Booking open for West Cork Literary Festival workshops

Doireann Ni Ghriofa

Calling all aspiring and established writers: secure your place now for some of the amazing workshops on offer at the West Cork Literary Festival, which runs in venues in Bantry and Whiddy Island from July 14th to 21st.

From Writing a Novel to Song Writing, Journalism to Poetry, there is a workshop for writers at all levels, looking to spend time in this beautiful seaside town, honing their craft. Workshop facilitators include Alissa Nutting, Dean Bakopoulos, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Vona Groarke, Lara Marlowe, Dave Lordan, Jan Carson, John Spillane and Phoebe Smith. Workshops will be filled with lively discussions which writers can use as jumping off points to spark fresh, passionate work. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment and online booking is open on the festival website (

Colm Tóibín, Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Dame Marina Warner, Eimear McBride and Anne Enright, The Laureate for Irish Fiction,are just some of the guests already announced for the renowned festival. Cork author, Billy O’Callaghan, a 2017 Costa Short Story runner-up for The Boatman, will read from his first novel The Dead House, due to be published later this year and Dermot Bolger will read from his latest novel, The Lonely Sea and Sky.

Visiting from the UK, Ian McGuire and Jon McGregor, both long listed for the Booker Prize, will read at the festival, as will Sarah Perry, whose novel, The Essex Serpent, is the Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016. Brendan Barrington, editor at Penguin Ireland and of the Dublin Review, will be attending the festival as Editor in Residence.

Carol Drinkwater returns to Bantry to read from her new novel The Lost Girl and Lisa McInerney will read from The Blood Miracles. Poetry is again well represented with the new Ireland Chair of Poetry (2016-2019), Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paula Meehan, former Ireland Chair of Poetry (2013-2016), and former editor of Poetry Ireland, Vona Groarke.

The Children’s Festival remains as popular as ever with events this year featuring PJ Lynch, Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, and many more special events.

The West Cork Literary Festival runs from July 14th to 21st and is generously supported by The Arts Council, Cork County Library and Arts Service and Fáilte Ireland. Booking for workshops now available on, Telephone: 027 52788, LoCall: 1850 788 789. Booking for readings and individual events will open at the end of March.