CORK WORLD BOOK FEST 2013
During 23 - 27 April, Cork celebrated Cork World Book Fest - Cork’s own celebration of all that’s great about books and readings.
This year we had a first-class line-up once again – we celebrated the life and work of Aidan Higgins, a giant of Irish and world literature, and welcomed two wonderful young US poets, Tracy K. Smith and Michael Dickman, selected for us by guest curator Paul Muldoon.To coincide with Ireland’s Presidency of the European Council, we featured writers from central and eastern Europe: Pawel Huelle, Drago Jančar and Kirill Kobrin.On the Wednesday evening we remembered Maeve Binchy, as writer and person, and showcased some of the exciting young writers published by Bradshaw Books.
Download the full programme, or check out what wne on during the Fest, day by day:
Tuesday 23 April
Wednesday 24 April
Thursday 25 April
Friday 26 April
Saturday 27 April
Cork World Book Fest Exhibitions
City Library 11.00 and 16.00
Polish author Pawel Beresewicz, a rising star in Polish children’s literature, will read from his work in the Children’s Library, morning and afternoon.
City Library 19.00
Book Launch and Opening Reception
Launch of Leanne O’Sullivan’s new collection The Mining Road. Award-winning author of Waiting for My Clothes (2004) and Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009), Leanne’s new collection is eagerly awaited. The book will be launched by poet and playwright Paula Meehan, “more natural rebel than shrinking violet”, in the words of Dilys Wood.
City Library 20.00
Aidan Higgins: A Writer’s Life
Neil Donnelly hosts a tribute to the renowned Irish novelist, short story writer and dramatist. Aidan is best known for his classic novels Langrishe, Go Down (1966) and Balcony of Europe (1972) and more recent biographical work Dog Days (1998).
This event will feature readings from Aidan’s work, and reflections from Derek Mahon, Thomas McCarthy, and Brian Lynch on Aidan’s contribution to Irish and world literature.
“Aidan Higgins is a born writer, in love with language and what language can do” (Frank O’Connor)
Langrishe, go down
Images of Africa
Balcony of Europe
Scenes from a receding past
Asylum & other stories
Helsingør Station & other departures
Ronda Gorge & other precipices
Lions of the Grunewald
Flotsam & Jetsam
As I was riding down Duval Boulevard with Pete La Salle
Darkling Plain: texts for the air
Blind man’s bluff
City Library from 11.00
11.00 Start of Teen day
11.10 5th annual short story competition
Readings and presentation of prizes by Kevin Doyle
11.30 Webisodes film competition
Announcement of winner, and showing of selected clips
12.00 5th Graphic novel
Launch by graphic artist Will Sliney, from Ballycotton; graphic novel facilitated by John W. Sexton, writer,
and Alan Barrett, artist
12.30 Launch of Unfinished Book 2013
This year’s Unfinished Book facilitated and co-ordinated by Paul Casey
13.00 ‘Unfinished book’ open mic
Hear Cork’s newest poetic voices
13.00 Master class for Graphic Novel, with Will Sliney
Pre-booking essential – 021 4924903
13.30 – 16.30 ‘Ground Floor’ facilitated by YMCA, Cork
Workshops for young adults in music and video
15.00 Writing workshop for teens led by Kathy D’Arcy
Pre-booking essential – 021 4924903
Triskel Christchurch 18.30 €8/ €7
Girl with Green Eyes (1964)
Screening as part of Cork World Book Fest 2013
91 mins – UK/Ireland 1964 - Drama | Romance
Director: Desmond Davis
Stars: Peter Finch, Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave
As a tribute to Edna O’Brien who will be at the Fest on April 27th, Triskel is showing this highly acclaimed 1964 film which she adapted from her novel The Lonely Girl. Shot on location in Dublin and Wicklow, Girl with Green Eyes was directed by Desmond Davis, and stars Peter Finch, Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave and Julian Glover. It details the exploits of Kate Brady, a shy Clare girl, and her exuberant flatmate Baba as they explore the temptations of city life.
“Wonderfully tender, touching and humorous” The New York Times
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City Library 19.00
Three new voices in Irish writing: Kathy D’Arcy, and Annette Skade, all from pioneering local publisher Bradshaw Books, read from new work, along with Jennifer Matthews. They will be joined by writer and editor Mark Jarman (Canada) in a discussion on the headaches and joys of getting published.
City Library 20.30
CONSTANT READER event
Remembering Maeve Binchy
With host Vanessa O’Loughlin, Mary Stanley, Mary Malone, and Sarah Harte will celebrate the life and work of Maeve Binchy, who died in 2012. Their personal reminiscences, anecdotes and conversations will shine a light on this unique woman and much-loved author.
Maeve Binchy published novels, non-fiction, a play and several short story collections.
Short story collections
Binchy wrote several dramas specifically for radio and the silver screen. Additionally, several of her novels and short stories were adapted for radio, film, and television.
Since 1968, Binchy was a "frequent and hugely popular contributor to RTÉ Radio".A press released dated 31 July 2012 and posted in that organization's online Press Centre reads:
RTÉ Radio 1 provided the platform for Maeve's many forays into the world of drama. In 2005 RTÉ 2fm DJ Gerry Ryan was among the cast of Surprise, a four-part radio drama written by Maeve. Other radio drama work included the award-winning Infancy and Tia Maria, starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates. Maeve was a driving force behind the RTÉ Radio 1 Human Rights Drama Seasons, while her story The Games Room was adapted for RTÉ Radio 1 by Anne-Marie Casey in 2009.
Gulpd Café, Tobin St. 9.30pm
Flash Fiction Event Admission Free
This event is being facilitated by Hilary Lennon (School of English, UCC) and Ciaran Meade – DI(Y)Verse. As part of Gulpd Cafe’s regular celebration of the spoken word, DI(Y)Verse are pleased to host, in association with Triskel’s short story workshops, readings by invited participants and special guests on the night. Performances will range from the ‘short short’ to experiments with the flash fiction form. All welcome.
Library 11.00 Booking Required
CONSTANT READER event
Creative Writing workshop: ‘ Getting Published’, with Vanessa O’Loughlin.
021 4924917, for enquiries, bookings
Involving Cork schools, a live link-up with a school in Romania, and input from a school in Equatorial Guinea, this is Tigh Filí’s latest initiative in spurring young people’s creative expression.
CONSTANT READER Announcement of Shortlist for ‘Cork’s Favourite Book’
Cork City Libraries have invited the public to nominate their favourite book – novel, biography, travel book, history, whatever. The shortlist comprises the ten books which garner the most votes.
See http://www.corkcitylibraries.ie/servicesandprogrammes/theconstantreaderbooksreading/corksfavouritebook/ for more details
Best European Fiction 2013
Drago Jančar and Kirill Kobrin
Cork World Book Fest is delighted to continue its association with The Dalkey Archive Press, publishers of the Best European Fiction series, which is now in its fourth year and has become a mainstay in the literary landscape.
Best European Fiction has already featured hundreds of writers, and tens of languages – from lesser-used tongues such as Irish and Rhaeto-Romansch (the least-used of Switzerland’s official languages) to French, German and English.
“2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon's series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!”
Drago Jančar is Slovenia's leading writer of prose fiction and drama, and a major intellectual figure in central Europe.
Kirill Kobrin is a Russian writer living in Prague and has been hailed by critics as the "Russian Borges".
Triskel Christchurch 20.30 €6/€5 Pawel Huelle (in conversation with Billy O’Callaghan, with Antonia Lloyd-Jones, translator)
Pawel Huelle is a prominent Polish author of numerous novels, short stories and essays. He worked for the press service of Solidarity during the fall of the Communist regime and has also taught literature, philosophy and history. Besides reading and discussing his work, Pawel will show some images of Gdansk and tell the audience a bit about his life and the place he comes from. Pawel Huelle’s Cold Sea Stories, published by Comma Press (2012), has been longlisted for the The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
Children’s Library 11.00
Children’s author Kevin Kiely, whose new book SOS Lusitania features a nine-year old boy as its hero. Suitable for children aged 9+.
Talk on photography: French photographer, Jean-Marc Godès, whose work has been seen around the world, on his photography practice.
CONSTANT READER event
John MacMonagle ‘Judging a Book by its Cover’
Graphic Designer and Book Club member John MacMonagle has always had an interest in what was on the cover as well as what was between the covers. In this illustrated talk he will take you through some of his personal favourites and some others which should never have seen the light of day.
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill & Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh
Rugadh agus tógadh Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh i dTrá Lí. Tá dánta léi in An Guth, Feasta, Crannóg agus Poetry Ireland Review. Tá roinnt dá saothar filíochta aistrithe ag Gabriel Rosenstock, agus d’fhoilsigh Coiscéim a céad chnuasach filíochta in 2008, Péacadh .
As Corca Dhuibhne di, is ón nglún d’fhilí INNTI í, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Tá a charn filíochta le fáil i gcnuasaigh mar An Dealg Droighin (1981), Féar suaithinseach (1984); Rogha Dánta / Selected Poems (1986); Pharaoh's Daughter (1990); Feis (1991), agus an cnuasach is deanaí, The Fifty Minute Mermaid (bilingual, translations by Paul Muldoon) (2007).
Cork World Book Fest is delighted to feature two Kerry poets in Seisiúin INNTI: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is one of the INNTI founding generation, and a member of Aosdána, Tralee-born Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh’s first collection Péacadh was published in 2008.
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Triskel Christchurch 20.30 €6/5
The Revolution in Syria: past, present, and future
With special guest Syrian novelist, screenwriter and poet Khaled Khalifa
A presentation, including political cartoons from Syria, by Salam Kawakibi, researcher in political and social science from the Arab Reform Initiative (Paris) who is writing extensively on the current situation in Syria. He will be joined by Dr Eleanor O’Gorman (Cambridge), an independent strategist and researcher on international development, conflict and security issues The discussion will be facilitated by Dr Francesco Cavatorta, Director of the PhD Programme at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University.
This event is supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue
Grand Parade all day
PARK & READ Grand Parade/Bishop Lucey Park
In one of the highlights of this year’s World Book Fest, Cork Community Artlink will visually represent the power of books by bringing them to life on Grand Parade, and around the front of the Library, in a humorous and imaginative way.
Since January 2013, Artlink has been making full-size 3D tape sculptures of Corkonians, showing the many and varied way that people read. Watch out for sculptures emerging from the Library, sitting at tables, peering over shoulders . .
WORLD BOOK FEST STREET FAIR
At this year’s World Book Festival market on the Grand Parade expect: performance poets, wordsmiths and musicians all creating a wonderful atmosphere among the booksellers and writers at the Goldiefish market.
There will be food to go, coffee and tea as well, so be sure to drop down to the central library and be entertained by words, rhythm and rhyme.
Delicious artisan foods from the locality will be on offer along with the usual favourite street food options you find at all Goldiefish Markets.
Books Stalls from local sellers will include, James McBarron Books, Tom Trehy Books, Cork University Press, Mercier Press, Macroom Bookshop, BarbaraHubert Book binders and many more.
For more information about the event find the special event page 'Goldiefish Markets' on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Library 10.30
John Maguire, singer and songwriter; suitable for children aged 7-10 approx.
Children’s Library 11.30
Deirdre Ryan, storyteller; suitable for younger children.
Library from 13.00
Antique Books Roadshow
Three antiquarian booksellers will be on site to answer your questions on those old books you always wondered about.
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Faber fiction writers: Lucy Caldwell and Peter Murphy will read and discuss their new novels, in conversation with Madeleine D’Arcy
All the Beggars Riding is Lucy Caldwell’s third novel, a gripping story of a woman who learns much from unravelling her family secrets and confronting her past.
Shall We Gather at the River, Peter Murphy’s second novel, is the story of a small town and the great flood that afflicts it. Over a period of 14 days in 1984, nine souls enter the water in a spate of rash suicides . . . http://www.faber.co.uk/
Grand Parade 15.30
Paul Casey & ‘Ó Bhéal’: 10 local poets perform their work on the street.
Triskel Christchurch 16.00 €6/€5
Edna O’Brien in conversation with Eibhear Walshe
Edna O’Brien will discuss her memoir Country Girl with fellow memoirist Dr. Eibhear Walshe (author of Cissie’s Abattoir). In her memoir Edna O’Brien has recast her life with the imaginative insight of a poet. It is a book of unfathomable depths and honesty.
‘Edna O’Brien has made of her memories something of both precision and depth . . . Only Colette is her equal as a student of the ardors of an independent woman who is also on her own as a writer.’ Philip Roth
‘What a banquet indeed . . . No one else could have written it, and no one else could have lived it. The book is a poetic testament to what Scott Fitzgerald called our ‘capacity for wonder’.’ Andrew O’Hagan
Una trobada amb la cultura catalana / A Catalan cultural encounter
Cork World Book Fest is inspired by the Catalan Diada de Sant Jordi / Day of the Book. Enjoy the cream of Catalan literature, music, and food and wine.
Triskel Christchurch 19.30 €6/€5
Poetry from the US: selected by Cork World Book Fest guest curator Paul Muldoon
Tracy K. Smith is an African American poet and educator. Her 3rd collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry . In Life on Mars, Smith shows herself to be a poet of extraordinary range and ambition. It’s not easy to be so convincing in both the grand gesture and the reverent contemplation of a humble plate of egg . . . As all the best poetry does, Life on Mars first sends us out into the magnificent chill of the imagination and then returns us to ourselves, both changed and consoled. Joel Brouwer. The New York Times.
Michael Dickman’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Field, Tin House, and Narrative Magazine. His second book, Flies, won the 2010 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Michael and his twin brother, poet Matthew Dickman, were the subject of an April 6, 2009 New Yorker profile. Fellow American poet Franz Wright calls him a young poetic genius with a "style like no one else's" and elucidates, "With the utmost gravity as well as a kind of cosmic wit, Michael Dickman's poems give a voice to the real life sorrows, horrors, and indomitable joys which bind together the vast human family."
“It's a great pleasure to be able to introduce to a Cork audience two of the most exciting poets now at work in the US. Each has, in her or his way, modified not only our sense of what a poem might be, but of what poetry might be. Tracy K. Smith and Michael Dickman are two writers who are going to have a place in your heads and hearts”. Paul Muldoon
‘L’histoire imaginaire du livre et de l’écrit’
The City Library from 16 April to 3 May 2013
Jean-Marc Godès has exhibited his imaginative and striking photographs featuring books and the people who read them in his native France, Switzerland, Brasil, Italy, Canada, and Romania. During the World Book Fest these photographs will be on show in a natural home – a centre of books and reading. First chance for Irish people to see this renowned photographer’s work.
Jean-Marc Godès will talk about his work at 13.15 on Friday 26 April, in the City Library.
"The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time": selection of cover art
The City Library from 22 April to 3 May 2013
Beshart brought together 100 artists from 28 countries in a unique co-creation project: to re-design the covers for one hundred great novels, and by so doing raise awareness of illiteracy. This selection is both a unique cross section of contemporary trends in design and illustration, and a wonderful collection of posters reflecting great reading moments.
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.