Poets and writers inspire Young Adults’ Programme at West Cork Literary Festival

Posted on: 7th June, 2018

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Award-winning poet and performer Inua Ellams, and award winning author Louise O’Neill, are part of the exciting children’s and young adults’ programme at this summer’s West Cork Literary Festival, which runs from Friday, July 13 to Friday, July 20.

Inua Ellams will give a free poetry workshop in Bantry Library on Saturday, July 14 at 10am. Aimed at teenagers from 14 to 18, it will look at poems that address identity and cultural stereotypes. Identity, displacement, and destiny, are recurring themes in Inua’s work in which he mixes the old with the new, traditional with the contemporary.

Clonakilty native Louise O’Neill returns to the Festival and will read from her new novel The Surface Breaks in St Brendan’s School Hall on Saturday, July 14 at 2.30pm.

The Young Adult programme also includes: a reading by Mary Watson, the South African writer who was included on the Hay Festival’s 2014 Africa39 list of influential writers from sub-Saharan Africa; a reading from ‘I Am Thunder’ by British-born Pakistani writer Muhammad Khan; a free teenage workshop called #IamIrish which is an international creative movement exploring perceptions of Colour, Culture, Identity and Heritage; and A Reading and Writing Life, featuring three of the Festival writers Muhammad Khan, Chibundu Onuzo and Joseph O’Neill. Popular local writer, ER Murray, also returns to read from her latest book ‘The Book of Revenge’.

Other free events include two Fighting Words workshops in St Brendan’s Hall, one for eight to 10-year-olds and the other for 12 to 14-year-olds. In these workshops, students develop a collaborative story while an Illustrator brings their ideas to life. The Fighting Words programme was developed by Roddy Doyle and involves a lot of laughs while drawing out the students’ fabulous ideas. Mary Watson will also lead a free workshop for teenagers of 14 to 18-years-old called Familiar Pleasures: Writing Tropes in YA Fiction in Bantry Library. Booking is required for all free events.

The programme has been developed as part of West Cork Literary Festival’s involvement in READ ON, a 48-month, European project that aims to reignite a passion for reading amongst young people, specifically focused on those between the ages of 12 and 19. It is delivered through seven partner organisations across six EU countries (Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK). The Irish component is delivered by West Cork Music in collaboration with Cork County Library & Arts Service. READ ON is funded by the EU Creative Europe programme and undertaken with the support of the Arts Council.

More details can be found at 

www.westcorkliteraryfestival.ie or by ringing the

Festival Office at 027 52788.


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