Our vision for Cork World Book Fest 2023 is that it combines readings by world class writers in a variety of settings.

It is hard to believe that it has been so many years since the first Cork World Book Fest.  When we put ‘World’ in the title in 2005, it was an aspiration.   The festival continues to grow in range and breadth, and which, we hope, gets more interesting by the year.

The Fest has always sought to combine readings by world class writers in a variety of settings with a cultural streetfair: book stalls, music, street entertainment, the spoken word, and more.


The Fest compliments other literary events in the city and region, but is quite different – putting readings and books on the street, for example.  It is a participative, inclusive event, connecting readers with established and emerging Irish and international authors.  Participation is also encouraged through the numerous workshops that are held during the week.


The Cork World Book Fest is a joint production of the City Libraries and Triskel Christchurch Arts Centre.

We welcome our new partners, UCC, Nano Nagle Place, Fiction at the Friary and UCC who are coming on board with free events for your enjoyment during Cork World Book Fest.

The Cork World Book Fest programme team

Ann Luttrell                     Patricia Looney

Gillian Hennessy             David O’Brien