7 – Luke Cassidy

Genres: Debut | Fiction | Irish Writing | Novel

Welcome to Day 7 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Luke Cassidy.


Luke Cassidy is a writer from Dundalk, where he set his debut novel, Iron Annie, published by Bloomsbury Books in September 2021, and set to be published in North America by Vintage Books in January 2022. He is currently touring a theatrical adaptation of his novel, the Iron Annie Cabaret, in theatres around Ireland. A short story of his, A Good Turn, was published in the New Island Books anthology of writing from the Irish border region, The New Frontier.


Luke is reading an extract from Iron Annie which was published by Bloomsbury in September 2021. Today’s video unlocked on 7th 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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