Tuesday 25 September 2018

World Book Festival out to prove it has the write stuff

Johnathan Fehily from Cork City Library with festival volunteer Alison Driscoll, who is also a UCC student on the creative writing MA course. They are preparing for the Cork World Book Festival. Photo: Gerard McCarthy
Johnathan Fehily from Cork City Library with festival volunteer Alison Driscoll, who is also a UCC student on the creative writing MA course. They are preparing for the Cork World Book Festival. Photo: Gerard McCarthy
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Breda Heffernan

A host of international writers who are not yet well-known on these shores are to take part in this year's Cork World Book Festival.

The six-day festival kicks off on Unesco World Book Day, April 23, with a lunchtime event observing the Catalonian tradition of giving books and flowers.

Among the writers flying in are award-winning Taiwanese novelist Chang Ying-Tai, Diana Darke, an author and expert on Syria, and Slovenian writer Dusan Sarotar, who was nominated for the Dublin Literary Award 2018 for his book 'Panorama', which is partly set in Ireland.

A special feature of this year's festival will be 'Rainbow Writers', focusing on young LGBT writers, while best-selling author Julie Parsons, winner of the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year at last year's Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, will discuss and read from her thriller 'The Therapy House'. The annual dedicated teen day is on April 25 with a launch of books by Transition Year students.

James O’Geady and grandson Liam O’Burre, from Ballinlough, catch up on some reading in Cork’s famous English Market. Photo: Gerard McCarthy
James O’Geady and grandson Liam O’Burre, from Ballinlough, catch up on some reading in Cork’s famous English Market. Photo: Gerard McCarthy

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