Enjoy the written word?
The first guests for this year’s West Cork Literary Festival were unveiled earlier this week, with a collection of national and international names appearing at the event, running July 14-21 in Bantry.
Louise Kearney writes:
Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Mike McCormack, Sara Baume (pictured) and Alissa Nutting are just some of the guests announced for the West Cork Literary Festival, which runs in venues all over Bantry, West Cork, from July 14th to 21st.
Poetry is again well represented with the new Ireland Chair of Poetry 2016-2019, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paula Meehan, former Ireland Chair of Poetry (2013-2016), and former editor of Poetry Ireland Vona Groarke.
Since the Festival’s inception in the late 1990s workshops have been at its heart, encouraging both novice and experienced writers. Dean Bakopoulos, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Vona Groarke, Lara Marlowe, Dave Lordan, John Spillane, and Phoebe Smith are among those facilitating workshops.
From Writing a Novel to Investigative Reporting Techniques, Playwriting to Poetry, there is a workshop to suit every aspiring, or established writer, looking to spend time in beautiful Bantry honing their craft.
Irish rabble-rouser laureate Dave Lordan, he of the Bogman’s Cannon, has been busy on his latest opus: a collection of essays discussing Irish & international literature, multimedia and social change, entitled The Word in Flames.
It’s available exclusively as an eBook from Lordan himself, at the suggested donation of €10 (bigger or smaller accepted), with all proceeds funding an upgrade of his community-use media suite.
Writes William Wall, Author of This is The Country:
Every once in a while an organic intellectual pushes through, by sheer strength of will and intellectual capability, the dense network of disciplinary and punitive systems that are designed to control the working class. Such a person is rare in Ireland, because public life works to hedge around and make precarious the voice of the outsider who has not been to the right school or played the right games. Dave Lordan is one such voice.
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