West Cork Literary Festival 2018

Make the most of the summer and visit Bantry for the 2018 West Cork Literary Festival, taking place from the 13th to 20th of July. A spectacular line-up of guests has been announced including West Cork native Louise O’Neill, Bernard MacLaverty, Margaret Drabble, Joseph O’Neill, Ruth Padel, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Nick Laird, Zadie Smith, Fintan O’Toole, Catríona Perry, Inua Ellams and many more.

Journalist Sam Bungey and documentary producer Jennifer Forde, the couple behind the phenomenally successful West Cork podcast, an audio series about the unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, will discuss the making of this thoughtful and compelling podcast with journalist Justine McCarthy.

Eileen O’Brien, from Cork County Library and Arts Service says that it is a pleasure to play host to some of the many wonderful readings and discussions that take place during the West Cork Literary Festival, “readers get to see long-admired authors unmasked, people that have hitherto been a friend on their bookshelves taking shape in the reality of familiar and intimate settings. Just as exciting is the chance to discover new authors, thanks to the strategic groupings that have been conceived allowing unexpected connections to be made.”

In a week packed with readings, workshops, interviews, seminars and children’s events, audiences can also enjoy a dip in Bantry Bay for the Festival Swim, zen out with yoga on the lawns of Bantry House, enjoy the Festival Walk, or call into the West Cork Letter Café to let someone know that you’re thinking of them.

Those wishing to hone their writing skills can attend workshops on amongst other things, novel writing, journalism, or how to write a cookbook. Workshops will be given by Marie-Helene Bertino, Trish Deseine, Martina Evans, Sinéad Gleeson, Philip Hoare, Dave Lordon, Justine McCarthy, Billy Ramsell, Eimear Ryan, Katherine Weber and Dave Lordan with E.R. Murray.

Truly a highlight of the literary calendar the West Cork Literary Festival is one not to be missed.


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