KINSALE LITERARY FEST: The third incarnation of the Words by Water event takes place next weekend with its most impressive line-up yet.
Donal Ryan tops the bill on Friday, while Saturday includes a joint conversation between Sinéad Gleeson and Emilie Pine.
There’s also a decent sports-writing gathering on Sunday with former Cork City star Neal Horgan, retired Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé, and journalist Adrian Russell, the man behind the recently-published The Double: How Cork Made GAA History.
For poetry fans, the combined forces of Dublin’s Steven James Smith and Manc poet Tony Walsh take to the stage on Saturday evening in the Trident Hotel. See wordsbywater.ie
GIG WISE: Tickets have gone on sale today for Lewis Capaldi at Musgrave Park (June 18), the first of several events for the Cork stadium in summer 2020. The Scottish star will also play Malahide Castle, Dublin, on June 20.
Also on Leeside, the Altered Hours do their impressive live thing at St Luke’s tonight, while the White Horse Guitar Club play Cyprus Avenue next Saturday.
Cork Folk Festival takes place next weekend, with an excellent lineup to mark the 40 years of the event; while the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (Oct 24-28) was also launched this week, with headliners such as Kurt Elling and Martha Reeves.
Clean Bandit have mixed classical training and pop-music nous to top the charts on several occasions, most notably with Jess Glynne on ‘Rather Be’. They’ve been signed up for a DJ set in Cyprus Avenue on Thursday, Oct 10.
In Dublin, Halsey is also due at 3Arena on March 10, with tickets going on sale today.
FILM TIPS: For Cork director John Crowley his helming of The Goldfinch has presumably been a mixed experience. Despite a reported budget of about $44m, and stars such as Nicole Kidman, below, and Sarah Paulson, critics have been less than kind about the adaptation of the Donna Tartt best-seller. It opens today in Irish cinemas.
In Cork, the roster at Triskel includes Never Look Away, from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the German director who also gave us The Lives of Others.
Next Thursday, Cork Cine Club at St John’s College will show A Season In France (Une saison en France), the moving tale of an African college professor who winds up as a refugee in France, facing personal tragedy and a difficult immigration system.
The Irish Film Institute’s documentary festival continues over the weekend, with possible highlights including Heyday, about Irish musician Mic Christopher, of the Mary Janes and other bands, who was killed in a fall at the age of 32 in 2001.
ON THE TELLY: Nick Broomfield’s documentary, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, gets a run on BBC Two tomorrow night, and is essential viewing for fans of Leonard Cohen. The film charts the singer’s relationship with ‘muse’ Marianne Ihlen on the Greek island of Hydra in the early 1960s.
Another documentary worth catching on Wednesday is No Stone Unturned, the account by American director Alex Gibney of the Loughlinisland massacre in 1994 when six people watching the Irish soccer team on the TV were shot dead by the UVF.
THEATRE NIGHTS: Asking For It, the adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel, is back at the Everyman in Cork until next Saturday, and has also been confirmed for a run in Birmingham next year.
Dublin Theatre Festival continues in the capital, with biggies including MÁM, Michael Keegan-Dolan’s follow-up to Loch na hHeala.