lit fest 2017
The wait is nearly over! The 2017 West Cork Literary Festival programme will be available online on Wednesday 5 April at 10am. It will be possible to book online then at  or by ringing the office on +353 (0) 27 52788. The printed programme will be back from the printers and posted out the following week.        

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Top row : Graham Norton, Anne Enright and John Boyne
Middle row: Paula Meehan, Lara Marlowe and John Spillane
Bottom row: Colm Tóibín, Eimear McBride and Dermot Bolger


This year, the Festival runs from 14 - 21 July 2017. Among those appearing are: Graham Norton, Colm Tóibín, Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright, John Boyne, Paula Meehan, Eimear McBride, Lara Marlowe, Dame Marina Warner, Dermot Bolger,  Ian McGuire, Tomi Ungerer, Carol Drinkwater, Min Kym, Maggie Smith, Emma Jane Kirby, Mia Gallagher, Mike McCormack, Billy O'Callaghan, Eileen Battersby, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin,   Jon McGregor, Shane Connaughton, Melissa Harrison, Sarah Perry and many more.  


In a week packed with readings, workshops, interviews, seminars and children's events, audience members can also:
•     Dip into Bantry Bay at the Festival  Swim
•     Attend a reading on the L.E. Samuel Beckett
•     Try yoga on the lawns of Bantry House
•     Walk the landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way
•     Call into the West Cork Letter Cafe to write to a loved one


Those wishing to hone their writing skills can attend seminars on diary writing, book reviewing, how to attract a literary agent and writing restaurant reviews. Cork singer songwriter John Spillane, who tutors the Festival's song writing workshop, will close the week with an evening of song and story in the intimate setting of Ma Murphy's.


There is so much going on in Bantry for those eight special days - go to on Wednesday 5 April to find out more.

And don't forget, we are still taking bookings for our workshops!
•    Growing Poems: Poetry with Vona Groarke
•    Drawing Maps: Poetry for Beginners with Doireann Ní Ghríofa
•    Deepening the Waters: A Novel Workshop with Dean Bakopoulos
•    The Short Story with Alissa Nutting
•    Introduction to the Short Story with Jan Carson
•    Travel Writing on Whiddy Island with Phoebe Smith
•    Song Writing with John Spillane
•    Words Allowed: Workshop for Teenage Writers with Dave Lordan
•    Journalism with Lara Marlowe ( 3 days)

To find out more, go to
or ring the Festival office on 027 52788.