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Literary Advent Calendar 2020

Tuesday 1 to Thursday 24 December 2020

24 days

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An author a day for twenty-four days

So many incredible books by Irish authors and authors living in Ireland were released this year, without the usual fanfare of festivals and launches. We’re delighted to celebrate a small selection of these authors here and we’ve invited twenty-four writers to submit a short video reading from their new books.

Visit our Advent Calendar here and join us each day from 1st to 24th December 2020 to unlock a new reading.

1 - Paddy Bushe

Welcome to Day 1 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Paddy Bushe. Born in Dublin in 1948, Paddy Bushe lives in Kerry and is...

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2 - Caoilinn Hughes

Welcome to Day 2 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Caoilinn Hughes. Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose novel The Wild Laughter has...

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3 - Alan McMonagle

Welcome to Day 3 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Alan McMonagle. Alan McMonagle lives in Galway. In 2015, he signed a two-book deal with...

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4 - Frances Macken

Welcome to Day 4 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Frances Macken. Frances Macken is from Claremorris, County Mayo. She completed a Masters in...

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5 - Bebe Ashley

Welcome to Day 5 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Bebe Ashley. Bebe Ashley lives in Belfast. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Light Shining,...

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6 - Seán Hewitt

Welcome to Day 6 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Seán Hewitt. Seán Hewitt was born in 1990. He previously held a postdoctoral position...

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7 - Gráinne Murphy

Welcome to Day 7 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Gráinne Murphy. Gráinne Murphy is a Cork-based writer, reader and coffee-drinker. She writes long...

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8 - Marianne Lee

Welcome to Day 8 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Marianne Lee. Marianne Lee grew up in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, in the heart of...

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9 - Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is co-editor of Winter Papers as well as being the author of three novels and three short story collections. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the...

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10 - Helena Close

Welcome to Day 10 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Helena Close. Limerick City native Helena Close has been writing full-time for 20 years....

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11 - Stephen Sexton

Welcome to Day 11 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Stephen Sexton. Stephen Sexton’s first book, If All the World and Love Were Young...

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12 - Michelle Gallen

Welcome to Day 12 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Michelle Gallen. Michelle Gallen was born in Tyrone in the 1970s and grew up...

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13 - Cauvery Madhavan

Welcome to Day 13 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Cauvery Madhavan. Cauvery Madhavan was born in India and moved to Ireland thirty-three years...

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14 - Oein DeBhairduin

Welcome to Day 14 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Oein DeBhairduin. Oein DeBhairduin is a creative soul with a passion for poetry, folk...

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15 - Enda Wyley

Welcome to Day 15 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Enda Wyley. Enda Wyley is poet and children’s author. She was born in Dún...

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16 - Patrick Freyne

Welcome to Day 16 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Patrick Freyne. Patrick Freyne spent most of his twenties trying to be a rock...

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17 - Alice Lyons

Welcome to Day 17 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Alice Lyons. Alice Lyons is a writer whose work embraces the visual arts. Author...

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18 - Colin Barrett

Welcome to Day 18 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Colin Barrett. Colin Barrett is the author of Young Skins, a collection of short...

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19 - Niamh Campbell

Welcome to Day 19 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Niamh Campbell. Niamh Campbell’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The Dublin Review,...

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20 - Tim MacGabhann

Welcome to Day 20 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Tim MacGabhann. Tim MacGabhann is the author of Call Him Mine and How To...

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21 - Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi

Welcome to Day 21 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi. Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi is a Nigerian-Irish writer, editor, performer and arts-facilitator. Her work...

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22 - John Connell

Welcome to Day 22 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is John Connell. John Connell’s work has been published in Granta’s ‘New Irish Writing’ issue. His...

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23 - Sarah Crossan

Welcome to Day 23 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Sarah Crossan. Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now...

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24 - Eoin Colfer

Welcome to Day 24 of our West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Eoin Colfer. Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of eight previous...

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