Saturday, 21 May 2011

West Cork Literary Festival

Another lovely sounding week in West Cork here.

The West Cork Literary Festival takes place in Bantry, Co. Cork from July 3rd to 9th.

The Festival, once again supported by RTÉ lyric fm, will host an eclectic range of writers and disciplines. Speakers include Dermot Healy, who will read from his new novel “Long Time No See”; Carlo Gébler will give the writer’s perspective on “How To Keep the Wolf From the Door”, and Paul Murray will read from “Skippy Dies” which was a recent finalist in the US National Book Critics Circle Awards. Another programme highlight will be a special live recording of Sunday Miscellany Live in Bantry, hosted by the programme's producer Clíodhna Ní Anluain, for an inimitable hour of words and music.

Workshops continue to be the centrepiece of the Festival and one of this year’s highlights is Irish novelist John Boyne, whose novel “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” sold more than five million copies worldwide, tutoring the Fiction workshop. John will also read from his new novel “The Absolutist” at the Festival. Other workshops will be led by such highly respected writers as Hugo Hamilton, Gillian Slovo, Marina Carr, Roisin Boyd, Eoin McNamee, Gerald Dawe, Adrian Tinniswood, Tim Mackintosh-Smith, Peter Benson, Lucy Caldwell and publisher Hazel Orme. As well as the Fiction Workshop, there will also be workshops on Poetry, Memoir Writing, Freelance Journalism, Fiction: Getting Started, Publishing: Preparing to Submit, Travel-Writing, Short Story, Half Way Through: Completing your Novel, Making History, Crime Writing, Making History and Writing for the Stage.

See website here