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Young Adults’ Programme at West Cork Literary Festival

Posted on: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 @ 12:03pm

Inua EllamsAward-winning poet and performer Inua Ellams and author Louise O'Neill will be part of the exciting children's and young adults' programme at this summer's West Cork Literary Festival which runs from 13 - 20 July.

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

Louise O Neill

Clonakilty author Louise O'Neill (right) returns to the Festival and will be reading from her new novel The Surface Breaks in St Brendan's School Hall on Saturday 14 July 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 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 E.R. Murray also returns to read from her latest book  The Book of Revenge. This event is for children of 8 - 12.

Mary WatsonOther free events include two Fighting Words workshops in St Brendan's Hall, one for 8 - 10 year olds (SOLD OUT) and the other for 12 - 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 (left) also leads a free workshop for teenagers of 14 -18 years old called Familiar Pleasures: Writing Tropes in YA Fiction in Bantry Library. Booking is required for all free events.

This 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 7 partner organisations across 6 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 on our Children's Festival pages or by ringing the Festival office at +353 (0) 27 52788.

Cork Airport West Cork Music Festival Exhibition

Posted on: Monday, 14th May 2018 @ 3:42pm

If you are flying to or from Cork Airport this month, you will be able to see the West Cork Music Festival Exhibition in the terminal building.

Photographer Ben Russell, who captured last year’s festivals so beautifully, is exhibiting a selection of these photographs in the airport for the month of May. Among those featured are Graham Norton, John Spillane, Colm Tóibín, Mia Gallaghaer, Camille Thomas, Mairéad Hickey, Trish Deseine, Carol Drinkwater, Viviane Hagner, Maggie Smith and John Boyne.

Ben is an Irish Ambassador for Olympus and would like to acknowledge Olympus UK for doing the printing and Marcus Framing in Cork for mounting the photographs so well.

West Cork Music would like thank Ben for creating this exhibition and Cork Airport for providing the space.

We are delighted that Ben will be Festival Photographer for the 2018 West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition.

For more details of Ben's work, click here