Join us for an early morning festival swim in Salthill.

Writers 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!

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.

Event Location

Blackrock Tower

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