West Cork Literary Festival 2023 – Booking Open

West Cork Literary Festival 2023 – Booking Open

  Tuesday 11 April 2023

Booking for the West Cork Literary Festival is now open. This year, the Festival runs from 7 – 14 July 2023.

You can book online here or by ringing the Festival office on +353 (0) 27 52788.
Graham Norton, India Knight, John Banville, Alice Zeniter, Catherine Ryan Howard, Billy O’Callaghan, Donal Ryan, Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell, Loah, Belinda McKeon and Sophie White are just some of the high profile writers making the trip to West Cork for the Festival.

Graham Norton                           India Knight                          Donal Ryan


John Banville                          Alice Zeniter                         Sophie White


The 2023 Festival line-up includes:

Alice Zeniter, Adam & David King, Arnold Thomas Fanning, Belinda McKeon, Billy O’Callaghan, Catherine Ryan Howard, Clara Kumagai, Cónal Creedon, Darina Allen, Donal Ryan, Eoghan Daltun, Easkey Britton, Flip through Flanders, Graham Norton, Hannah Sullivan, India Knight, Jane Clarke, John Banville, Leona Forde, Megan Nolan, Nicole Flattery, Raymond Antrobus, Rory O’Connell, Sally Hayden, Loah, Sallyanne Sweeney, Richard Kearney, Sophie White, William Wall, Yeva Skalietska and many more.

In a week packed with readings, workshops, interviews, seminars and children’s events, the programme also includes:

  • Letter Cafe
  • Holy Show’s Sunday Sermon
  • Writing the Crisis: Creative Responses to Climate Change
  • Mic Drop: The Author Event Masterclass with Dave Rudden
  • Irish Writers Centre Young Writer Delegates
  • Poetry As Commemoration workshops for teens and adults
  • The Whole Nine Yarns with Owen O’Neill
  • Festival Swim in Bantry Bay
  • The Simple Act of Walking: A writing workshop
  • Launch of the 2023 Fish Anthology
  • From the Well
  • Yoga on the Lawn
  • Coffee and Chats in Bantry House Tearoom
  • Poetry SOS sessions with Jane Clarke
  • New Dutch Writing, Flip Through Flanders and much more



Booking is already open for this year’s Festival workshops which run from 10 – 12 July. There are still spaces available on these workshops:

Fiction Writing with Belinda McKeon
Place Writing with Cal Flyn
Making Poetry with James Harpur
Essay Writing with Brian Dillon
Crime Writing with Catherine Ryan Howard


Belinda McKeon                      Cal Flyn                                    Brian Dillon

James Harpur                                                       Catherine Ryan Howard



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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