West Cork Literary Festival Announce early line-up

Posted on: Thursday, 09th March 2017 @ 12:12pm

Colm Tóibín, Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Dame Marina Warner, Eimear McBride and Anne Enright, The Laureate for Irish Fiction, are just some of the guests already announced for the West Cork Festival. Cork author, Billy O’Callaghan, a 2017 Costa Short Story runner-up for The Boatman, will read from his first novel The Dead House, due to be published later this year and Dermot Bolger will read from his latest novel, The Lonely Sea and Sky. Visiting from the UK, Ian McGuire and Jon McGregor, both long listed for the Booker Prize, will read at the festival, as will Sarah Perry, whose novel, The Essex Serpent, is the Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016. Brendan Barrington, editor at Penguin Ireland and of the Dublin Review, will be attending the festival as Editor in Residence. Carol Drinkwater returns to Bantry to read from her new novel The Lost Girl and Lisa McInerney will read from The Blood Miracles. Poetry is again well represented with the new Ireland Chair of Poetry (2016-2019), Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paula Meehan, former Ireland Chair of Poetry (2013-2016), and former editor of Poetry Ireland, Vona Groarke.

The Children’s Festival remains as popular as ever with events this year featuring PJ Lynch, Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, and many more special events.

Online booking will be available once the full lineup is announed towards the end of March. If you're not on our mailing list already sign up here.

The West Cork Literary Festival runs from July 14th to 21st and is generously supported by The Arts Council, Cork County Library and Arts Service and Fáilte Ireland. Booking for workshops online is now available here.