Our 2023 Programme

Browse our full 2023 programme below. Our 2024 line-up will be announced in late March/early April. See you in Bantry next summer, 12-19 July 2024!

View our WCLF Brochure (PDF) here

Literary Agent: Sallyanne Sweeney – online

7 July 20231:00 pm
Zoom
€12

Richard Kearney: Salvage

7 July 20233:00 pm
Marino (Old Methodist) Church, Bantry
€18

WCLF Opening Reception

7 July 20235:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free – all welcome

Arts For Health: West Cork with E.R. Murray

7 July 2023
Private event

Exhibition: Cow Tuesday by John David Ratajkowski

7 July 2023
Bantry Library
Free – all week

Letter Café

7 July 2023
Forest & Flock
Free – all week

Graham Norton

7 July 20238:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€32

Yoga in the Loggia (moved from Lawn due to rain!)

8 July 20239:00 am
Bantry House Tearooms
€15 – pay on the day

Poetry As Commemoration: Teen workshop

8 July 202311:00 am
Marino (Old Methodist) Church, Bantry
Free but ticketed. Max 15 people. Age: 14-17

Sir Adam The Brave & The Moody Monsters: David & Adam King

8 July 202311:00 am
St. Brendan’s Hall
Free but ticketed. Age 3+

Clara Kumagai: Catfish Rolling

8 July 202311:30 am
Bantry Bookshop
Free. Age 14+ (also loved by adults!)

From The Well: hosted by Alex Barclay

8 July 20231:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Eoghan Daltun: An Irish Atlantic Rainforest

8 July 20232:15 pm
Whiddy Island
€25 including ferry

Yeva Skalietska: You Don’t Know What War Is: The diary of a young girl from Ukraine

8 July 20235:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Owen O’Neill: The Whole Nine Yarns

8 July 20238:30 pm
Marino (Old Methodist) Church, Bantry
€20

Open Mic

8 July 202310:00 pm
Ma Murphy’s
Free
Easkey Britton, Irish surfer, scientist and author, on the beach near her home in Rosnowlagh, Co. Donegal.
Photo: James Connolly
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Easkey Britton: Ebb and Flow

9 July 202310:00 am
Bantry House Tearooms
€12

The Simple Act of Walking: Writing Workshop with Arnold Thomas Fanning

9 July 202310:00 am
The Maritime Hotel
€30

Festival Swim

9 July 202311:20 am
The Abbey Strand
Free

Nicole Flattery & Megan Nolan

9 July 202312:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€18

Cónal Creedon: Art Imitating Life Imitating Death

9 July 20232:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€18

Poetry SOS: Vital Signs with Jane Clarke

9 July 20233:00 pm | 3:15 pm | 3:30 pm | 3:45 pm | 4:00 pm | 4:15 pm | 4:30 pm | 4:45 pm | 5:00 pm | 5:15 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€10 for an individual ten-minute slot

Leona Forde: Milly McCarthy is a Complete Catastrophe

9 July 20233:00 pm
St. Brendan’s Hall
Free but ticketed

Holy Show’s Sunday Sermon

9 July 20234:30 pm
Marino (Old Methodist) Church, Bantry
Free

Cancelled: Alice Zeniter

9 July 2023
The Maritime Hotel
Cancelled

Donal Ryan: The Queen of Dirt Island

9 July 20238:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€20 (Tickets available on the door)

Open Mic

9 July 202310:00 pm
The Maritime Hotel
Free

Workshop: Crime Writing with Catherine Ryan Howard

10 July 20239:30 am
St Finbarr’s Boys National School
€230

Workshop: Essay Writing with Brian Dillon

10 July 20239:30 am
St Finbarr’s Boys National School
€230

Workshop: Intensive Fiction Writing with Belinda McKeon

10 July 20239:30 am
St Finbarr’s Boys National School
€230

Workshop: Place Writing with Cal Flyn

10 July 20239:30 am
Whiddy Island
€245 including ferry

Dylan Brennan & Jane Clarke

10 July 202310:00 am
Bantry House Tearooms
€12

Workshop: Making Poetry with James Harpur

10 July 202310:00 am
St Finbarr’s Boys National School
€230

Gráinne Murphy: Winter People

10 July 202311:30 am
Bantry Bookshop
Free

David Toms: Pacemaker

10 July 20231:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Anya Bergman & Sophie White

10 July 20232:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€18

The Presidents’ Letters: Flor MacCarthy

10 July 20235:00 pm
Marino (Old Methodist) Church, Bantry
€18

Cal Flyn & Katie Holten

10 July 20236:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€16

IWC/WCLF Young Writer Delegates Programme 2023

10 July 2023
Apply by 17 May. Ages 18-26

Sally Hayden: My Fourth Time, We Drowned

10 July 20238:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€20

Open Mic

10 July 202310:00 pm
The Maritime Hotel
Free

Kathleen Balgley: Letters To My Father

11 July 202310:00 am
Bantry House Tearooms
€12

Poetry As Commemoration: Workshop

11 July 202311:00 am
The Maritime Hotel
Free but ticketed. Max 12 people

Daragh Fleming: Lonely Boy

11 July 202311:30 am
Bantry Bookshop
Free

Sarah Byrne & Jente Posthuma

11 July 20231:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Mic Drop: Author Event Masterclass with Dave Rudden

11 July 20232:00 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€80

Elaine Feeney & Jarred McGinnis

11 July 20232:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€18

Writing the Crisis: Creative Responses to Climate Change

11 July 20235:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Launch of the 2023 Fish Anthology

11 July 20236:00 pm
The Maritime Hotel
Free

India Knight: Darling

11 July 20238:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€20

Open Mic

11 July 202310:00 pm
Ma Murphy’s
Free

CANCELLED: Writing workshop & garden tour with Sarah Byrne

12 July 202310:00 am
Bantry House Gardens
€30

Gerda Blees: We Are Light

12 July 202310:00 am
Bantry House Tearooms
€12

Elephant Island: Leo Timmers

12 July 202311:00 am
St. Brendan’s Hall
Free but ticketed. Age: 4-11

Sara O’Donovan: Within You Without You

12 July 202311:30 am
Bantry Bookshop
Free

William Wall: Empty Bed Blues

12 July 20231:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Raymond Antrobus & Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

12 July 20232:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€18. ISL Interpretation

The Summer I Robbed a Bank: Family Theatre

12 July 20233:00 pm
St. Brendan’s Hall
Free but ticketed. Age 8+

Maurice Devitt & Matthew Geden

12 July 20235:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Open Mic Matinee

12 July 20236:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
Free

Winnie M Li & Catherine Ryan Howard

12 July 20236:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€16

John Banville: The Singularities

12 July 20238:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€20

Open Mic

12 July 202310:00 pm
Ma Murphy’s
Free

Brian Dillon: Affinities

13 July 202310:00 am
Bantry House Tearooms
€12

Can Bears Ski? Raymond Antrobus

13 July 202311:00 am
St. Brendan’s Hall
Free but ticketed. Age 3+. ISL Interpreter

Disha Bose: Dirty Laundry

13 July 202311:30 am
Bantry Bookshop
Free

James Harpur & Billy O’Callaghan

13 July 20231:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

The Rainbow Library with Kip Alizadeh

13 July 20232:15 pm
St. Brendan’s Hall
Free

Darina Allen & Rory O’Connell

13 July 20233:00 pm
Bantry House
€25

Library Writing Groups Showcase

13 July 20235:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Young Writer Delegates Showcase

13 July 20235:00 pm
The Maritime Hotel
Free

Majed Mujad & Kareem James Abu-Zeid: The Book of Trivialities

13 July 20236:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€16

Hannah Sullivan & Molly Twomey

13 July 20238:30 pm
The Maritime Hotel
€20

Open Mic

13 July 202310:00 pm
Ma Murphy’s
Free

John David Ratajkowski: Cow Tuesday

14 July 202310:00 am
Bantry House Tearooms
€12

Seaweed & Sealing Wax 3: Ellen Hutchins & Dawson Turner. Featuring Marianne Lee

14 July 202311:00 am
Future Forests
€18

Soula Emmanuel & Ann-Marie MacDonald

14 July 20231:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Running Feet, Sharp Noses with Sara Baume & Jessica Traynor

14 July 20233:00 pm
National Learning Network (NLN)
€18

Exhibition Opening: Neither Here Nor There

14 July 20235:00 pm
Marino (Old Methodist) Church, Bantry
Free

Jon Gower: A Biography of the Irish Sea

14 July 20235:00 pm
Bantry Library
Free

Loah: Public Interview

14 July 20237:30 pm
Ma Murphy’s
€16

Pop Up Gaeltacht

14 July 20239:00 pm
Ma Murphy’s
Free

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