MAKE the most of your summer holidays and visit Bantry for the 2017 West Cork Literary Festival, taking place from the 14th to 21st of July.
The festival have announced a star studded line-up of guests including: Graham Norton, Colm Tóibín, Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright, John Boyne, Paula Meehan, Eimear McBride, Dame Marina Warner, Dermot Bolger, Ian McGuire, Tomi Ungerer, Carol Drinkwater, Min Kym, American poet Maggie Smith, Emma Jane Kirby, Mia Gallagher, Mike McCormack, Billy O’Callaghan, Eileen Battersby, Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Jon McGregor, Shane Connaughton, Trish Deseine, Melissa Harrison, Sarah Perry, and many more.
Festival Director Eimear O’Herlihy said, “I hope that you will be as excited as I am about the incredible range of Irish and international writers taking part in this year’s festival. There is such a wealth of talent out there across all genres from poetry to literary fiction, memoir to children’s literature, journalism to nature writing, music to food writing, travel and place-based writing to short stories and writers whose work crosses several genres. I have really enjoyed reading so many new works over the past twelve months and I’m delighted to share some of my discoveries with you.”
In a week packed with readings, workshops, interviews, seminars and children’s events, audience members can also enjoy a dip into Bantry Bay at the Festival Swim, attend a reading on the LÉ Samuel Beckett navy vessel, zen out with yoga on the lawns of Bantry House, walk the landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way, or call into the West Cork Letter Cafe to write to a loved one.
Those wishing to hone their writing skills can attend seminars on diary writing, book reviewing, how to attract a literary agent and writing restaurant reviews. Writing workshops will be given by by Alissa Nutting, Vona Groarke, Lara Marlowe, Dave Lordan, Jan Carson, Dean Bakopoulos, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Phoebe Smith. Cork singer songwriter John Spillane, who tutors the Festival’s song writing workshop, will close the week with an evening of song and story in the intimate setting of Ma Murphy’s.
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 is now open on www.westcorkliteraryfestival.ie, Telephone: 027 52788/9 LoCall: 1850 788 789.