West Cork Literary Festival 2021
6th July 2021
Poets, Screenwriters, established and debutant novelists and podcasters gather for all-star line-up at West Cork Literary Festival online, which can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world. The line-up is diverse and inspiring, the online programme includes American author Torrey Peters, singer-songwriter Tolü Makay + poet Felispeaks, screenwriter Kate O’Riordan, Galway novelist Gavin Corbett, American author and journalist Bonnie Tsui, author Christy Lefteri, and many more.
In addition to the festival’s online events, organisers are holding a small number of outdoor events in at a marquee outside Bantry House for the weekend of 10-12 July. Guests include Graham Norton, Cauvery Madhavan, Anna Griffen & Rachel Donohue, Rónán Hession, Alannah Hopkin, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe & Seán Hewitt, Lisa McInerney & Eimear Ryan, John Connell, and Louise Kennedy & Stephen Walsh, and The Book Doctor returns to St Brendan’s N.S
Festival Director, Eimear O’Herlihy says “Programming a festival during a pandemic has proved to be incredibly challenging whilst also throwing up some really interesting opportunities – and the balance between the two shifts from day to day. I’ve really missed meeting writers and audiences and seeing them interact with one another and I’m craving the buzz of seeing visitors and locals alike enjoying the festival atmosphere in our town.
Over the past year we have focused on supporting writers and doing everything we can to provide them with paid opportunities whilst also connecting them with readers. It has been wonderful seeing people tune in from all over the world and being able to present literary events throughout the year rather than focusing everything on one week. We love seeing the country opening up again but of course this does mean that people are less likely to tune into online events and we are also hosting some outdoor in-person events in an ever-changing landscape.”
“It’s been quite the year but we are still here and we are more committed than ever to supporting the work of Irish and international writers at all stages of their careers.”
Visit here to see West Cork Literary Festival’s 2021 programme and for bookings. Tickets for the in-person events in Bantry, sold in pods of two, will go on sale today (Tuesday 6th July) at 12 noon, and tickets for Graham Norton, sold in pods of six, will go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 7th July) at 12 noon.
Pictured: Lisa Harding, Sue Leonard and Fíona Scarlett (image: Darragh Kane)