Born in Dublin, Emma Donoghue is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright who lives in Canada. Her novel Room won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada/Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, selling more than two million copies. Donoghue’s screenplay of Room earned the film four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her fiction ranges from the contemporary (Stir-fry, Hood, Landing, Touchy Subjects) to the historical (Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Astray, Frog Music) and includes books for young readers. Her novel The Wonder was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of 10 acclaimed novels, including The Commitments, The Van (a finalist for the Booker Prize), Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (winner of the Booker Prize), The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, A Star Called Henry, The Guts and, most recently, Smile. Doyle has also written two collections of stories, and several works for children and young adults. He lives in Dublin.
Robert G. Kearns is President and Founder of Kearns Insurance Corporation and Kearns Investment Corporation. Since his arrival in Canada in 1979, he has been continuously involved in Irish-Canadian business and cultural relations, making significant contributions to a number of Irish-Canadian organizations. These include his position as a member of the Board of the Ireland Fund of Canada from 1980-2004. He was Chairman of the Ireland Fund from 1989-1992, and a Director of the America Ireland Fund. He is a Founding Director of the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce and remains a member of the Chamber to this day. In 1997, he began work to establish Ireland Park Foundation as a volunteer board, which was formally incorporated in May of 2000. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Ireland Park Foundation since then. In December of 2016, he was the Canadian recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.