Environment / Free Event / Performance / Poetry /
Shore Lines: Blackrock Readings and Sea Swim
Saturday, 22 April 2023, 9:00am
Blackrock Tower / Free, unticketed
Join us for an early morning festival swim in Salthill.
Writers Easkey Britton, Emily Hasler, William Keohane and Chantal Thomas will give short readings inspired by the ocean before we immerse ourselves in the water.
Don’t forget your swimsuit and a towel!
Dr. Easkey Britton is a surfer, writer, artist, film-
maker, coach and marine social scientist, with a PhD in
Environment and Society.
A life-long surfer, she was
taught to surf at the age of
four, and she now channels
her passion for the sea and
surfing into social change.
Her promotion of female
surfing in Iran is explored in
her TEDx talk “Just Add Surf”
and the award-winning
documentary Into the Sea.
She is the author of Saltwater
in the Blood (Watkins, 2021).
Chantal Thomas is a French writer, screenwriter and historian. She has taught literature in a number of American universities and is the author of over 20 books. In 2002 she won the Prix Femina for her novel Farewell, My Queen (2004), also adapted as a film by Benoit Jacquot. She received the Roger-Caillois and Prince de Monaco prizes for her entire work and was elected a member of the Académie Française in 2021. Memories of Low Tide , translated by Natasha Lehrer, (Pushkin Press, 2020) is her latest book.
Emily Hasler’s latest collection is Local Interest (Pavilion Poetry, 2023). The Built Environment, her critically-acclaimed first collection, was published by Pavilion in 2018. She has been an Early Career Resident at Cove Park, a Hawthornden Fellow and in 2014 received an Eric Gregory Award. She lives beside the River Stour on the border of Suffolk and Essex, UK.
William Keohane is a writer from Limerick, Ireland. His essays have been published in British GQ, Banshee, The Stinging Fly, and The Tangerine and his poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review and Queering the Green, an anthology of post-2000 Queer Irish poetry. He is the writer-in-residence at Ormston House.