Our vision for Cork World Book Fest is that it combines readings by world class writers in a variety of settings – John Banville, Derek Mahon, Carol Ann Duffy, Amiri Baraka, Bernard O’Donoghue, Moya Cannon, Clare Kilroy have all featured at previous Fests, – with a cultural streetfair: book stalls, music, street entertainment, the spoken word, and more.

It is a participative, inclusive event, involving book clubs based in the City’s libraries and other readers groups, giving audiences who would not normally attend literary events a chance to experience readings by leading Irish and international writers.


These approaches help people extend their experience of literature & the arts.

It compliments other literary events in the region, but is different in structure and philosophy – putting readings and books on the street, enticing people to readings and book-related events who otherwise would not experience literary events.


It brings together the main agencies involved in literature in the region – Munster Literature Centre, Triskel Arts Centre, and the City Libraries – in the organizing and hosting of events, with support from the Community Arts arm of the City Council.

The Cork World Book Fest will take place in the City Library, in the Grand Parade plaza outside the Library, in the adjoining Bishop Lucey Park and the Triskel Arts Centre, and in the English Market on the other side of Grand Parade.

Writers confirmed for 2017 include; Colm Ó Ceallacháin, Anne Sebba, Ales Steger, Ross O’Carroll Kelly, Eileen Battersby and many more…