Cork World Book Festival is back for 2022, and will welcome Irish and international writers to Cork for an extravaganza of books and writing this April.

See details about our events below




Tuesday 19 April

The City Library | Children’s library | 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Taking it to the Maxi – A Water Safety Day with Trent Maxwell straight from Bondi Rescue!

Cork City Libraries are delighted to welcome Trent Maxwell, also known as ‘Lifeguard Maxi’. Maxi is the youngest ever Professional Lifeguard to work at Australia’s world-famous Bondi Beach. Passionate about passing on his knowledge to future generations Maxi is also the author of the award-winning Maxi the Lifeguard children’s books series, and Maxi’s Beach Rescue Picture Book. Importantly, the books contain advice on water safety while also covering topics such as teamwork, persistence, and goal setting, and how we need to look after our oceans. Maxi has spoken to over 9000 children, in 4 countries across 25 cities, now including Cork! We look forward to a day full of talks and interactive fun! All ages welcome.

Email for more information and to book your place!


The City Library | Children’s library | 11.00 am

Book Launch The Lunchbox Song, by Trev Burke – launched by Kathleen Lowney, Principal, Ballincollig Community School.

Trev Burke is an author and illustrator of Happy Attic Stories children’s books Aimed at children aged 0-6 years old. Early readers will love to follow the stories as the characters have all kinds of adventures in the simply written, fully illustrated, brightly coloured books.


The City Library | Children’s library | 3.00 pm

Stomping In the Library! – an Active Music workshop for 4 to 7 year olds with Ruti Lachs.

Ruti Lachs is a musician, writer, music teacher, community musician and historian. She plays piano accordion and trombone, and sings. She performs klezmer music, jazz, funk, trad and original songs with various bands. Ruti has toured two one-woman comedy musical theatre shows around Ireland, Sideways on Planet Piano and A Different Kettle. Ruti has an MA in Community Music and 30 years gigging and teaching experience.

Booking required through Eventbrite Stomping In the Library! Tue 19 Apr 3.00 | Eventbrite


The City Library, Grand Parade | 7.00 pm

Launch of the 18th Cork World Book Festival by Cllr Colm Kelleher, Lord Mayor of Cork, followed by:

‘Firestarters’: Northern Ireland Women, Fiction and Fact:

Jan Carson in conversation with Dr Heather Laird.

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. She has written novels, short story collections and two micro-fiction collections. Her novel The Fire Starters (Doubleday) won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland 2019, the Kitschies Prize for Speculative Fiction 2020 and was shortlisted for the Dalkey Book Prize 2020. Jan won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition in 2016 and has been shortlisted for the BBC National Story Prize (2020), Sean O’Faolain Short Story Prize (2016) and the An Post Irish Short Story of the Year Award (2021). Jan’s latest novel, The Raptures was published by Doubleday in early 2022.

Heather Laird is a lecturer in English at University College Cork. She is the author of several scholarly publications and is an editor of Síreacht: Longings for another Ireland.


The City Library, Grand Parade | 8.00 pm

Authors and Activists; Susan McKay and Monica McWilliams in conversation with Peadar King

Susan McKay is an award-winning author, journalist, commentator, and documentary producer. She is the author of five books including Northern Protestants: On Shifting Ground (The Blackstaff Press) and A History of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. A founder of the Belfast Rape Crisis Centre, she was also CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland from 2009 to 2012. She works with NGOs, including WAVE Trauma Centre for which she has made podcasts as part of the ‘Stories from Silence’ project.

Monica McWilliams is an activist, advocate and academic and author of Stand Up, Speak Out, My life working for Women’s rights, peace and equality in Northern Ireland and Beyond (The Blackstaff Press). She started the first Women’s Studies courses in Ireland and produced a study that influenced the development of policy on domestic violence. A co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, McWilliams took part in the peace talks that culminated in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. She served as a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for South Belfast and is Emeritus Professor of the Transnational Justice Institute.

Peadar King is a documentary filmmaker and writer. His latest book (2020) is War, Suffering and the Struggle for Human Rights. (The Liffey Press).


Wednesday 20 April

The City Library | 11.00 am

Stevie G and Neo Gilson; Rhymes and Life Song writing and poetry youth workshop.  

Neo and Stevie will host this 90-minute workshop that will give an insight into both of their own experiences in poetry and song. They aim to inspire participants to explore how to use their own unique voices to express themselves through poetry and song. 

Neo Gilson is a poet, singer and storyteller originally from Kimberley in South Africa, who now lives in Cork. She is an artist in residence with Sample-Studios and the Radical Institute’s Studios of Sanctuary Programme. She is also developing a new play as artist-in-residence with Corcadorca, one of Ireland’s foremost theatre companies.

Stevie G is a Cork based DJ, radio presenter and music producer who has recently also started working with Corcadorca as their Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator. He is currently spearheading a number of youth projects in the city.

Booking required through Eventbrite Rhymes and Life Song Writing Wed 20 Apr 11.00 | Eventbrite


Nano Nagle Place Heritage Lecture Theatre & online | 1.00 pm

Talk with Professor Christine Kinealy on William Rathbone

As part of Cork World Book Festival, join us for a talk with Professor Christine Kinealy (Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University) on William Rathbone, subject of the new Heroes of the Irish Famine Volume II (marking 175 years since Black ’47).

Free event, no registration required!


The City Library | 3.00 pm

Launch of the Teenage Graphic Novel 2022

Join us for the launch of the 2022 Teenage Graphic Novel as we let loose the imagination, creativity, and artwork of eleven first time comic book creators. The 2022 teen graphic novel anthology features fairy tales, spy stories, slice of life, revenge, and birdwatching gone terribly wrong …


Nano Nagle Place Front Plaza | 5.00 pm

Frederick Douglass Walk

Celebrate Cork World Book Festival with a Frederick Douglass Walk around Cork city with Prof Christine Kinealy, author of Douglass in Ireland.

Meet on the Nano Nagle Place Front Plaza at 5pm to join the walk. This is a FREE event, no registration required.


The City Library | 7.00 pm

An evening with Cork’s first Poet Laureate, William Wall

Launch of the Poet Laureate chapbook, exhibition and discussion on the tenure led by Patrick Cotter.

William Wall was appointed Cork City’s first ever Poet Laureate in May 2021 in association with The Munster literature Centre. He has turned in a new poem every month for the past ten months on a subject of public interest to Cork. Many of these, though not all, were inspired by the strange times we lived in through the pandemic. William also published a poetic diary published by Doire Press in October 2021, Smugglers in the Underground Hug Trade – Journal of the Plague Year. His next book, La Ballata Del Letto Vuoto, will appear first in Italian in June 2022. He was the 2021 winner of the Premio Lerici ‘AngloLiguria’; the 2021 winner of the Premio di Conza Poesia; the 2017 winner of the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature (USA). His work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Latvian, Macedonian, Serbian and Catalan.

Patrick Cotter is a recipient of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages. Among his books are Perplexed Skin, Making Music and Sonic White Poise.


The City Library | 8.00 pm

Doire Press poets in conversation with Paul Casey.

Nithy Kasa is an Ireland based poet of Congolese origin. Her poems have been published in Poetry Ireland Review, Trumpet Magazine, SAH Journal, Flare, A New Ulster, Dedalus Press’s Writing Home: The New Irish Poets and the commemorative anthology from The Ireland Chair of Poetry Hold Open the Door (UCD Press). She was shortlisted for the Red Line Book Festival poetry contest 2019, the Poetry Ireland commissions 2020 and The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award 2021. Nithy’s debut collection of poetry, Palm Wine Tapper and The Boy at Jericho, is released by Doire Press, 2022.

Amanda Bell is a Dublin-based poet and author. She holds a Masters in Poetry Studies and is a writing mentor with the National Mentoring Programme. In 2020 she was appointed inaugural Writer in Residence for Harold’s Cross. Amanda is an assistant editor of The Haibun Journal. Her most recent title is Riptide (Doire Press, 2021). Previous publications include First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Strong Shine Award; Undercurrents (Alba, 2016), which won an HSA Kanterman Merit Book Award and was shortlisted for a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award; The Lost Library Book (Onslaught, 2017); and the loneliness of the sasquatch, from the Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Alba, 2018); Revolution, a chapbook of haiku, is forthcoming.

Paul Casey is director of ó Bhéal, Cork. He teaches creative writing and edits The Unfinished Book of Poetry. His poetry collections include Days of Clear Light (Salmon Poetry), Local Wonders (Dedalus), Virtual Tides (Salmon, 2016), home more or less (Salmon, 2012) and It’s Not All Bad (Heaventree, 2009).


Online event | 9.00 pm

Rewriting Brazil: A roundtable with Itamar Vieira Junior and Miriam Alves 

Throughout the year of 2022, Brazil is reflecting on two hundred years of independence and this roundtable brings together two of the most exciting writers on the Brazilian stage – Itamar Vieira Junior and Miriam Alves. As activists, educators, writers and public intellectuals, Itamar and Miriam have used their writing to provoke conversations around the connections between national identity, history, race and colonialism. Moderated by Nuala Finnegan.

Itamar Vieira Junior was born in 1979 in Salvador de Bahia. He is geographer and has a PhD in ethnic and African studies awarded by UFBA. His novel Torto Arado, published by Todavia publisher in 2019, was awarded the Leya, Oceanos and Jabuti prizes and is being translated into a dozen of languages. In 2021 he published Doramar ou a odisseia: histórias, also edited by Todavia.

Miriam Alves has a BA in Social Services. From 1980 and 1989 she was a member of the Quilombhoje Literatura collective. She has developed a literary career for forty years. Alves’ short stories have been published in Cadernos Negros since 1982. She is author of nine books: three poetry books (starting with Momentos de Buscas), an essay book, two collections of short stories (the most recent one being Juntar Pedaços) and two novels, including Maréia (2019). Her work is included in several national and international anthologies and literary magazines.

Nuala Finnegan is Professor in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in UCC

Booking is through Eventbrite Rewriting Brazil: A roundtable with Itamar Vieira Junior and Miriam Alves Wed 20 Apr at 9.00 | Eventbrite 


Thursday 21 April

The City Library | Thursday to Saturday | All day

Spectacular Translation Machine

Devised by Daniel Hahn and Sarah Ardizzone, The Spectacular Translation Machine has its Irish debut at the Cork World Book Fest. A fun, interactive event that encourages everybody to have a go at translation with the confidence that there can be no wrong answer, and that another language is a way into a new world. In collaboration with Laureate na nÓg, we’ll be translating Máire Zepf agus Paddy Donnelly’s Míp from the Irish, so come and have a go! 


The City Library | Children’s library | 10.00 am

Toddler Story, Song and Movement with Deirdre Ryan

Renowned Cork children’s storyteller, Deirdre Ryan is a bibliophile who has worked in libraries since she was 16 years old.  She began hosting Storytime when her child was 2 years old. Her own memories of Storytime inspired the creation of Story, Songs and Movement for her child and the children of Cork. Each session is co-created by Deirdre and the children participating in this diverse and inter-cultural setting.  She has worked with children and parents for over twenty years as a teacher, a facilitator of children’s classes, workshops and events and as a Parent Coach, creating events.


The City Library | Children’s library | 12.00 pm

YA Revolution! with writer Louise O’Neill

Join Louise O’Neill, author of Only Ever Yours, Asking For It, and The Surface Breaks, as she talks about writing fiction for young adults. 

Louise O’Neill grew up in West Cork. Her first novel, Only Ever Yours, was released in 2014. Only Ever Yours went on to win the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards; the Children’s Books Ireland Eilís Dillon Award for a First Children’s Book; and The Bookseller‘s inaugural YA Book Prize 2015. Louise’s second novel, Asking For It, was published in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and spent 52 consecutive weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller list. She discusses her career and books to date in Join in the YA Revolution! This session is not to be missed.   


The City Library | Children’s library | 2.00 pm

Beag; What Colour is the Rain?

Early Years session with Graffiti Theatre artists Rachel Doolin and Catarina Araújo.

All 0-3 year olds welcome, the youngest participants in Cork World Book Fest! 


The City Library | 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Multilingual poetry translation workshop with Keith Payne

“Of The Song Of Him With The World In His Care, I Am Content To Know The Air”

Thursday / Friday / Saturday

The workshops will be held over 3 days and will celebrate the joys and possibilities of translation. From birdsong to the music of poetry, exploring the lyrical and lexical worlds that are opened to us as we carry a poem from one language to another.

The purpose of this workshop is to focus the ear on the rhythm and inherent musicality of a poem when approaching a translation. Examples of poems that have been set to music will be looked at, as well as poems from several languages. Participants will have the chance to try translations of their own.

No experience of another language is necessary to take part in this workshop, which is open to all levels of experience. Simply a good ear will do. Participants are encouraged to bring a poem of their choosing from any language, which will be workshopped over the 3 days.

Keith Payne is the 2021-22 John Broderick Writer in Residence and has published seven collections of poetry in translation from Galician and Spanish as well as Broken Hill his debut collection. He was a previous awardee of the Irish Chair of Poetry Bursary award, is director of the La Malinche Readings between Ireland and Galicia and co-editor of A Different Eden: Ecopoetry from Ireland and Galicia, (Dedalus Press, 2021). He was awarded the Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 from Create.


The City Library | 3.30 pm

Book Launch: Bessborough: Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage

In Bessborough: Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage by Deirdre Finnerty, three remarkable women confined there in the 60s, 70s and 80s, tell their truths.

Deirdre will discuss her book and the system that split families apart with Louise O’Neill.

Deirdre Finnerty is an award-winning journalist for the BBC, specialising in international news. This is her first book, and the project won the Society of Authors Antonia Fraser Award in 2020. Originally from County Mayo, she now lives and works in London.

Louise O’Neill is a multi-award-winning writer named as “the best YA fiction writer alive today” by The Guardian. Her novels have been optioned for screen. Her third book for adults will be released in May 2022.


The Farm Gate | 5.00 pm

Pancho and Lefty Ride Again by Cónal Creedon.  Official Launch of One City One Book 2022

Cork City’s highly successful One City One Book programme 2022 celebrates Cónal Creedon’s short story collection Pancho and Leftie Ride Again.  Fringe events throughout the year. Funded by Creative Ireland. Get Reading Cork!

Cónal Creedon is an award-winning novelist, playwright and documentary filmmaker. Cónal’s stage plays achieved high critical acclaim from as far afield as Shanghai and New York. His prose has picked up several international awards, with translations into German, Bulgarian, Italian and Chinese. He has written over 60 hours of original radio drama — broadcast on RTÉ, Lyric FM, BBC, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. His film documentaries have had numerous screenings at home and abroad, including at World Expo China and NYU, New York 2019. Cónal was appointed Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at University College Cork, 2016-2020, and was the recipient of The Lord Mayor’s Culture Award 2020.


Triskel Christchurch | 7.00 pm

Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer: The Guitarist Who Changed the Sound of American Music Author Philip Watson in discussion with Johnny Scott

Over a period of forty-five years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential musicians at work today.

Growing up playing clarinet in orchestras and marching bands, Frisell has progressed through a remarkable range of musical personas – from devotee of jazz guitar master Jim Hall to “house guitarist” of estimable German label ECM, from edgy New York downtown experimentalist to plaintive country and bluegrass picker. He has been a pioneering bandleader and collaborator, a prolific composer and arranger, and a celebrated Grammy Award winner.  

A quietly revolutionary guitar hero who has synthesised many disparate musical elements into one compellingly singular sound, Frisell connects to a diverse range of artists and admirers, including Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Gus Van Sant, Rhiannon Giddens, Martin Hayes and Justin Vernon/Bon Iver. He is “the favourite guitarist of many people who agree on little else in music”. 

Through unprecedented access to the guitarist, and interviews with his close family, friends and collaborators, in Beautiful Dreamer Philip Watson tells Frisell’s story for the first time. For the Irish launch of the book, published by Faber, Philip will discuss the man, the musician and the biographical process, and show footage of Frisell’s work, with guitarist Johnny Scott. 

Philip Watson has been a prolific feature writer on a broad range of subjects for UK and Irish newspapers and magazines, and also for GQ and Esquire, where he held senior editorial positions in the 1990s and early 2000s. He became freelance in 2003, a change that coincided with a permanent move to Ireland. As a music writer his work has appeared in The Wire, the Sunday TimesTelegraph MagazineIrish Times and Irish Examiner. His first book, Beautiful Dreamer, a biography of the American guitarist Bill Frisell, was published by Faber in March. 

Johnny Scott has toured and recorded as guitarist and musical director with Van Morrison, Nick Lowe and Eddi Reader. He has played on recording and television sessions with artists such as Dr John, Tom Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Ian Dury, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland, Bobby Bland, John Prine, Guy Clark, Tony Joe White, Patti Griffin and Nanci Griffith. He currently lectures in Cork School of Music.


Triskel Christchurch | 8.00 pm

Drinks reception and book signings.


Triskel Christchurch | 8.30 pm

A City of Writers

Celebrating the contemporary literary life of Cork, Gráinne McGuinness in discussion with Billy O’Callaghan, Catherine Kirwan, and Gráinne Murphy.

Billy O’Callaghan is the author of four short story collections and three novels, most recently Life Sentences (published in 2021 by Jonathan Cape and recently in the US by David R. Godine). Winner of a Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award and shortlisted for the COSTA Short Story Award and the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award among numerous other honours, his work has been translated into over a dozen languages.

Catherine Kirwan grew up in County Waterford. She studied law at UCC and lives in Cork where she works as a solicitor. Her first book, Darkest Truth, a crime novel featuring Cork solicitor Finn Fitzpatrick, was Cork City Libraries’ ‘One City One Book’ in 2019. Catherine’s second crime novel, Cruel Deeds, is out now from Hachette Ireland.

Gráinne Murphy is a Cork-based writer of novels and short stories. Her debut novel, Where the Edge Is, was published in 2020 by Legend Press, followed by The Ghostlights in 2021. Gráinne was a joint winner of the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair in 2019, has been shortlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, the BPA First Novel Award, the Luke Bitmead Bursary, and the Virginia Prize for Fiction. In 2021, she was longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, and nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her third novel is forthcoming in October 2022.


Friday 22 April

The City Library | Children’s library | 11.00 am

 The Perfect Rain – Storytime with Tatyana Feeney

Tatyana Feeney from North Carolina is an award-winning children’s book author-illustrator. Tatyana’s work has been nominated for several awards including: The UKLA Book Award, the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, and the Kate Greenway Medal. Little Owl’s Orange Scarf was the winner of the Rotherham Children’s Book Award in the Picture Book Category. She is living in Ireland for the last fifteen years.


The City Library | 2.00 – 5.00 pm

2nd in the series of Irish/Galician Translation workshop with Keith Payne

Focusing the ear on the rhythm and inherent musicality of a poem when approaching a translation, no experience of another language is necessary to take part in this workshop, simply a good ear will do.


The City Library | Children’s library | 3.00 pm

Book Launch and story reading The Bee at UCC by J.P. Quinn

JP Quinn is Head of the Visitors’ Centre at University College Cork. He is the author of the children’s book A Bee at UCC (UCC 2021) He is currently writing a second children’s book A Tree at UCC which will be published in late 2022. He is also working on a contemporary short story collection and editing an anthology.

Launched by Ms. Nancy Hawkes, Head of Marketing and Communications and Editor in Chief at UCC.


The City Library | 6.00 pm

Lark Water and Sonic White Poise

A celebration of two collections published during the Pandemic, Lorna Shaughnessy and Patrick Cotter in conversation with John Fitzgerald.

Patrick Cotter has been published in the Financial Times, The London Review of Books, Poetry and Poetry Review. He is a recipient of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages and include Perplexed Skin, Making Music and Sonic White Poise.

Lorna Shaughnessy has published four poetry collections. Her monologues on the story of Iphigenia appeared in Cúirt International Literature Festival and the Heaney HomePlace. Adapted for video it featured in the Winter Warmer Festival, 2021. She lectures in Hispanic Studies in NUI Galway and translates Galician, Spanish and Latin American poetry.

John FitzGerald was first published in 2017. He was awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry prize, a Key West Literary Bursary and was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award.


The City Library | 7.00 pm

A Different Eden: Ecopoetry from Ireland and Galicia.

In October 2021, Dedalus Press published A Different Eden bringing artists from different cultures together. To celebrate this anthology a poetry reading in Irish, Galician and English will be followed by a round table discussion on the themes of poetry, eco-poetry, translation, and the far-too-often unrecognised value of celebrating our many languages.

The editors of the collection Keith Payne, Lorna Shaughnessy, Martín Veiga will be joined by poets Daniel Salgado and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh.

Daniel Salgado poetry has been translated into Spanish as ‘Huelga general’ (Marisma, 2018). His work is also included in several anthologies. Salgado has translated the works of Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti into Galician and co-authored journalistic political essays on the political left in Galicia.

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish language poet. Her books include Péacadh, Tost agus Allagar and The Coast Road. She has translated from the French of Andrée Chedid and lectures in Modern Irish at UCC.


The City Library | 8.00 pm

A Celebration of Debut Novels by 2 Cork writers

James Harpur and Danny Denton celebrate their debut novels in conversation with Alison Driscoll.

James Harpur has published eight poetry collections and is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of arts. He has won several awards for his poetry, including the UK National Poetry Competition. James regularly broadcasts his work on radio and gives readings and talks about writing at literary festivals and in schools and universities. The Pathless Country, winner of the JG Farrell Award and an Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Award, is his debut novel.

Danny Denton is a writer from Passage West, Co. Cork. He’s the author of The Earlie King & the Kid In Yellow (Granta Books, 2019) and All Along The Echo, (Atlantic Books, April 2022). He is also the editor of The Stinging Fly magazine.

Alison Driscoll is a writer from Cork with an MA Creative Writing from UCC with works published online and in print. She was the Molly Keane Writer’s Retreat Writer in Residence in 2020 and 2021. She has surrounded herself in literature from working as a Bookseller to her work as a festival administrator and PR & Marketing executive for a variety of organisations. She also runs her own wedding business combining her creative flair and fondness of good organisation.


Saturday 23 April

The City Library | Thomas Davis Room | 9.30 am – 10.30 am

A Morning with the Book Agents

Invaluable advice from agents in this interactive in person session with Sallyanne Sweeney and Polly Nolan. The discussion is led by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin including your questions.

Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge. She joined Mulcahy Sweeney Associates in 2013, becoming a Director of the company in 2021, and is growing her list of authors and illustrators for children (picture books to Young Adult) and adults. Awards her clients have won or been shortlisted for include the British Book Awards, Irish Book Awards, Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards and YA Book Prize.

Polly Nolan founded PaperCuts’ in 2020, whose mission is to help you to write the very best books you can.  And, once you’ve done that, to help to get you the best possible publishing deal. Polly has an intimidating amount of publishing experience . . . but, happily, isn’t an intimidating person (unless she’s negotiating a deal on your behalf!).

Booking through Eventbrite A Morning with the Book Agents, Sat 23 Apr 2022 at 9.30 | Eventbrite


The City Library | 11.00 am – 12.00 pm

First Page Pitch

10 selected authors will read their first page to the agents and the room. With valuable feedback from Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, SallyAnne Sweeney and Polly Nolan.

To enter: Send in as an attachment a fifty-word pitch describing your book and the first 500 words of your novel to by Thursday 14th April, 2022.

The top 10 writers will be notified ahead of the day

To attend book through Eventbrite First Page Pitch Tickets, Sat 23 Apr 2022 at 11:00 | Eventbrite


The City Library | Children’s library | 11.00 am

Anyone Can Make Comics – A Beginner’s Workshop for Teens with Colin O’Mahoney

Colin O’ Mahoney is a writer and freelance editor. He also facilitates creative writing and comic-making workshops for all ages, and is passionate about the benefits of creativity and self-expression for young people. He lives in Cork with his partner Aileen, two cats, and the ever-present guilt of too many half-finished stories.

Booking required through Eventbrite Anyone Can Make Comics Sat 23 Apr at 11.00 | Eventbrite


Nano Nagle Place Conference Space | 11.00 am – 5.00 pm

Cork World Book Festival – Antiquarian Book Market

We’re celebrating Cork World Book Festival with a special Antiquarian Book Market, browse out of print, local interest and specialist books along with coins and other ephemera.

This is a FREE event, no registration required.


The Crane Lane | 12.00 – 6.00 pm

Angelus to Angelus! Celebrating One City One Book 2022

A 6-hour marathon – Cover to Cover – reading of Pancho and Lefty Ride Again, a collection of award-winning short fiction, by Cónal Creedon and this year’s One City One Book.                                  

Cónal will be joined by SMALL BIRDS sound/Instillation artists, Irene Murphy, Harry Moore & Mick O’Shea to present the marathon reading at Crane Lane. You are invited to drop in at any time during the afternoon. Sit and chill. Take in a short story or two. Take a break – before you head back out into the hustle and bustle of Downtown Pana on a Saturday afternoon. 


The City Library | Thomas Davis Room | 12.45 pm – 1.45 pm

How Publishing Works with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

Thinking of submitting your book? What do you need to do to give your work the best possible chance of getting published?  Vanessa explains the blueprint from keyboard to bookshelf. Find out what the industry is looking for – what’s hot and what’s not – and how best to submit your work. What to do to attract a publisher and discuss the mistakes writers commonly make. This discussion will give you concrete ways to improve your pitch, ideas on where to submit and give you a thorough understanding of how the business works in a relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can ask all those tricky questions.

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is the founder of The Inkwell Group and award-winning writing resources website She is Ireland’s leading literary scout as well as being a No 1 bestseller, writing crime as Sam Blake. Shortlisted twice for Irish Crime Novel of the Year, Sam Blake has had a series of No 1s; her latest book Remember My Name spent six weeks in the Irish top ten. 

Booking through Eventbrite How Publishing Works Tickets, Sat 23 Apr 2022 at 12:45 | Eventbrite


Nano Nagle Place Heritage Lecture Theatre | 1.00 pm

Talk with Kevin J. Power “A Mind for Our Times: The Living Legacy of John Moriarty”

‘A Mind For Our Times’ will explore the increasing relevance of John Moriarty, an overlooked figure of Irish intellectual heritage. Kerry-born writer and philosopher John Moriarty (1938 – 2007) went from a rural Irish childhood, to a career in academia, to an ascetic retreat to the wilderness of Connemara. A fascinating study of a life of renunciation; a rejection of career and status resulting in profound insights on the human condition, and in particular our relationship to the natural world. His time spent in contemplation and reflection yielded monumental works of myth, spirituality, ecology, mysticism and more in books such as Dreamtime, Invoking Ireland, and Night Journey to Buddh Gaia, published between 1994 and his death in 2007.

Much more than an author, Moriarty can increasingly be seen in a prophetic light; ringing environmental alarm bells which are only just now resounding in public
consciousness. Far from trusting in technological innovation as a solution to human created ‘ecological havoc’, Moriarty encourages us to see how our perception and cultural conditioning can be changed in order to curb our more destructive tendencies.

Kevin J. Power is a Cork-born philosophy teacher and musician, now living in Castlegregory, Co. Kerry. Since receiving his PhD from University College Cork in 2015 he has lectured in philosophy of mind, environmental ethics, philosophy of death and dying, as well as writing and delivering a unique module entitled ‘The Philosophy of Interdependence’ for UCC’s Adult Continuing Education programme and ‘The Great Story’, an introductory philosophy course through the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub. Kevin’s work is available through his website  


The City Library | 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Beginners Pluck 

Beginners Pluck features weekly in the Weekend section of The Irish Examiner showcasing a debut novelist each week. Come along and meet three of those authors:

  • Sheila Armstrong, How to Gut a fish
  • Edel Coffey, Breaking point (Number one bestseller)
  • Catherine Prasika, None of this is serious

In conversation with Sue Leonard with tips on how you may feature too!

Sheila Armstrong is a writer and editor from the northwest of Ireland. How To Gut A Fish is her first collection of fiction and she is working on her debut novel.

Edel Coffey is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. She began work as an arts journalist and editor with the Sunday Tribune and has since worked as a presenter and reporter with RTE radio, editor of the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, and as Books Editor of the Irish Independent. Breaking Point is her debut novel. She lives in Galway with her husband and children.

Catherine Prasifka is a young writer from Dublin. She has a BA in English literature from Trinity College Dublin and an MLitt in fantasy literature from the University of Glasgow. Her debut novel ‘None of This Is Serious’ will be published by Canongate in April 2022.

Sue Leonard is a journalist and number one bestselling ghost-writer. She has been interviewing authors for the past 25 years. (Including 11 winners of the Man Booker Prize.) She has been writing the Beginner’s Pluck Book column for the Irish Examiner since April 2011. (The 600th column will appear in July.)


The City Library | Thomas Davis Room | 2.15 pm – 4.15 pm

3rd in the series of Irish/Galician Translation workshop with Keith Payne

Focusing the ear on the rhythm and inherent musicality of a poem when approaching a translation, no experience of another language is necessary to take part in this workshop, simply a good ear will do.


The City Library | Children’s library | 3.00 pm

This Day in the History of Cork City – A Graphic Workshop for Teens with Fiona Boniwell

Fiona is an illustrator and comic creator based in Cork. Her illustration work has featured in the Graphic Novel, Death’s New Lease on Life by Cork based writer, Brendan O’ Connell, various comic anthologies and the TG4 historical documentary, Oideche Sheanchais by C-Board films. Fiona also runs workshops related to her practice.

Booking required through Eventbrite This Day in the History of Cork City Sat 23 at 3.00 | Eventbrite


The City Library | 3.00 pm

The Translation Coin

Join us for a conversation between Cork author Billy O’Callaghan and Spanish literary translator Clara Ministral (Literature Ireland/UCC Translator in Residence) as they discuss some of their experiences and journeys through literature around the world. Topics will include what it’s like having your work translated into very different languages but also what it feels like to be on the other side of that exchange, as Billy and Clara share some thoughts about both sides of the translation coin. Translation is an important bridge-building activity in our sadly fractured world and this conversation will offer us a reminder of some of the ways in which we are enriched by cultural and linguistic imports and exports – the literature of Ireland being one of its most renowned and impressive products around the world.

Clara Ministral has been translating fiction and non-fiction from English to Spanish for over a decade, including works by Rebecca Solnit, Jan Carson, Colin Bateman, Sherman Alexie, John Haines and Rebecca Miller. During that time, she has also held other positions in the arts sector, both in the UK and in Spain, primarily in publishing and bookselling. Clara is the current Literary Translator in Residence at University College Cork, as part of an agreement between the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Literature Ireland.


The City Library | 4.00 pm

Ladrones de tinta

Let’s celebrate the enjoyment of books and reading. Meet writer Alfonso Mateo-Sagasta and illustrator José María Gallego, in conversation with Hispanist Silvia Arroyo. Together, we will delve into the stories, characters and times of the novel Ladrones de tinta, set in the Spanish Golden Age (XV-XVII). A lively chat coupled with the readings from the novel and live drawing with its illustrator, creating a complete immersion in the times of Miguel de Cervantes and his most celebrated character, Don Quixote!

In Spanish with interpretation.


The City Library | Thomas Davis Room | 5.00 pm

Creating Characters and Caricature

Drawing workshop with José María Gallego

Books and illustrations accompany us since childhood. Letters and drawings establish an enriching dialogue, from illustrated novels to cartoons or newspapers.

The Instituto Cervantes Dublin, in collaboration with the Cork World Book Fest, invites you to a funny and instructive session with Spanish cartoonist José María Gallego, who will deliver a workshop for YA and adults on characters and caricature drawing.

It’s is recommended to bring materials: Pencils and/or markers and drawing paper.

In Spanish with interpretation. Limited places.

Booking through Eventbrite

Creating Characters and Caricature Drawing workshop with José María Gallego Tickets, Sat 23 Apr 2022 at 17:15 | Eventbrite


The City Library | 5.00 pm

Mirades violetes/Visions in violet

A series of readings, music and performative responses to the work of Catalan feminist pioneers Montserrat Roig and Maria-Mercè Marçal, drawing on recent translations into English by Tiago Miller, Maria Cristina Hall and Megan Berkobien, Helena Buffery and Kathleen McNerney, among others.

Followed by Catalan refreshments and classical guitar by Antanas Keturakis


Triskel | 8.00 pm

Triskel | 8.00 pm

The Owl – A Setting of Matthew Sweeney’s Poem by Iain Ballamy

Presented By Triskel and Cork World Book Fest

ECM Recording Artist and Saxophonist Iain Ballamy has composed a setting of the poem ‘The Owl’ by the late Matthew Sweeney. Co-commissioned by Triskel Arts Centre and Cork World Book Fest, and supported by The Arts Council Commissioning Award for Music, this work will be performed as a world premiere as part of Cork World Book Fest 2022 and is a personal tribute by the Composer to Matthew Sweeney who was a leading poet of his generation.

“Matthew Sweeney sent this striking poem to me in November 2017. I promised him that whatever was to come, I would make a setting for ‘The Owl’ and would not rest until that had happened. With kind support from Tony Sheehan, Mary Noonan, Cork World Book Fest and the Arts Council of Ireland, this promise has now been fulfilled. (Iain Bellamy)

  • Iain Ballamy – saxophone
  • Matthew Sharp – cello
  • Huw Warren – piano / keyboard
  • Roy Dodds – percussion

The poem will be recited by renowned actor Denis Conway


Sunday 24 April

Nano Nagle Place Conference Space | 11.00 am – 5.00 pm

Cork World Book Festival – Antiquarian Book Market

We’re celebrating Cork World Book Festival with a special Antiquarian Book Market, browse out of print, local interest and specialist books along with coins and other ephemera.

This is a FREE event, no registration required.


Fitzgerald’s Park | 2.30 pm

Poetry in the Park with The Blue Mondays

Pop up poetry one-hour show will feature poets from the Blue Mondays Poetry Anthology 2021 with their own recitations, interspersed with ensemble performance pieces, where a few poets interact. Including new voices as well as poets well known in the local scene, such as Catherine Ronan, Margaret O’Regan, J. Michael Tynan, or Rosalin Blue.  Musical elements by Margaret Creedon O’Shea.

Curated by Rosalin Blue and J Michael Tynan

Rosalin Blue has an MA in Cultural Science with a focus on Literature, Fine Arts, Education and Arts Administration from the University of Hildesheim, Germany. During her study years, Blue began performing her poetry. She has performed at may festivals including Electric Picnic. Blue was longlisted for the Words on the Waves Award 2015 and the Fish Poetry Prize 2016 and 2021.

J Michael Tynan worked for 40 years at the Irish Examiner newspaper, acting as a senior sub-editor and equestrian correspondent. His poetry has been published in journals in Ireland, the UK and USA and his latest work appears in the newly published Blue Mondays Poetry Anthology 2021, which he co-edited.


St Peter’s, North Main Street | 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Lost Launches

A collaboration between Cork City Libraries and Fiction at the Friary to celebrate writers who published books during the Covid pandemic and were unable to hold a launch. Drop in and chat to local writers, browse for books and enjoy author readings during the afternoon.

Curated by Madeleine D’Arcy and Danielle McLaughlin

Madeleine D’Arcy is a fiction writer based in Cork City. Her début short story collection, Waiting for the Bullet (Doire Press, 2014) won the Edge Hill Readers’ Choice Prize 2015 (UK). Her second collection of linked short fiction, Liberty Terrace was published by Doire Press in October 2021. She has recently completed her first novel, Feeling Savage.

Danielle McLaughlin’s debut novel The Art of Falling (John Murray 2021) was Cork City’s One City One Book 2021. Her debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in Ireland in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press and in the UK and the US & Canada by John Murray and Random House in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.


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