Pat Conroy Literary Festival slated
“The great teachers of the world fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life.”— Pat Conroy
BEAUFORT – Extending the remarkable experiences which began at the Pat Conroy at 70 festival and birthday celebration in October 2015, the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival continues to honor the writing life of Pat Conroy (1945–2016) in his adopted hometown of Beaufort. Now the signature annual event of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the festival embraces themes from Pat Conroy’s work and expands the conversation to include larger discussions of literature, life, and culture.
Taking the Transformative Power of Education as its theme, the second annual Conroy Festival will include a tour of the former Beaufort High School where Pat was a student and teacher, a screening of The Lords of Discipline followed by a panel discussion with some of Pat’s Citadel Class of ‘67 classmates, a performance of the musical Conrack, an exhibition of photographs by Billy and Paul Keyserling documenting Conroy’s Daufuskie Island teaching experience, the debut of a new short film by Luke Parker Bowles and Danny Monico (Scoundrel Media) about the Conroy Center, and appearances by Pat’s teachers William E. Dufford and Nathalie Dupree, his students Sallie Ann Robinson and Valerie Sayers, his widow and fellow novelist Cassandra King Conroy, his brother Tim Conroy and daughter Melissa Conroy.
Visit the Pat Conroy Literary Festival’s new website:www.patconroyliteraryfestival.org.