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Skype has last word on writers at festival

Giant screens and Skype will be on standby at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway to ensure audiences will be able to hear and see their favourite international writers at this year's Cuirt Festival of Literature -- even if flights remain grounded.

Booker winners Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright will open the 25th Cuirt Festival today at Galway City Museum.

Colum McCann and Joyce Carol Oates are due in Galway from America in the next few days, while Debra Treisman, the fiction editor of 'The New Yorker', is also expected to travel to the world-renowned literary festival. If anyone can't make it in person, facilities will be in place to allow them participate via Skype.

Irish Independent