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Full Programme 2019

See our Full Programme of 2019 events below.

You can opt to view our Full Programme, Personal Development events, Children & YA festival and listings by Writer and by Type of event, by selecting the relevant tabs. You can also Meet our Writers here.

And don’t miss the Special Events we’ve highlighted for you!

Friday 12 July 2019

New To The Parish

Date 12 July 2019
Time 1:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Opening Reception of the 21st West Cork Literary Festival

Date 12 July 2019
Time 6:30 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Mary Robinson

Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
Date 12 July 2019
Time 8:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €25

Angela Fewer: Eternal Sea

Dates 12 July to 19 July 2019
Duration 8 days
Location Organico
Admission Free

Free Market: Exhibition

Dates 12 July to 19 July 2019
Duration 8 days
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

The West Cork Letter Café

Dates 12 July to 19 July 2019
Location Organico
Admission Free
Saturday 13 July 2019

Yoga on the Lawn

Date 13 July 2019
Time 9:30 am
Location Bantry House Gardens
Admission €10

Rónán Hession

Date 13 July 2019
Time 11:30 am
Location Bantry Bookshop
Admission Free

Thomas McCarthy & Mary Noonan

Date 13 July 2019
Time 1:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Kevin Barry

Date 13 July 2019
Time 1:30 pm
Location Whiddy Island Ferry
Admission €25

Teenage Workshop: Stephen James Smith

Age: 14-18 / 15 people max / Booking is required
Date 13 July 2019
Time 3:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Whiddy Island Talk and Festival Walk

Date 13 July 2019
Time 3:15 pm
Location Whiddy Island
Admission €5

Claire Adam & Jing-Jing Lee

Date 13 July 2019
Time 5:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Stephen James Smith

Date 13 July 2019
Time 6:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €16

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

The Importance of Being Aisling!
Date 13 July 2019
Time 8:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €20
Sunday 14 July 2019

Mark Boyle

Date 14 July 2019
Time 12:30 pm
Location Future Forests
Admission €18

Teenage Reading: John Boyne

Age: 12+
Date 14 July 2019
Time 3:00 pm
Location St. Brendan’s Hall
Admission €6

Tracey Thorn

Date 14 July 2019
Time 3:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €18

Catherine Kirwan & Catherine Ryan Howard

Date 14 July 2019
Time 5:00 pm
Location Bantry Courthouse
Admission €18

John Boyne & Patrick Gale

Date 14 July 2019
Time 6:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €16

Anne Carson

Date 14 July 2019
Time 8:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €20

Open Mic Night

Date 14 July 2019
Time 10:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free
Monday 15 July 2019

Coffee and Chat with Helen Jukes

Date 15 July 2019
Time 10:00 am
Location Bantry House Tearooms
Admission €10

Jennifer Russell

Date 15 July 2019
Time 11:30 am
Location Bantry Bookshop
Admission Free

Diarmaid Ferriter

Date 15 July 2019
Time 1:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Editor-in-Residence with Kishani Widyaratna

Dates 15 July 2019
Time 2:00 pm | 3:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 5:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €60

Kit de Waal & Anjali Joseph

Date 15 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €18

Spotlight on UCC's MA in Creative Writing

Date 15 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free

Ellen Hutchins’ Letters: Plants, Landscape & Literature 

Date 15 July 2019
Time 4:30 pm
Location Organico
Admission Free

Charlotte Collins

Date 15 July 2019
Time 6:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €16

Open Mic Matinee

Date 15 July 2019
Time 6:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free

Sebastian Barry & Sarah Crossan

Date 15 July 2019
Time 8:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €5

Open Mic Night

Date 15 July 2019
Time 10:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Coffee & Chat with Thom Eagle

Date 16 July 2019
Time 10:00 am
Location Bantry House Tearooms
Admission €10

Eibhear Walshe 

Date 16 July 2019
Time 11:30 am
Location Bantry Bookshop
Admission Free

Craig Davidson, Cherie Dimaline & Heather O'Neill

Date 16 July 2019
Time 1:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Editor-in-Residence with Kishani Widyaratna

Dates 16 July 2019
Time 2:00 pm | 3:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 5:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €60

Bookbinding 101

Date 16 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location Forest & Flock
Admission €25

Tana French

Date 16 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location Bantry House
Admission €18

Caramel Hearts: E.R. Murray

Age: 12+
Date 16 July 2019
Time 3:00 pm
Location St. Brendan’s Hall
Admission €6

Lavinia Greacen: J.G. Farrell 

Date 16 July 2019
Time 5:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Launch of the 2019 Fish Anthology

Date 16 July 2019
Time 6:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free

Sinéad Gleeson & Emilie Pine 

Date 16 July 2019
Time 8:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €20

Open Mic Night

Date 16 July 2019
Time 10:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free
Wednesday 17 July 2019

Children's Workshop: Create your own accordion book

Age: 8-12 / 8 people max / Booking is required
Date 17 July 2019
Time 10:00 am
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Coffee & Chat with Raynor Winn

Date 17 July 2019
Time 10:00 am
Location Bantry House Tearooms
Admission €10

Nicole Flattery

Date 17 July 2019
Time 11:30 am
Location Bantry Bookshop
Admission Free

Tadhg Coakley & Mary White

Date 17 July 2019
Time 1:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Editor-in-Residence with Kishani Widyaratna

Dates 17 July 2019
Time 2:00 pm | 3:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 5:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €60

Arnold Thomas Fanning  

Date 17 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €18

Independent Press: No Alibis Press 

Date 17 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €20

Teenage Reading: Cethan Leahy

Age: 14+
Date 17 July 2019
Time 3:00 pm
Location St. Brendan’s Hall
Admission €6

Wendy Erskine & Elske Rahill

Date 17 July 2019
Time 5:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Esi Edugyan & Steven Price

Date 17 July 2019
Time 6:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €16

Liz Berry, Doireann Ní Ghríofa & Jessica Traynor

Date 17 July 2019
Time 8:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €20

Open Mic Night

Date 17 July 2019
Time 10:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free
Thursday 18 July 2019

The Festival Swim

Date 18 July 2019
Time 9:00 am
Location The Abbey Strand
Admission Free

Children's Workshop: Up & Up: Illustrating Workshop with Mark Wickham

Age: 5-12 / Booking is required
Date 18 July 2019
Time 10:00 am
Location St. Brendan’s Hall
Admission €3

Sarah Davis-Goff

Date 18 July 2019
Time 11:30 am
Location Bantry Bookshop
Admission Free

Denyse Woods: Cork County Council Writer-in-Residence

Date 18 July 2019
Time 1:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Editor-in-Residence with Kishani Widyaratna

Dates 18 July 2019
Time 2:00 pm | 3:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 5:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €60

Gráinne Fox: Literary Agent 

Date 18 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €20

Rosita Boland & Adam Weymouth

Date 18 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €18

Teenage Workshop: Fighting Words

Age: 13-16 / 30 people max / Booking is required
Date 18 July 2019
Time 3:00 pm
Location St. Brendan’s Hall
Admission Free

From the Well

Date 18 July 2019
Time 5:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Tessa Hadley & Hugo Hamilton

Date 18 July 2019
Time 6:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €16

Graham Norton

A Keeper
Date 18 July 2019
Time 8:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €30

Open Mic Night

Date 18 July 2019
Time 10:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free
Friday 19 July 2019

Children's Workshop: Fighting Words

Age: 4-6 / 15 people max / Booking is required
Date 19 July 2019
Time 10:00 am
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Coffee & Chat with Eva Bourke

Date 19 July 2019
Time 10:00 am
Location Bantry House Tearooms
Admission €10

Ian Maleney

Date 19 July 2019
Time 11:30 am
Location Bantry Bookshop
Admission Free

James Harpur: W.B. Yeats

Date 19 July 2019
Time 1:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Editor-in-Residence with Kishani Widyaratna

Dates 19 July 2019
Time 9:00 am | 10:00 am | 11:00 am | 12:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €60

Publicity Masterclass with PR Director Elaine Egan 

Date 19 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €20

Sarah Moss

Date 19 July 2019
Time 2:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €18

Free Market

Date 19 July 2019
Time 5:00 pm
Location Bantry Library
Admission Free

Danny Diamond & Tom French

Date 19 July 2019
Time 6:30 pm
Location Ma Murphy’s
Admission €10

Joseph O’Connor & Paraic O’Donnell

Date 19 July 2019
Time 8:30 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission €20

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