Star-studded line-up for this year’s Literary Festival

david nicholls

Posted on: 8th June, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

David Nicholls, Kevin Barry John Boyne, Carlo Gébler and Graham Norton are just some of the guests appearing in Bantry for this year’s West Cork Literary Festival, which runs from July 12 to 18 July in Bantry.

Fans of Graham Norton will be disappointed to hear that tickets for his event sold out within days of it being announced and the Literary Brunch with the incomparable Dervla Murphy is also now sold out.

However the programme also features Nick Davies, who exposed the phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire and who has been named “Britain’s greatest investigative journalist” (Daily Telegraph). The Bantry Bay Series – special Maritime themed events – runs throughout the week and includes a memorable reading on Whiddy Island on the final day. Literary Agent, Lucy Luck, will share her expertise in the publishing industry and what an agent offers an author while Literary Agent for Children’s Books, Julia Churchill, will talk about all aspects of this sector. Anna Kelly, Commissioning Editor at 4th Estate, is Editor in Residence at the Festival and will be giving aspiring writers advice throughout the week.

West Cork Literary Festival Director, Eimear O’Herlihy, says “Over the past six months I have had the extreme pleasure of reading the work of so many incredible writers across all genres, from poetry to literary fiction, memoir to children’s literature, young adult to nature writing, travel and place-based writing, to short stories. I have discovered wonderful new writers and rediscovered old favourites, and now, I invite visitors to the West Cork Literary Festival to do the same.”

Since the Festival’s inception in the 1990s, weeklong workshops have been at its heart, encouraging both novice and experienced writers. John Boyne, Tessa Hadley, Carlo Gébler, Anthony Sattin and Deirdre Kinahan are amongst those facilitating writing workshops. From Writing a Novel to Investigative Reporting Techniques, Playwriting to Poetry, there is a workshop to suit every aspiring, or established writer, looking to spend time in beautiful Bantry honing their craft.

Join author Sara Baume and her publishers, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen, for coffee and a discussion of ‘The Myth of Overnight Success’, or Declan Meade of Stinging Fly Press talking about his experiences working as an editor and publisher. Enjoy The Irish Times’ Martyn Turner chatting about the life and work of a political cartoonist in today’s world. John Fitzgerald and Thomas McCarthy present an afternoon of poetry while Irene O’Meara will help writers learn to be better public readers of their work.

The Children’s Festival remains as popular as ever with events this year featuring Shane Hegarty, Judi Curtin, Sarah Webb, Yasmeen Ismail, the return of the Book Clinic, and many more special events.

The West Cork Literary Festival runs from July 12 to 18 and is generously supported by The Arts Council, Cork County Library and Arts Service, Fáilte Ireland and Irish Examiner. Booking on, Telephone: 027 52788/9 LoCall: 1850 788 789.

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