4 – Jarlath Gregory

Genres: Debut | Fiction | Irish Writing | LGBTQI+ Writing | Novel | Young Adults

Welcome to Day 4 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Jarlath Gregory.


Jarlath Gregory is from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, and lives in Dublin. He is the author of Snapshots, G.A.A.Y, and The Organised Criminal. He worked as a bookseller, and has written for Attitude, Esquire and GCN magazines. He recently completed the M.Phil in Creative Writing in Trinity College Dublin and currently works as a freelance copywriter. What Love Looks Like, his YA fiction debut, was published by O’Brien Press in 2021, and was shortlisted for an An Post Irish Book Award.


Jarlath is reading an extract from What Love Looks Like which was published by O’Brien Press in March 2021. Today’s video unlocked on 4th 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.

Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel