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Following the unavoidable cancellation of the 2020 WCLF due to the Covid-19 pandemic, plans are underway to move most of the writing workshops and professional development sessions including a group session with a literary agent and individual sessions with an editor online. Exact details of these online workshops will be announced shortly. Those who have already booked places on the writing workshops will be contacted soon by a member of the Festival team.

We would like to thank Cork County Council for their support of the 2020 online programme.


We monitored the COVID-19 situation closely and waited to take this decision, and it now seems likely that restrictions on gatherings will remain for the foreseeable future. The safety of artists, audiences, and staff, is the most important priority.

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Meet the Writers

Biographies and images of writers who will appear online, and those who were to appear, at our 2020 festival

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