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Calling all book worms!

Thursday, 19th April, 2018 9:50am

The 2018 Cork World Book Festival begins next week. The UNESCO World Book Day launches with a lunchtime event observing the Catalonian tradition of gifting books and flowers.

The festival will run for six days with a packed programme of readings, poetry recitals, workshops, art exhibitions, street market and special events.

'Cork - an intercultural city’ is the theme for the 14th year of the festival featuring international writers as well as local and Irish writers .This year’s festival will see writers visiting Cork from Taiwan, Tasmania, Syria, Galicia, Catalunya, Slovenia, Australia and the UK.

This 2018 international roster includes Chang Ying-Tai, an award-winning Taiwanese novelist and short story writer; Nicholas Shakespeare who has devoted years to writing about Australia, including a non-fiction work, ‘In Tasmania'; Diana Darke, a Syrian specialist and middle east cultural expert whose new book, ‘The Merchant of Syria,’ will be published in April; Dusan Sarotar, a Slovenian writer, nominated for the Dublin Literary Award 2018 for his book ‘Panorama,’ partly set in Ireland; Olga Novo, Galician poet and essayist; and Robyn Roland, a prolific, award-winning Australian poet now living in Ireland.

A special feature of this year’s festival is ‘Rainbow Writers’ which focuses on young and exciting LGBT+ writers. Best-selling author Julie Parsons, winner of the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017, will discuss and read from her recent thriller, ‘The Therapy House’.

Fired!, a coffee shop trail of events run by Kathy D’Arcy reminding the Irish literary world about the beautiful work and talented female poets who have been erased from the canon of Irish literature will also take place.

A new book by local writer Kevin Doyle will be launched in the library on Thursday 26 April. It is a first-time festival outing for the authors of the Facebook phenomenon, ‘Oh My God What a Complete Aisling,’ which has resulted in the creation of a book by group founders Emer Lysate and Sarah Breen.

One of the festival’s main aims is to get all ages involved in books. The annual dedicated teen day is on Wednesday 25 April, a jam packed line-up of events coordinated in conjunction with the Cork City Libraries Teen Committee. There are also all-ages workshops taking place at Triskel and Cork City Library throughout the week including an Irish language master class workshop with author, Ré Ó Laighléis, and a launch of books by transition year students at Triskel featuring teen writer Claire Hennessy.

There is a wealth of poetry on offer from international, national and local poets including Luz Pichel and Keith Payne. Cork poet Gerry Murphy will launch his new chapbook at the festival.

An annual highlight is the on-street book fair produced by Goldiefish which will be attended by over ten booksellers along with food and a variety of stallholders, on Saturday 28 April. This will take place on Grand Parade and will see series of intercultural afternoon events over the course of the day. For more information visit corkcitylibraries.ie.

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