Beyond Borders Bookclub

Úna-Minh Kavanagh

Rowan Tree Café @ 7pm
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Úna-Minh was adopted as a newborn from Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1991. She is a freelance creator who makes Irish language, travel, anti-racism, mental health and video game content. A proud Kerrywoman, she has a BA in Irish and Journalism from Dublin City University. Her work has featured on Lonely Planet, TG4, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent and more. She was named Social Activist of the year in 2017 by U Magazine 30 Under 30 Awards and her work has been nominated for several blog awards.


In 2013, Úna-Minh was spat upon and racially abused in Dublin’s city centre, an incident that was widely shared in the media and online. In the days that followed, Úna-Minh had only one niggling regret: that she had not responded in her first language, Irish. 

Temple Gate Hotel @ 7pm
Includes Official Festival Launch
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Ken O’Sullivan is a documentary filmmaker based in Lahinch, Co. Clare, who founded Sea Fever Productions in 2006. The company’s eponymous release in 2007 was followed by a number of high-profile commissions, Farraigí na hÉireann for TG4, Ireland’s Ocean for RTÉ, The Silver Branch for Irish Film Board as well as work for the BBC & ITV, culminating in 2018’s critically acclaimed Ireland’s Deep Atlantic. 

His book Stories from the Deep was published in October 2019 and is spun from the author’s first-hand experience as an underwater cameraman and filmmaker, from memory, natural history and the culture of Ireland’s coastal communities, Stories from the Deep is a profound and lyrical exploration of Ireland’s ocean waters through narrative and poetry.

From encounters with its rarest and most striking fauna, like the blue whale and basking shark, to the broader considerations of its impact on language, on history, and our shared sense of place, this genre-defying work is an eloquent and urgent tribute to the enduring beauty of our natural heritage.