October 15th

This year's festival is online (with the exception of the opening event with Cónal Creedon). To see how this works, go to Attending Online Events

Click the 'Book Ticket' button next to individual events below or go to our Eventbrite page for all events.

Unfortunately, the festival event on Friday with Kevin Barry and Billy O’Callaghan has been cancelled due to illness and bereavement respectively. All ticketholders have been contacted by email and tickets have been refunded.

Madeleine D'Arcy & Deirdre Sullivan in conversation with Alannah Hopkin


7pm   Book Ticket

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, Liberty Terrace, will be published in October 2021. In 2010 she received the Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction and the overall Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Writer. Madeleine holds an MA in Creative Writing (1st) from UCC (2014). Since January 2017, she has co-curated Fiction at the Friary, a free monthly fiction event in Cork City, with fellow-writer Danielle McLaughlin. She has recently completed her debut novel.

Buy Liberty Terrace from Doire Press and visit the writer's website.


Deirdre Sullivan is a writer and teacher from Galway. She has published seven acclaimed books for young readers, including Savage Her Reply (Little Island 2020), Perfectly Preventable Deaths (Hot Key Books 2019), and Tangleweed and Brine (Little Island 2017). She was the recipient of the CBI Book of the Year Award in 2018 and the An Post Irish Book Award for YA in 2020. Her short fiction has appeared in Banshee, The Irish Times and The Dublin Review. I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay is her first book for adults.

Buy I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay from Banshee Press.


Alannah Hopkin (moderator) is a writer based in southwest Ireland. Last year she was Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow, and this year she will be teaching on the Creative Writing M.A. at University College Cork. Her story collection The Dogs of Inishere was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2017. Her stories have appeared in the London Magazine and The Cork Literary Review, among others, and been short-listed for the RTE Short Story Award. She has worked as a freelance journalist mainly in arts and travel, and as an art critic and book reviewer. Her non-fiction books include Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People & the Place and she has published two novels with Hamish Hamilton (London). Her memoir, ‘A Very Strange Man’: A Memoir of Aidan Higgins, was published by New Island in Spring, 2021.

Buy A Very Strange Man: A Memoir of Aidan Higgins from New Island and visit the writer's website.

Kevin Barry & Billy O'Callaghan in conversation with Clíona Ní Ríordáin


9pm   Cancelled

Unfortunately, the festival event on Friday with Kevin Barry and Billy O’Callaghan has been cancelled due to illness and bereavement respectively. All ticketholders have been contacted by email and tickets have been refunded.


Kevin Barry is the author of three novels, most recently Night Boat to Tangier and three short story collections, most recently That Old Country Music. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Sunday Times EFG Bank Short Story Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, a Lannan Foundation Literary Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Night Boat to Tangier was longlisted for the Booker Prize and was a New York Times Top Ten Book for 2019. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta and elsewhere. He also writes for the screen and for the stage.

Buy That Old Country Music (Canongate Books).


Billy O'Callaghan is the author of four short story collections and three novels, most recently Life Sentences (Jonathan Cape, 2021), and the acclaimed collection, The Boatman and Other Stories (Jonathan Cape, 2020). Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award and shortlisted for the COSTA Short Story Award and the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award, his work has been translated into over a dozen languages and his short stories have appeared widely, in journals such as Agni, the Kenyon Review, Narrative, Ploughshares and the Saturday Evening Post. A new novel will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2023.

Buy The Boatman and Other Stories (Jonathan Cape) and visit the writer's website.


Clíona Ní Ríordáin (moderator) is a critic, translator, and Professor of English at the Sorbonne Nouvelle where she teaches translation studies and Irish literature. Her most recent book, English Language Poets in University College Cork 1970-1980, was published by Palgrave Macmillan, in 2020. She translated Michel Déon’s memoir of his life in Ireland, Horseman Pass By (Lilliput, 2017). She has also edited three anthologies of Irish poetry, the most recent, Jeune Poésie d’Irlande: les poètes du Munster (Illador, 2015), was co-edited and co-translated with Paul Bensimon. The duo will publish a volume of Gerry Murphy's poems, Plus loin encore, with Circe next March. She chairs the Fondation irlandaise’s Translation Prize and sits on the Strategic Committee of the Centre Culturel Irlandais.

Buy English Language Poets in University College Cork, 1970–1980 from Palgrave Macmillan