12 – Kevin Power

Genres: Fiction | Irish Writing | Novel

Welcome to Day 12 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Kevin Power.


Kevin Power is the author of Bad Day in Blackrock (2008) and White City (2021). He won the 2009 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and has been twice shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker‘s Page Turner blog, the Guardian, Irish Times, Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, and many other places. He teaches in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.


Kevin is reading an extract from White City which was published by Scribner in April 2021. Today’s video unlocked on 12th December 2021 and may be viewed below. Closed caption subtitles are available and may be turned on or off. Click on “youtube” or “full screen” icon in the video to watch it in full screen or visit youtube here.



About our WCLF Literary Advent Calendar

2021 was another wonderful year for Irish writing and so many incredible books by Irish authors and authors living in Ireland were released this year. Even though festivals returned in-person and online not every author had the opportunity to launch their books with a public celebration or to engage with audiences in the “usual” way. We’re delighted to bring you a small selection of these authors and we’ve invited twenty-four writers to submit a short video reading from their new books. Our selection is an attempt to show the wide range of Irish writing and in particular to focus on writers whose books we feel deserve more attention and those who were not previously featured in WCLF 2021 events. We hope that you will enjoy the chance to hear these writers reading their own work and to discover some new books for your reading piles.


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