Olaf Tyaransen for Electric Picnic

Galway-based author and Hot Press journalist Olaf Tyaransen will be performing and conducting public interviews at the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally at the end of the month. The acclaimed author – described by the Sunday Independent as “demonstrably the best rock ‘n’ roll interviewer in the world”- will be reading on The Word Stage in the Mindfield area at 7pm on Friday August 30, and again on Sunday September 1.

Among the original material he will be reading from his short story Don’t You Know Who I Am? The story was first published earlier this year in the Doire Press anthology Galway Stories, and is now set to become a short film, produced by Dublin-based company Screenworks. Tyaransen’s third collection of celebrity interviews, Mind The GAP, will be published in October, with all proceeds going to Galway Autism Partnership.

This is the fifth year running that Tyaransen has been invited to perform at the boutique festival. In addition to his own readings, he will also be doing a series of public interviews in the Hot Press Chatroom with some of the musical stars of the festival – including Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, David Byrne, and Fatboy Slim. His public interview with comedian Tommy Tiernan at Electric Picnic ’09 caused a storm of international controversy.

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Twitter at @OlafTyaransen.


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