19 – James Conor Patterson

Genres: Debut | Irish Writing | Poetry
The cover of James Conor Patterson's poetry collection is mainly black in colour. It has his name and the book title Bandit Country in white letters and white lines drawings of various scenes including a bridge, a tall building, a tree

Welcome to Day 19 of our 2022 West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is James Conor Patterson.


James Conor Patterson is a poet from Newry, Co. Down. His debut poetry collection bandit country received an Eric Gregory Award in 2019 and has been nominated for the 2022 TS Eliot Prize.


James is reading an extract from bandit country which was published by Picador in September 2022. Today’s video unlocked on 19th December 2022 and may be viewed below. Closed caption subtitles are available and may be turned on or off. Press the play button or click “Watch on Youtube” to watch it in full screen.



About our WCLF Literary Advent Calendar

2022 was another wonderful year for Irish writing and so many incredible books by Irish authors and authors living in Ireland were released this year. 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 2022 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