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Hudson Festival hosts wordsmiths

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Mary Pat Kelly is among the writers lined up for the Hudson Valley Irish Festival.

Mary Pat Kelly is among the writers lined up for the Hudson Valley Irish Festival.

Mary Pat Kelly is among the writers lined up for the Hudson Valley Irish Festival.[/caption]

By Irish Echo Staff

The Hudson Valley Irish Festival, which will take place in Peekskill, Westchester County on Saturday, September 26, The Festival will be held will not be short on ingredients.

And those ingredients will include spoken words in a specially designated tent.

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As well as a full line up of musicians for the main stage and the “Traditional Tent,” organizers of the festival have also have lined up historians, seanachis, poets, playwrights, authors of fiction and non-fiction and even journalists to speak of their work in the “Spoken Word Tent.”

At presstime, the number of presenters lined up for the tent was 14, and they will be on call on the 26th from noon to 4 p.m.

The various readings will be interlaced with poetry in Irish and poems about 1916, said festival organizers.

Among those making oral presentations will be fiction writers Belinda McKeon, Seamus Scanlon, Marianne McShane, Kevin Holohan, Andrew Fox, John Kearns and Mary Pat Kelly.

Poetry will be represented by David McLoghlin and Tim Dwyer, journalism by Helen O'Neill and Ray O'Hanlon and history by Liam Murphy, Bob Bateman and Mike McCormack.

The full festival, in Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park - so right on the banks of the Hudson River - will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will as usual feature a broad range of bands and sigers, food tents, a full bar and lots more besides.

More at www.hudsonvalleyirishfest.com.