WEST CORK LITERARY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE AUTUMN/WINTER READINGS AND IN-PERSON EVENTS
After a busy summer of events the West Cork Literary Festival is planning in-person readings and an online workshop for the Autumn/Winter.
Join in the celebration of Irish Book Week with Cork writer Madeleine D'Arcy and her new collection of linked short stories, Liberty Terrace. Madeleine will be in conversation with fellow Cork writer, Tadhg Coakley, on Thursday, October 21st at 4pm in Bantry Bookshop. Places are strictly limited - contact Bantry Bookshop via DM or text 087 2773 516 to book a free ticket.
Liberty Terrace is Madeleine D’Arcy’s second collection of short fiction. These linked short stories feature a bevy of characters who reside in a fictional area of Cork City from 2016 to 2020. The inhabitants of Liberty Terrace come and go, and their lives occasionally intersect, in stories that are sometimes funny, sometimes dark, often both.
The cast of characters includes retired Garda Superintendent Deckie Google, a young homeless squatter, the mother of an autistic child working part-time as a Census Enumerator, the dysfunctional Callinan family, an aging rock star, a trio of ladies who visit a faith healer, a philandering husband, as well as a surprising number of cats and dogs. These stories shed light on how we lived before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, on what we care about and on what, if anything, we can truly count on.
On Saturday, November 13th at 7.30, West Cork Literary Festival, as part of Dublin Book Festival, will join J.R. Thorp who will discuss her novel Learwife with Nadine O'Regan in front of a live audience in Smock Alley and the event will also be available to live stream.
West Cork Literary Festival invite people to join bestselling author, Carmel Harrington, for an online workshop on Popular Fiction. The workshop will take place over five evenings from Monday, November 15th to Friday, November 19th at 6pm. There will be a maximum of 10 participants on this workshop and the ten-part workshop will take place in two 90-minute sessions per evening.
Popular Fiction covers everything from romantic comedies to thrillers, emotional contemporary family dramas to historical sagas. The thread that connects these genres is exceptional storytelling written in an accessible way for readers. Carmel will take writers through ten steps that will help them develop their skills in characterisation, dialogue, setting, plotting, self-editing and the all-important querying to agents and publishers. The sessions will be a mix of teaching, exercises, and group discussion.
Using a decade of experience, as a successful published author, Carmel will also share tips that she would have loved to hear before the good stuff happened and what she learned after her books hit bookshelves internationally.
This workshop has been designed for writers at any stage of their publication journey – whether they need help to start, or a nudge in the direction of how to reach ‘the end.’ All they need is a notebook and a pen, for writing exercises and an idea that they would like to develop further.
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Many of the festival’s previous events from the past year are also available to watch for free on their YouTube channel: westcorkmusic.ie/WCLFYouTube
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