Cuirt International Festival of Literature comes to Galway next week!

The 33rd Cúirt International Festival of Literature starts this Monday (April 23) and promises a diverse and eclectic line-up, curated by its new Programme Director, Emily Cullen.

The programme includes leading Irish and international authors including the new Laureate for Irish Fiction, Sebastian Barry, Bernard MacLaverty, Sally Rooney, Patrick McCabe, Professor Declan Kiberd, Imtiaz Dharker, Juan Pablo Villalobos and many more.

Cúirt 2018 will present some of the most exciting writers and artists at over 70 events across poetry, prose, music and spoken word. The programme also includes theatre, talks, masterclasses, family events and exhibitions as well as its annual education programme for children and teenagers, Cúírt Labs. Writer and artists from America, Austria, Canada, Catalonia, the UK, France, Mexico and Norway will attend alongside the very best of Irish authors.

Programme Director for Cúirt, Emily Cullen, commented that: “For Cuirt 2018 we’re delighted to bring together some of the finest Irish and international authors in a diverse programme of events which we hope will stimulate your mind, your senses and your imagination. Whether it’s your first, or your thirty third visit to Cúirt we extend a very warm welcome. Join us on a tide of literary discovery.”

Poetry lovers will welcome a strong line-up which includes Forward Prize Winner and poet, Sinead Morrissey, Daljit Nagra, Imtiaz Dharker, Pascale Petit, Jane Clarke, Michael Coady, Eleanor Hook, Joseph Woods and Galway-based poet, Eva Bourke.

Other notable events include World Perspectives, an informative and engaging look at world literature through the lens of writers from Catalonia, Austria and France; Eduard Márquez, Norbert Gstrein and Hédi Kaddour. A commitment to the promotion of Irish-language writers is a significant feature of the festival, particularly in a city with a unique bilingual status.
In an exciting new departure, the line-up will feature a number of events exploring the connection between words and music, playing with the idea of literature and the “sister arts”. Lyrics of our Lives: The Art of Songwriting invites us to think about the creation of song lyrics as a writing practice with leading songwriters and musicians; Steve Wall (The Stunning), Julie Feeney included in the line-up.

There are talks on how to get published, masterclasses with writers, free exhibitions as well as readings that will be of special interest to book clubs. For all the uptodate information see
Cúirt International Festival of Literature would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Fáilte Ireland, The Wild Atlantic Way, Creative Ireland and Foras na Gaeilge. Cúirt International Festival of Literature starts next Monday April 23 and runs until Sunday 29 April. Tickets for all events are on sale now on or through the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569 777.

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