Thursday, 1 July 2010

West Cork Literary Festival - Reminder

4 - 10 July - Bantry
There are (or were anyway) still tickets for Margaret Drabble, Fay Weldon, John Boyne, Eavan Boland and Anthony Horowitz, John Boyne and travel writer Tim Mackintosh-Smith;  Rooney Prize winner Philip O Ceallaigh and Booker Nominee, Simon Mawer.   

There are other names new to me. Suad Amiry, Palestinian author of the international bestseller Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, Singaporean poet and novelist, Felix Cheong. 
Peter Sirr and James Harpur will talk about the Poetry Journey, Simon Mawer and Tim Severin will share their thoughts on Research in afternoon seminars taking place in the Maritime Hotel.

There will be a broad range of writing workshops including:  Fiction with Peter Cunningham, Short Fiction with Nuala Ni Chonchuir,  Writing for Women with Catherine Dunne,  Freelance Journalism with Sue Leonard,   Bound to be Read with literary agent Jonathan Williams,  Poetry with Leanne O’Sullivan,  The Graphic & Fantasy Novel with Celine Kearney,  Short Fiction with Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Song Writing with Julie Feeney and Writing for the Stage with Ursula Rani Sarma.

The Festival  will also feature a new generation of Irish writers, including immigrant poets.  There will be master classes in travel writing and fiction, seminars on the art of editing and some entertaining talks: Brian Dillon will speak about hypochondriac writers; Tony Humphreys will be launching his new book, Karen Coleman will speak about abuse in religious institutions, and Eileen Battersby on re-reading classics.  The  2010 Fish Anthology will also be launched in St Brendan's Church.

Book online at or ring 027 55987.

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