Cllr. Chris O’Leary, Árdmhéara Chorcaí, will officially open the 12th edition of the Cork World Book Fest at Cork City Library 7.00 p.m., Tuesday 19 April. The five day long festival features international poets and writers as well as emerging and established Irish writers. This year Ed Vulliamy, Andrey Mashinyan, Bejan Matur, Liz Lochhead, Louis de Paor, Kevin Barry, Maram al-Masri, Rod Nordland, Deaglán De Breadún, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, William Wall and Mary Morrissy are among the line-up.
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“Revolution and writing about revolution are the central strands for the year that’s in it,” says Cork City librarian Liam Ronayne, Chair of Cork World Book Fest. “Our opening event, The Poets Rising: World Voices responds to the fact that four of the seven signatories of our proclamation were poets. We are delighted to welcome to Cork Bejan Matur, from Istanbul; the Scottish Makar - national poet, Liz Lochhead; and Itxaro Borda, a young poet from Euzkadi, the Basque country.”
Keeping with the theme of Revolution, on Wednesday Ed Vulliamy will speak of his experiences as a journalist covering the Balkan conflict in the early 1990s, New York at the time of 9/11, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the Mexican cartels. On Friday night Deaglán de Breadún will discuss his new book Power Play: the Rise of modern Sinn Féin with TV3’s political editor Ursula Halligan. Thursday evening Pulitzer prize winning journalist and Kabul Bureau Chief for The New York Times, Rod Nordland, and Syrian poet Maram al-Masri, put a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.
“Every year we showcase new books,” says Triskel Christchurch literature programmer Ann Luttrell, also programmer on the fest. “This year we launch new short story collections by well-known Cork writers William Wall and Mary Morrissy as well as introducing new talent Rob Doyle. Three Liberties Press authors will come to Cork: Caitriona Lally who is nominated as best newcomer nominee in the Irish Book Awards 2015 with Eggshells, Kevin Curran, author of Citizens and Jan Carson author of Children’s children. Kevin Barry will read his Cork story from the first volume of this new arts anthology of stories, essays, reportage, photography and visuals which ask the reader ‘how do you do what it is that you do?’”
Leabhar na hAthghabhála, a fresh new collection of contemporary Irish-language poetry will debut on Thursday 21 at Cork City Library featuring contributors Louis de Paor and Biddy Jenkinson. While home in Cork Louis de Paor will lead a master-class on writing poetry in the Irish language. Other learning events include a creative writing workshop with Kevin Curran and professional clinics with agents, authors and publishers on Saturday 23 in Cork City Library.
There is a feast of activity for younger readers with a whole day dedicated to Teen events Wednesday 20 April. A few highlights of the day are the unveiling of The Trouble with Words - a new installation by Cork Community Art Link, Incredible Interviews and Random Readings, Flash Cover Art & Fan Fiction Competitions and Blind Dating with Books. St Angela’s Transition Year Books will once again be launched by Louise O’Neill at Triskel Friday 22 April. Several events are programmed for younger children such as Tell-A-Tale Children’s Theatre, The Lonely Flower Audio Drama Workshop and Story, Rhythm And Rhyme.
Maeve Higgins will bring her unique brand of comedy to the fest Saturday 23 and discuss her book Away from home and loving it. Sort of. “Off you go”. On Friday night Cork City Library Kathy D’Arcy, Maureen O’Connor and Louise O’Neill will host event celebrating Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday. Wednesday evening Nuala Ní Chonchúir delves into her book Miss Emily which reimagines the private life of poet Emily Dickenson as told through the voice of her family’s Irish maid.