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Cork World Book Fest 2015

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Cork World Book Fest 2015 — a vibrant celebration of books and reading April 21 to 25.

Events take place at the City Library and Triskel Christchurch.
Confirmed events include an opening night tribute to poet Derek Mahon featuring Peter Fallon, Tom McCarthy, Roger Greene and Alannah Hopkin;  readings and discussion with memoirist Tomi Reichental whose book 'I Was a Boy in Belsen' is particularly topical; Gruppo 77 from Bologna with translator William Wall; Canadian novelists Charles Foran and Lauren Davis; and new poetry collections by local poets Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Gerry Murphy. Other writers confirmed include Joseph O'Neill, Evelyn Conlon, Paul Durcan, Mary Costello, Paul McVeigh and Louise O'Neill. The Fest will close with a celebration of the re-launch of the Cork 'Quarryman' anthology.

Full programme: wbf_2015_full_brochure

As part of World Book Festival 2015 Cork City Libraries specially commissioned an exhibition on Ireland’s dark history of book censorship. Click on the expand each button to view each panel in high resolution.  


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)