The Reading City

Major library reading events and festivals in the annual calendar

Cork World Book Fest

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An annual celebration of international books, reading and writing that takes place each year in late April. This year's festival featured Kit De Waal, Salley Vickers, John Boyne, Dr. Anatoly Kudrayavitsky, Zhu Wenying, and more. Please visit the website for full information at

One City, One Book

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One City, One Book brings the city together as a community through reading and discussion of a common book. As well as building a sense of community the project aims to promote individual and social wellbeing through literature, local and international culture, discussion and creative writing.

The book chosen for the 2017 project (The things we lose, the things we leave behind by Billy O’Callaghan) was the most borrowed adult book in Cork City Libraries during that year. Chinese-American author and Princeton professor Yiyun Li was the featured writer in 2018 for her collection of short stories Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. The book presents insights into Chinese culture, politics, folklore and suspense, ‘it reveals worlds strange and familiar, and cultures both traditional and modern, to create a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.’

The featured writer for 2019 will be announced in June.
The project is supported by Cork City Council’s Creative Ireland Team.

“The city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.”
-Mary McGrory, The Washington Post