BOOK NOTES: Festivals and Events

Jan/Feb 2017 Book Notes:

Cork International Poetry Festival 2017.

The Cork International Poetry Festival takes place in the city on 14–18 February, featuring readings, talks and interviews with leading lights in poetry from Ireland and abroad. Among this year’s highlights are appearances by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Carolyn Forché, Martina Evans, Yusef Komunyakaa, Katie Donovan and many more. For full details of the programme, go to


The Irish Book Industry Conference, 3 March 2017

Publishing Ireland and the Booksellers Association have confirmed the date of the Irish Book Industry Conference as 3 March 2017. The conference will take place at the Maldron Hotel, Dublin Airport, and will include a dinner dance in the evening. Conference sessions will include trade collaboration, reinventing your business, children’s books, social media and PR, and up-to-date sales data and customer insights from Nielsen. Publishers are invited to participate in Fever Pitch—introducing new titles to booksellers from Ireland and the UK. The programme will be sent out early in the New Year, along with a booking form. If anyone would like to book a room at the Maldron Hotel now, the conference has secured a very good rate of €120 per night; contact for details.


The Lifecycle of the Book – Four part series. 

Publishing Ireland, in association with Words Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre, is hosting a series of short evening talks on the different aspects of the publishing process, aimed at writers and the general public. The idea is to break down the stages of publishing, from the completion of a manuscript right through to the books being on the shelves and being discussed in the media. There will be four talks covering the four different stages: ‘The Writing Process’, ‘Getting Published’, ‘What Publishers Do’ and ‘Reaching the Reader’. Each talk will involve a panel of three speakers, all experts in their field, talking for fifteen minutes, with an audience Q&A to follow. The talks will be held on successive Tuesday evenings in February (7–28) from 6.30pm to 8pm in the Irish Writers Centre.

More information can be found on or


The Ennis Book Club Festival, 3-5 March

The annual Ennis Book Club Festival is back from 3 to 5 March 2017. For full details of the forthcoming programme go to Facebook and Twitter or register for the monthly newsletter on The festival has a new artistic director in Paul Perry, the author of five critically acclaimed collections of poetry, including, most recently, Gunpowder Valentine. Writing under the pseudonym Karen Perry, he is also the coauthor of three best-selling psychological thrillers published by Penguin Random House, the most recent of which is Girl Unknown. As well as being a writer, Paul is also an activist and curator of literary events throughout Ireland.

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, March 22-26 

The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival will run in various locations in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown on 22–26 March 2017. Best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope returns with her new novel, City of Friends. In a special pre-festival event on 28 February, Irish Times writer Hugh Linehan will interview Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. In his new book Exit West, Mohsin describes a growing friendship between two young people in an unnamed war zone in the Middle East. The Poetry Now strand is an important keystone of the ongoing success of the festival, and this year Michael Longley and Nick Laird will read new works and reflect on their careers to date. The Schools and Families programme brings the best local and international writers working in this sector to Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. Confirmed to appear are Judith Kerr, Chris Riddell, Niamh Sharkey, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle and Chris Judge, with more names awaiting confirmation.


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    Read back on Nov/Dec 2016 Festival listing here.



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You might also be interested in our recent blog post on the rise of Irish literary festivals here.


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