Make the most of the summer and visit Bantry for the 2018 West Cork Literary Festival, taking place from July 13–20. A star studded line-up of guests has been announced including West Cork native Louise O’Neill, Bernard MacLaverty, Margaret Drabble, Joseph O’Neill, Ruth Padel, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Nick Laird, Zadie Smith, Fintan O’Toole, Catríona Perry, Inua Ellams and many more.
Festival Director Eimear O’Herlihy says “ I am so excited to share this year’s festival line-up with our audiences as there are so many incredible writers coming to Bantry this Summer, from well known established writers to new discoveries and debut writers. We are so delighted to be bringing Irish and international writers, across all genres, to West Cork and whether you are interested in poetry or memoir, short stories or food writing, children’s literature or podcasts, crime writing or travel writing, we really do have something for you this year. And of course, the festival is always the perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of West Cork.”
In a week packed with readings, workshops, interviews, seminars and children’s events, audiences can also enjoy a dip in Bantry Bay for the Festival Swim, zen out with yoga on the lawns of Bantry House, enjoy the Festival Walk, or call into the West Cork Letter Café to let someone know that you’re thinking of them.
Journalist Sam Bungey, and documentary producer Jennifer Forde, the couple behind the phenomenally successful West Cork podcast, an audio series about the unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, will discuss the making of this thoughtful and compelling podcast with journalist, Justine McCarthy.
Eileen O’Brien, from Cork County Library and Arts Service says that it is a contant pleasure to play host to some of the many wonderful readings and discussions that take place during the West Cork Literary Festival, “readers get to see long-admired authors unmasked, people that have hitherto been a friend on their bookshelves taking shape in the reality of familiar and intimate settings. Just as exciting is the chance to discover new authors, thanks to the strategic groupings that have been conceived allowing unexpected connections to be made.”
Those wishing to hone their writing skills can attend workshops on amongst other things, novel writing, journalism, or how to write a cookbook. Workshops will be given by Marie-Helene Bertino, Trish Deseine, Martina Evans, Sinéad Gleeson, Philip Hoare, Dave Lordon, Justine McCarthy, Billy Ramsell, Eimear Ryan, Katherine Weber and Dave Lordan with E.R. Murray.
The West Cork Literary Festival runs from July 13-20 and is generously supported by The Arts Council, Cork County Library and Arts Service and Fáilte Ireland. Booking is now open on www.westcorkliteraryfestival.ie, T: 027 52788/9.
West Cork People has a pair of tickets to give away for an evening of poetry, prose and essays with Nick Laird and Zadie Smith at The Maritime Hotel on July 13 at 8.30pm. All you have to do is email your name, address and phone number with ‘Literary Festival competition’ in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries must be in by Tuesday July 10.