Songwriters and musicians explore the connection between music and words at Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Cúirt International Festival of Literature takes place 23 – 29 April in Galway and this year’s eclectic line-up looks at literature across a number of art forms, including music.

In a new departure, the programme will feature a number of events exploring the connection between words and music, playing with the idea of literature and the “sister arts”.

Commenting, the new Programme Director for Cúirt, Emily Cullen said: “Cúirt originally started out as a poetry festival in Galway in 1985 and is now one of the oldest and most recognised literature festivals in Europe. While staying true to its core values in poetry and prose, this year we’re very excited about exploring a number of exciting new areas across music and visual art.”

Lyrics of our Lives

Lyrics of our Lives: The Art of Songwriting invites us to think about the creation of song lyrics as a writing practice with five leading songwriters and musicians including Steve Wall (The Stunning), Julie Feeney and Paul Linehan (The Frank & Walters).

Play It Again integrates The Guardian’s former-editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger’s written reflections (main image) on world politics with the virtuoso piano of Finghin Collins for a lively evening with the haunting music of Chopin, interspersed with readings and conversation about music, writing, journalism and politics, and Danny Diamond’s fiddle converses with the poetry of Tom French in What To Bring When We Leave (below).

What to Bring when We Leave

The 33rd Cúirt programmes features over 70 events to choose from, many of them free, ranging across poetry, prose, music, spoken word, theatre, talks, masterclasses, family events and exhibitions as well as the popular annual series of talks and workshops for children and teenagers, the Cúirt Labs. Leading Irish and international authors (including Sebastian Barry, Bernard MacLaverty, Sally Rooney, Sinéad Morrissey, Patrick McCabe, Professor Declan Kiberd and Juan Pablo Villalobos), an exploration of language across art forms and a strong commitment to Irish-language writing are at the heart of this year’s festival.

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 takes place in Galway from April 23 – 29, 2018. Tickets for all events are on sale now on http://www.cuirt.ie or through the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569 777.