Cork World Book Fest Highlights 2014




Celebrating ten years in existence, the Cork World Book Fest (April 22-26), organised by Cork City Library and Triskel Christchurch, is one of the city’s most popular cultural events.

It will be officially opened by Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy at the City Library, followed by an event called ‘The Irish Diaspora’ where Irish-Canadian novelist Anakana Schofield will read from her debut novel and American writer, Nicole Kelby, will read from her latest novel. Schofield’s novel, ‘Malarky’ won the Amazon.ca first novel award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction last year. Kelby’s novel, ‘The Pink Suit’ is based on the story behind Jackie Kennedy’s suit which became iconic, albeit for tragic reasons.

British writer Jane Gardam will read from and discuss her acclaimed trilogy at Triskel Christchurch on April 25. Her latest novel, ‘Last Friends’ is the final book in the trilogy, following ‘Old Filth (FILTH –Failed in London Try Hong Kong) and ‘The Man in the Wooden Hat.’ At City Library on April 26, Glenn Patterson will read from his new novel, ‘The Rest Just Follows’ which is a coming-of-age story set in 1970s Belfast.

On UNESCO World Book Day on April 23, Billy O’Callaghan’s new book, ‘Learning from the Greats: Lessons on Writing from the Great Writers’ will be launched at City Library by Hilary Lennon from UCC’s School of English.

There will be discussions and readings by journalist and foreign correspondent Lara Marlowe and author and media producer and commentator, Peadar King, at Triskel Christchurch on April 24. Marlowe’s book, ‘The Things I’ve Seen,’ includes dispatches from Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq as well as a lively portrait of former French first lady, Carla Bruni. King is the author of ‘The Politics of Drugs: From Production to Consumption.’ Journalist, publisher and editor, Robert McCrum, will talk about the novels that have most impressed him at City Library on April 25. The presentation, ‘The Ten Greatest Novels of my Literary Career’ will borrow from his Observer series, ‘The 100 Best Novels of all Times.’ ‘Reflections on Culture, Religion and Society in Ireland’ is the theme of a discussion by journalist and author, Mary Kenny, whose ‘selective memory’ autobiography, ‘Something of Myself’ was published last year. Also taking part in the talk is Tony Flannery, author of ‘A Questions of Conscience’ which chronicles his journey since February 2012 when he was ‘silenced’ by the Vatican.

Two writers featured in the Dalkey Archive Press’s annual anthology, ‘Best European Fiction 2014’ will read from their work at City library on April 23. They are Tonu Onnepalu (Estonia) who is a novelist and a poet, published in twenty countries. Susana Medina (Spain), born in England and brought up in Valencia, writes in Castillian and in English. The evening will be hosted by Kathryn Toolan of Dalkey Archive Press.

Also at the library on April 23, there will be an audio-visual presentation of Ian Rankin’s crime novella ‘The Lie Factory,’ inspired by the words and music of Rory Gallagher. The event will include a Q&A session with ‘Kickback City’ producer Dónal Gallagher and graphic designer, Mark Jessett.

There will be a Teen Day at City Library on April 24 which includes the seventh annual short story competition celebrating Cork’s emerging writers.

The final event of the festival will be the launch of Madeleine D’Arcy’s debut collection of short stories, ‘Waiting for the Bullet’ at Triskel Christchurch. Fellow Corkonian writer Conal Creedon will launch the book. ‘Dog Pound,’ a short film based on a story by D’Arcy will be screened, starring Frank Kelly.

* Full programme details: www.constantreader.ie. Booking details on www.triskelartscentre.ie and www.libraries@corkcity.ie.

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