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Cork World Book Fest 2014


The line-up for this year’s Cork World Book Fest is here.  The Fest runs from Tuesday 22 April to Saturday 26 April 2014.  Click on the dates below to see what’s scheduled for each day of the Fest.

Tuesday 22 April

Wednesday 23 April

Thursday 24 April

Friday 25 April

Saturday 26 April

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

19.00                                    City Library                                    FREE

Opening Reception and Readings                     

Official Opening by Cllr. Catherine Clancy, Lord Mayor of Cork

Anakana Schofield and Nicole Kelby                “The Irish Diaspora”

Anakana SchofieldIrish-Canadian Anakana Schofield’s debut novel Malarky (2012, Oneworld Publications) is the story of an Irish mother forced to look grief in the eye, and of a wife come face-to-face with the mad agony of longing. Malarky won the first Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for this exciting new writer.

Anakana Schofield is a writer of fiction, essays and literary criticism. Malarky,  was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, and was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It has also been named on sixteen different Best Books of the Year lists.

The Pink SuitUS writer Nicole Kelby‘s 6th novel, The Pink Suit (2014, Virago),is based on the true story behind Jacqueline Kennedy's pink suit, which became iconic for all the wrong reasons. Young Irish immigrant Kate works in the New York boutique Chez Ninon, meticulously crafting memorable outfits . . .


Eibhear Walshe, School of English, UCC, will introduce the evening


20.30                                    City Library                                    FREE

Seisiún INNTI 2014

An evening examining and celebrating the radical importance of INNTI, its role at the centre of a sea-change in Irish-language poetry, and its continuing legacy.

Alan Titley will host an evening of poetry, music.  More details shortly.


The Artist’s Book

City Library                        22 April to 2 May

Special events: Wed 23 April and Fri 25 April

This year’s Fest includes a focus on one aspect of the book that should be much better known: the ARTIST’S BOOK

Exhibition of work by Ireland’s leading Artist’s Book-maker Sioban Piercy.  Sioban has received national and international recognition through numerous awards and exhibitions.  This will be accompanied by an exhibition of artists’ books made by graduates of the Crawford College of Art & Design.  The Exhibition will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork on Tuesday 22 April at 7.00pm.

The exhibition is integrated in the ground floor of the City Library: Sioban Piercy’s work in 9 display cases, in the Library foyer, inside the door of the Lending Library, and further down the centre aisle of the Lending Library, with the students’ work on display in the Thomas Davis Room.

Read Sioban Piercy’s artist’s statement here

On Wednesday 23 April artist Sioban Piercy will make a presentation on her work, with a focus on the exhibition of her Artists Books in the City Library. This will be at 11.30am, and is free and open to everyone

On Friday 25 April a free day-long Workshop in Bookmaking, given by staff of Crawford College of Art & Design, will cover the skills of: Basic stitching and folding techniques; Japanese bookbinding; and Folding concertina book and basic stitched book.  All welcome but limited to 12 participants, ages 16 and over.  The workshops will run from 10.00 to 16.00, with a break from 12.30 to 13.30.  For booking / more information 021 4924900


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

UNESCO World Book Day

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday              FREE

The Cork Shakespearean Company (The Loft) will mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth with a series of readings around the city. Come to the City Library and enjoy readings of sonnets, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Cymbeline, and to Blackpool Library for Julius Caesar and Troilus and Cressida. Readings will take place between 10.00 and 17.00.

13.30            City Library                                    FREE, all welcome

Book Launch
Billy O’Callaghan’s new book Learning from the greats: lessons on writing from the great writers will be launched by Dr Hilary Lennon, School of English, UCC.  A Constant Reader eventAnakana Schofield

14.30            City Library                                    FREE, booking required

Creative Writing Workshop
Anakana Schofield, will lead a creative writing workshop. A Constant Reader event‌

19.00            City Library                                    FREE

Best European Fiction 2014

Cork World Book Fest is again delighted to welcome two writers featured in Dalkey Archive Press’ annual anthology Best European Fiction

Tõnu Õnnepalu (Estonia) has published seven novels and seven books of poetry, including his novel Border State (2000, Northwestern UP) published in twenty countries.  He  has translated numerous works from French into Estonian.  His plays ‘The Century’ and ‘Dear Brother’ have recently been staged.  His short story featured in BEF 2014 is ‘Interpretation’.

Susana Medina (Spain), born in England, brought up in Valencia, writes in Castillian and in English, and has published short stories, poetry, and a book of aphorisms.  She has received numerous awards.  Her next novel Spinning Days of Night is in progress.  Her short story featured in BEF 2014 is ‘Oestrogen’.    

The evening will be hosted by Kathryn Toolan, of Dalkey Archive Press.

20.30            City Library                                    FREE

'Kickback City' Evening

An audio - visual presentation of Ian Rankin's The Lie Factory - a crime novella inspired by the words and music of Rory Gallagher

  • Audio reading by Aidan Quinn
  • Graphics by Timothy Truman.
  • Q & A With 'Kickback City' producer Dónal Gallagher and graphic designer Mark Jessett

A must for all Rory and noir fans

 21.30            Triskel Gulpd Café, Tobin St.               FREE All welcome

Facilitated by Hilary Lennon (School of English, UCC) and Ciaran Meade – DI(Y)Verse, in association with Triskel’s short story workshops:: the “short” short story, experiments with the flash fiction form, and a very special guest on the night.  

Triskel Christchurch   Books into Film :: Sun 20th April to Wed 23rd April

Under the Skin (2013) is based on a novel by Michel Faber.  Scarlett Johansson gives the performance of her career as an anonymous alien who arrives on planet earth. Taking on human form, she observes our species while executing a sinister mission.

“An intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime” Time Out

The film will be scheduled as part of Triskel’s cinema programme which overlaps with the Book Festival.  See


Thursday, 24 April 2014

TEEN DAY     City Library

11.30      Start of Teen Day

11.40      7th Annual Short Story Competition, celebrating Cork’s emerging writers

12.00                  Webisodes film competition - short films made on phones!

12.30      Launch (by Alan Nolan) of Möbius, Cork City Libraries’ 7th Graphic Novel

13.00      Graphic Novel Master Class, facilitated by Alan Nolan


                        AFTERNOON DROP IN EVENTS

14.00-15.00 Bishopstown Young Writer’s Group with John W. Sexton.

Open-Mic showcasing the writings of teenagers from Bishopstown Library’s teenage creative writing group. There will be an opportunity for interested teenagers to talk to members of the group about creative writing and how the group works.

15.00-17.00 Elements of Cork: Water, Wind, Earth and Fire.           

Photography workshop facilitated by YMCA’s Ground Floor team


 19.00            City Library                                    FREE

‘A Stroll though the Abyss: the life and work of Roberto Bolaño’

Roberto Bolaño "the most significant Latin American literary voice of his generation" (New York Times) was born in Chile in 1953, and grew up there and in Mexico City before moving to Spain.  Best known for his award-winning novels The Savage Detectives (1999) and 2666  (published in 2008).
Alannah Hopkin, writer and critic, will introduce his life and work.  Following readings from the work in Spanish, with projected translation, Nuala Finnegan, Director of the Centre for Mexican Studies, UCC, will speak about Bolaño's novel 2666, and the still unsolved murders of women in Cuidád Juárez.

 20.30            Triskel Christchurch      €5

TRUTH - AND NON FICTION: The Things I’ve Seen and What in the World?

 Discussion and readings by Lara Marlow and Peadar King, facilitated by journalist and former RTÉ correspondent Flor MacCarthy

The Things I've Seen (Liberties Press 2013) is the first book to feature the award-winning work of journalist and foreign correspondent Lara Marlowe. Full of insight and reflection, the book ranges from Lebanon, former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine to Iraq, and also includes a lively portrait of Carla Bruni, former French first lady.

What in the World? (Liffey Press, 2013) from the decade long RTÉ TV series of the same name; set in Africa, Asia and the Americas, the book features seldom-heard human stories.  Peadar King is director of KMF Productions, commentator on international politics, regular contributor to Irish broadcast and print media, and also the author of The Politics of Drugs: From Production to Consumption.

Friday, 25 April 2014

13.15            City Library                                    FREE

Launch of Short Story Collection 2014

Donal McLaughlin’s second collection, beheading the virgin mary & other stories, is published by Dalkey Archive Press. Donal is a freelance writer and translator and is best known in Ireland for his association with Best European Fiction where he has translated many of the stories featured over the years. 

Introduced by Billy O’Callaghan

14.30            City Library                                    FREE

Launch of Unfinished Book 2014 & celebration of 10 editions
The Unfinished Book was first published in 2005.  In the presence of the Lord Mayor enjoy readings by the students and reflections from this year's tutors. A short discussion will also be held with tutors from previous years. This bumper, 10th anniversary edition will also include a series of interviews held with some of the writers from previous years.

19.00            City Library                                    FREE

The 10 greatest novels of my literary career’ with Robert McCrum
Robert McCrum will talk about the novels which have most impressed him during his working life - firstly as editor with the famed Faber & Faber publishing house, and as Literary Editor and more latterly Associate Editor of The Observer.   This talk will borrow from his Observer series ‘The 100 Best Novels of All Time’.

The evening will  be introduced by John McMonagle.  A Constant Reader event

20.30            Triskel Christchurch      €5

WRITING A TRILOGY : Venerable and venerated writer JANE GARDAM will read from and discuss her highly acclaimed trilogy

Jane Gardam is one of the most prolific writers of her generation, with 25 books published, and the only writer to have won the Whitbread for best novel twice, and won an OBR for services to English literature. Her latest novel, Last Friends (Little Brown, 2013) is the third in a highly acclaimed trilogy which includes, Old Filth (FILTH = Failed In London Try Hongkong) (2003), and The Man in the Wooden Hat (2009).

In conversation with Ann Luttrell.  

This late, late perspective doesn't mean the writing is gloomy – on the contrary, it's exuberant and funny and dizzy and a little bit frightening.’ — Tessa Hadley, The Guardian

LIBRARY LATE beginning at 20.00, and continuing . . .

Music from Catalunya (Pau Alabajos) and Cork (Cliff Wedgbury)

Poetry and prose

Refreshments till late

Join us to celebrate 10 years of the Cork World Book Fest


Saturday, 26 April 2014

From 10.00, throughout the day   Grand Parade & City Library               FREE

Cork Community Art Link present their latest installation, specially commissioned for World Book Fest, Le Petit Prince / The Little Prince a  visual representation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic book.

10.45-14.45           Children’s Library                       FREE

European Tales:              Simone Schuemmelfeder from StoryGate

Interactive story session: listeners get involved in the presentation of tales from countries all over Europe, joining the old heroes on their adventures, solving riddles and learning more about their neighbours.

Times   10.45-11.30                       12-12.45                             2-2.45


10.45-14.45           City Library                        FREE

Deirdre Ryan, with students from Greenmount NS, will share their stories and listen to yours. Come enjoy a cup of tea served with stories at Story Café. If you’d like to participate contact Deirdre on 0863378146. Open to all ages and abilities.

11.30-12.00           City Library Foyer                       FREE

Saturday Music Club performance

10.30-16.30           City Library                        FREE, booking required

Get Published!        A Constant Reader event


And other stories; an alternative way to get published, with Stefan Tobler, And Other Stories, and Patrick Cotter, Munster Literature Centre


Getting Published advice from Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

13.00 – 14.00

Writing for a teenage audience  with Denise Deegan

14.30 - 16.30

The Inkwell book clinics: book a clinic with one of Inkwells three literary consultants to solve your literary problems


14.00            City Library                        FREE

                        Barcelona / Belfast: Marc Pastor and Glenn Patterson

Marc Pastor is a criminologist and the author of three novels: Montecristo, La Mala Dona (The Bad woman), and most recently Barcelona Shadows (2014), about the notorious serial killer Enriqueta Marti, the “Vampire of Barcelona”.  When not writing he works for the Barcelona Police scientific squad.

Glenn Patterson’s most recent novel The Rest Just Follows (2014, Faber & Faber) is a coming-of-age story set in 70s Belfast. It focuses on three characters who meet as teenagers and follows them throughout the following decades, as their lives continue to entwine.  Glenn is the author of eight previous novels and a memoir Once Upon a Hill: Love in Troubled Times.

Introduced by Billy O’Callaghan

16.00                                    Triskel Christchurch      €5

Reflections on culture, religion and society in Ireland

Mary Kenny and Tony Flannery

Mary Kenny’sselective memory’ biography, Something of Myself, was published by Liberties Press in 2013. A journalist for over four decades, working in London and Dublin, she has contributed to more than 25 newspapers and journals.  Mary has written widely on Catholicism in Ireland, and is author of Crown and Shamrock: Love and Hate between Ireland and the British Monarchy (2009, New Island Books) and of the play ‘Allegiance’. 

Tony Flannery is a religious writer. His latest book A Question of Conscience (2013, Londubh Books) chronicles his painful journey since February 2012 when he was ‘silenced’ by the Vatican.   A Redemptorist, Tony is the founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests. He is also the author of The Death of Religious Life? (1977), and  Keeping the Faith (2005,Mercier Press).

Afternoon hosted by T.P. O’Mahony.

 17.30                                    City Library                                    FREE

‘Il Bel Paesa: Enjoy la Bella Italia’

Experience a taste of Italy with a selection of regional foods and drink followed by readings in Italian and English with Giampaolo Simi.  This event will close the 10th Cork World Book Fest in the City Library.

20.00      Triskel Christchurch      Book Launch    FREE

Our final event of the Festival will be the launch of Madeleine D’Arcy’s first short story collection. Please join us to celebrate Madeleine’s book event, and 10 years of Cork World Book Festival.

Madeleine D’Arcy’s collection of short fiction, Waiting for the Bullet (Doire Press, 2014) will be launched by fellow Corkonian writer Conal Creedon.  A short film of Madeleine’s short story, ‘Dog Pound’, featuring the distinguished Irish actor Frank Kelly, will also be screened. The film has been described by author Sebastian Barry as ‘a luminous gem’.


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 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)