October 6th

This year's festival is online. To see how this works, go to our Attending Online Events page.

Individual events cost €5 each; a season ticket costs €50 (or €25 for subscribers to Southword Journal).

Billy O’Callaghan & Simon Van Booy in conversation


7pm (€5)

Billy O'Callaghan is the author of four short story collections and two novels, most recently My Coney Island Baby (Jonathan Cape, 2019) which was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award and translated into nine languages, 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 among numerous other honours, his stories have appeared widely, in such journals such as Agni, the Kenyon Review, Narrative, Ploughshares, the Saturday Evening Post. A new novel, Life Sentences, will be published by Jonathan Cape in the spring of 2021.


Simon Van Booy is the award-winning and best-selling author of thirteen books that include: The Secret Lives of People in Love (short-listed for the Vilcek Prize), Love Begins in Winter (awarded the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award), and The Sadness of Beautiful Things (short-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize). He is currently working on two novels, Kentucky and Souvenirs (release date TBC) a series of novels for children set in Brooklyn (release date TBC), and a book of ghost stories (release date TBC). His latest non-fiction work (coming in 2020 from ACC Art Books) is a collaborative effort, which tells the stories in words, photographs, and archival images, of the men and women who hand-build Rolls Royce motorcars.


Zsuzsi Gartner & Etgar Keret in conversation with Danny Denton


9pm (€5)

Canadian writer Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the acclaimed story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth and editor of the award-winning Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. Her second collection, Better Living through Plastic Explosives, was a finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her short fiction has been widely anthologized, broadcast on CBC in Canada and NPR in the U.S., and won numerous prizes, including two National Magazine Awards. Zsuzsi was the inaugural Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow for Cork in 2016 and the recipient of a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity’s Fables for the 21st Century program in 2017. She is the founder and director of Writers Adventure Camp in Whistler, BC. Her new book, The Beguiling, was published by Penguin Canada in September. She lives in Vancouver.


Born in Ramat Gan in 1967, Etgar Keret’s books were published in more than 45 languages. His writing has been published in The New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Zoetrope. Over 100 short movies have been based on his stories. Keret resides in Tel Aviv and lectures at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has received the Book Publishers Association’s Platinum Prize several times, the Prime Minister’s Prize (1996), the Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize, the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize (UK, 2008), the St Petersburg Public Library’s Foreign Favorite Award (2010), the Newman Prize (2012), the Charles Bronfman Prize in recognition of his work imparting an inspiring Jewish humanitarian vision (2017) and the Sapir Prize (2018), Israel’s most prestigious literary award, for his latest book Fly Already, which has also been shortlisted as one of the best books of 2019 by the Financial Times and the New York Public Library.

Danny Denton is a writer from Cork. He has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships for his work, and has published work in various journals. The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow is his first novel.