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Cork World Book Fest 2016

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Cllr. Chris O’Leary, Árdmhéara Chorcaí, will officially open the 12th edition of the Cork World Book Fest at Cork City Library 7pm, 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. 

To book events taking place in the library, please call: 021 4924900

To book events taking place in the Triskel, please visit the Triskel website.

Tuesday 19 April


Cllr. Chris O’Leary, Árdmhéara Chorcaí, will officialy open the 12th edition of the Cork World Book Fest         

City Library                  19:00                           FREE

This year’s Fest, a century on from 1916, will open with ‘The Poets Rising: World Voices’.  Four of the seven signatories of the  Proclamation of the Irish Republic were poets.  The featured poets in the opening event, from three different cultures, are: Bejan Matur, from Istanbul; the Scottish Makar (national poet) Liz Lochhead, and Itxaro Borda, a young poet from Euzkadi (Basque country).

 City Library               20.30                           FREE

‘WINTER PAGES 1’   Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith

Kevin Barry will read his ‘Cork’ story from the first volume of this new arts anthology of stories, essays, reportage, photography and visual.  In amongst the detail and the ‘anecdotage,’ the authors pose the questions:  how do you do what it is that you do?


Wednesday 20 April 

TEEN DAY   Spread the Words...     City Library, all day from 10:30

Launches, interviews, readings, workshops, film screenings, art installations, competitions and more

Cork Community Art Link / St Vincent’s Secondary School unveil their art installation ‘The Trouble With Words’

Adult Library  from 10:30

Launches and Presentations

Including at 12 noon launch of Unfinished Book 2016

Children’s Library from 12:30

Incredible Interviews and Random Readings

Thomas Davis Room from 12 noon

Workshops and Screenings

Cork City Libraries’ Teen Committee, in conjunction with Framework Films, Judie Chalmers and IES Ltd.  For a full programme listing contact

 City Library                  14:30                                       FREE

Andrey Mashinyan is a poet, short story writer, and Director of the Irish Cultural Centre of St. Petersburg.  His work has been praised by, among other, the late Seamus Heaney. He is currently writing a book on Ireland for a Russian audience.

City Library                  19:00                                       FREE   

Ed Vulliamy  ‘My Five Favourite Revolutionary Writers

Author and journalist (The Guardian and The Observer), Ed Vulliamy’s experiences 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, have made him as interested in what should be, as in what is.  Introduced by Liam Ronayne.

City Library                  20:30                           FREE


Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s Miss Emily reimagines the private life of poet Emily Dickinson through her own voice and through the eyes of her family’s Irish maid.  Rob Doyle’s Here are the Young men is set in 2003 Ireland when the Celtic Tiger is still roaring loudly.   Introduced by Jean Brennan, Arts Officer, Cork City Council.

Triskel GULP’D            21:00                           FREE

Short-short stories

Readings facilitated by Hilary Lennon and Ciaran Meade, in association with Triskel’s creative writing workshops.  Special guest Sara Baume.


Thursday 21 April

Children’s Library 10:00

Deirdre Ryan presents  Story, Rhythm and Rhyme.  Deirdre’s sessions for young children and their grown-ups are a firm favourite with Library regulars. Through story, movement and rhyme Deirdre engages her young audience in a fun way that helps to build pre-literacy skills and a love of books and reading.

Children’s Library                    11.30a.m.        FREE, but booking essential

The Lonely Flower Audio Drama Workshop.   Ann Dalton is a Cork writer and producer of radio drama for children. Her dramas, including The Lonely Flower, have been broadcast by RTE Jnr. In this workshop, children get to explore how a story can begin and how it can be brought to life through audio.

City Library                  15:00 – 16:30              FREE but booking essential

Creative writing workshop

with Kevin Curran  author of Citizens (2016) & Beatsploitation (2013).

City Library                  17:00 – 18:00 Saor in Aisce [FREE but booking essential]

Máistir-rang sa scríbhneoireacht filíochta i nGaeilge le Louis de Paor agus baill de chuid ‘Peann & Pár’ – grúpa scríobhnóirí lonnaithe sa Leabharlann.

City Library                  19:00                           FREE

Leabhar na hAthghabhála’ beidh Biddy Jenkinson, Colbert Kearney agus Billy Ramsell i gcuidiú le Louis de Paor, chun ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar cnuasach nua d’fhilíocht na linne seo.  Leabhar na hAthghabhála is a fresh new collection of contemporary Irish-language poetry.  Tonight’s event features contributors Louis de Paor and Biddy Jenkinson, and translators Colbert Kearney and Billy Ramsell.

City Library                  20:30                           FREE

Liberties Press authors

  • Caitriona Lally best newcomer nominee Irish Book Awards 2015 Eggshells
  • Kevin Curran, author of Citizens
  • Jan Carson author of Children’s children.   

Introduced by Mary Malone.

Triskel Christchurch    20:30               €6/€5

WOMEN IN THE MUSLIM WORLD  Rob Nordland & Maram al-Masri with Theo Dorgan. Pulitzer prize winning journalist and Kabul Bureau Chief for The New York Times, Ron Nordland, and Syrian poet Maram al-Masri, put a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.

Ron Nordland’s nonfiction book The Lovers is a real-life equivalent of The Kite Runner.  Maram al-Masri’s recent collection Barefoot Souls was translated by Theo Dorgan.


Friday 22 April

Children’s Library                    10:00 and 11:30      FREE, but booking essential       

Debbie Thomas  Author Visit and creative writing workshop

Debbie worked for ten years in Bangladesh and South Africa as a development journalist for aid agencies and newspapers. Now a children’s writer, Debbie is passionate about encouraging confidence and creative thinking in young people, believing everyone is uniquely creative, often in ways overlooked by the school curriculum. 

Triskel Christchurch                14.00               FREE


Launch of books written by transition year students from St. Angela’s College.  Special guest Louise O’Neill.  Note:  Louise will also be reading her favourite passage from Charlotte Brontë at the City Library tonight at 19.00 (see below).


City Library                  19:00               FREE

Charlotte Brontë’s Birthday!

Charlotte Brontë was born on 21 April 1816; come and celebrate her 200th birthday with Louise O’Neill,  Maureen O’Connor, and Kathy D’Arcy, who will read their favourite pieces of Charlotte’s work, and talk about her influence on them. 

Triskel Christchurch                20:30               €6 / €5

IRELAND:  100 years on.  The State in post-election Ireland?  Deaglán de Breadún with Ursula Halligan

De Breadún’s Power Play: the Rise of modern Sinn Fein revealed the most enthralling political story of 2015, written by one of the most experienced political journalists in Ireland.

Ursula Halligan is the highly respected and experienced political  editor of Ireland’s main independent television station, TV3. 


Saturday 23 April

Children’s Library                    11:00  

Deirdre Ryan presents  Story, Rhythm and Rhyme

Deirdre’s sessions for young children and their grown-ups are a firm favourite with Library regulars. Through story, movement and rhyme Deirdre engages her young audience in a fun way that helps to build pre-literacy skills and a love of books and reading.

Children’s Library                    14:30

Tell-a-Tale Children’s Theatre presents

Max and Millie’s Midnight Adventure: music, shadow puppetry and  a variety of characters and animal puppets.

Guaranteed fun for all ages.

The CONSTANT READER: Agents, authors and publishers

FREE but booking essential

10-11.30          Agent Panel: Simon Trewin (WME) & Polly Nolan (The Greenhouse Literary Agency)  Chair, Vanessa O’Loughlin

12-1.00            Author panel: Hazel Gaynor, Alana Kirk & Elizabeth Murray, Chair M. Malone

2-4.30              Getting published: Vanessa O’Loughlin

Triskel  Christchurch               13:15                           FREE

RTE CONTEMPO QUARTET “the ABBA of classical music” (Strad)

Described by The Strad magazine as “a polished and professional group…full of exuberance with a fine sense of ensemble”, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet is one of the most exciting and vibrant chamber ensembles performing today.

Triskel  Christchurch               16:00               €6 / 5

Comedy with Maeve Higgins.  Cobh native Maeve Higgins’ book Away from home and loving it.  Sort of.  “Off you go” charts her move to the Big Apple.  She will discuss the move, the book, and everything else besides with writer Paul McVeigh who is himself no stranger to comedy.

Voices from another Spain

City Library                  15:00                           FREE

Galician poet Elvira Ribeiro, with Keith Payne

City Library                  16:00                           FREE

Martha Tennant, internationally known translator of Catalan literature.

Followed by delicious Catalan food and drink in the City Library, courtesy of the Cork World Book Fest.


Triskel Christchurch       20:00            FREE


New short story collections by William Wall and Mary Morrissy.

William Wall’s collection is published by Doire Press.  Mary Morrissy’s by Jonathan Cape.  MC Hilary Lennon

This event is in honour of former Triskel Arts Centre Director Penny Rae who died in 2015, and who helped establish the first Cork World Book Fest in 2005.  Special guest is her partner Carl Cordonnier, photographer, who has compiled a book on Penny’s life.

Previous Festivals

The first Cork World Book Fest was held in Cork in 2005, when the city was European Capital of Culture.  Cork World Book Fest brings books and reading to the centre of Cork life for four days each April; the highlight is the street fair on the Saturday, with more than thirty stalls plus street entertainment just outside the Central Library, along the Grand Parade, and in Bishop Lucey Park. It is this ‘fair day’ atmosphere that distinguishes Cork World Book Fest from other literary events around Ireland.

Cork World Book Fest 2014 programme(1,203KB)

Cork World Book Fest 2012 programme(1,455KB)

Cork World Book Fest 2011 programme(485KB)

Cork World Book Fest 2010 programme(425KB)

Cork World Book Fest 2009 Programme(591KB)