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Visitor Programme-2016

For three years now, Cúirt has run an International Visitor Programme at the festival; we will be hosting Irish and International guests from the UK and Canada over a three day period within the festival.

These guests include publishers, Festival Directors, Editors and book enthusiasts who work in different areas of the book world. Our visitor Programme guests will attend Cúirt events as well as enjoying local sightseeing and Irish hospitality. We will be hosting gatherings in association with our Galway business partners and we look forward to a great week.

Neil astley

Neil Astley

is Editor of Bloodaxe Books, which he founded in 1978. His books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies, most notably the Bloodaxe Staying Alive trilogy: Staying Alive (2002), Being Alive (2004) and Being Human (2011); and two poetry-film collaborations with Pamela Robertson-Pearce, In Person: 30 Poets (2008) and In Person: World Poets (2015).

He has published two novels, The End of My Tether (2002) which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and The Sheep Who Changed the World (2005). He received an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry from the Society of Authors and was given a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books.

He is a trustee of Ledbury Poetry Festival and of Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts in England, and lives in Northumberland. He has guest-edited the Spring 2015 transatlantic all-poetry issue of the American literary journal Ploughshares, the first such issue in its 43-year history.



Neil ButlerNeil Butler

Neil Butler is an artist and producer. He founded the Zap in Brighton - an underground club for experimental art and entertainment.  He moved to Scotland to develop UZ Events as an organisation to deliver large-scale festivals and events, including Glasgow’s Millennium Celebrations, “Big in Falkirk” -Scotland’s National Street Arts Festival and Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival.

Neil has devised and presented cultural programmes for the Scottish Government in Europe, USA and Canada.  In 2010 Neil established UZ Arts as an international charity to support artists in creating cross border, cross art-form art in public space. In addition, he is the Director of the Sura Madura international artist residency centre in Sri Lanka and is Co-Director of Colombo Art Biennale.

He founded Insitu - the pan-European arts network and continues to represent the UK on its organising board. Neil continues to work as an artist performing, directing and creating installations.




Ed Hodgkingson

Ed Hodgkingson

Ed Hodgkinson currently lives and works in London. He has exhibited widely, both in
London and internationally, showing in New York, LA, Tokyo, Cape Town,
Stockholm, Hong Kong and Reykjavik.

He studied at Camberwell College of Art and
is represented by galleries in London and Cape Town.
Hodgkinson is a painter whose work is fundamentally concerned with drawing.
Working from life, he takes the qualities found in line drawing - spontaneity,
simplicity, abbreviation & experiment, and incorporates them directly into his

The drawn line acting as stream of consciousness... or as Erika Naginski
descibes it ‘...an activity that exemplifies an imagination in flux’.


 Aindrias de StaicAindrias de Staic

Aindrias de Staic is a much-loved TV presenter, Comic Actor, Film-maker & Storyteller but he is first and foremost a musician.Since completing his MA (Hons) in Community Music in University Limerick he has taught, toured and jammed with a variety of musicians & musical styles in a variety of projects across the globe.

He has scored music for Award winning films and he eatures regularly on screen and stage internationally.
Wildly original, worldly, enthralling and slightly enigmatic, Aindrias is a captivating and diverse performer who will leave audiences amused and confused, delighted and bewildered and creatively fuelled with his explosive, infectious energy.

  Drawing on the history and mystery of life in the West of Ireland Aindrias continues to perform with a Wild Atlantic Wallop of energy, wit and passion.




Seid Serdarevic

Seid Serdarević

Seid Serdarević is editor-in-chief of Croatian publishing house Fraktura and program director of World Literature Festival - Literatura Mundi. He was born in 1970 in Arnsberg, Germany.
He graduated comparative literature and Czech literature at the University of Zagreb.

He was Herder scholarship holder and worked as a Croatian lecturer at the University of Bamberg. In 2002, together with his wife, he founded Fraktura publishing house and, so far, he edited more than four hundred books.

He was awarded the Croatian prize Kiklop as editor of the year 2007 and in 2015, Fraktura won the London Book Fair International Excellence Award 2015. He published a book of literary criticism Station to station.




Martina FekonjaMartina Fekonja

Martina Fekonja studied ethnology and cultural anthropology at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Arts. She has been employed at the Slovenian Book Agency (JAK) and has helped organize and implement many projects focusing on the interpretation of cultural heritage.

 She now works for the Slovene Writers’ Association, organising the Vilenica International Literary Festival. She is also the executive co-editor of the Vilenica Anthology, which publishes lesser-known European literature, and she is also the co-editor of the Vilenica Almanac.






Eithne ShortallEithne Shortall

Eithne Shortall is the chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. She interviews prominent figures across film, theatre, music and literature for the Sunday Times Culture magazine, and has a fortnightly column entitled Culture Vulture. She also reviews plays and books. Eithne is the presenter of the latest season of TG4's music programme Ceol ar an Imeall, and a regular contributor to Arena, RTE Radio One's flagship arts show. She regularly conducts public interviews, contributes to panel discussions and has hosted cultural events.







Sinead Gleeson

Sinéad Gleeson

is a journalist and broadcaster, who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1 and is a reporter for RTE TV’s arts show, The Works.
She writes about arts and culture for The Irish Times, and reviews books for both The Irish Times and The Guardian.

In 2012, she edited the anthology, Silver Threads of Hope, and In September 2015, she edited The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers.







Geoffre yTaylor

Geoffrey E. Taylor

is the Director of the International Festival of Authors, Toronto. He has been with Harbourfront Centre for 26 years. In his capacity as Director he has travelled to New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, China, Turkey, Germany and Slovenia.

Mr. Taylor is an advisor for the Humber School of Creative Writing, an inaugural member of the Word on the Street (Toronto) Advisory Council and a founding member of the Word Alliance – a partnership between some of the world’s top literary festivals. He has also served as a jury member for the Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Arts Awards and Amazon First Novel Award.

He received an Honorary Degree from the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in recognition of his significant contribution to Canadian books and authors.


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