The Cúirt Festival Team is excited to announce its programme for its upcoming digital literary festival, taking place Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25, 2020. A number of exciting events have been arranged in video and podcast formats, the times and dates for which can be found in the schedule below. All event links can be found on the Cúirt Website or our Eventbrite page at

Thursday, April 23

Mothertongues, with Literature Wales 13.00 PM

Ifor ap Glyn, Ciara Ní É, and Pàdraig MacAoidh

In partnership with British Council, Welsh Government and Literature Wales.

National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn, Ciara Ní É, and Pàdraig MacAoidh present new poems delving into the idea of language from a Welsh, Scots Gaelic and Irish language perspective.


Mary Costello and Alan McMonagle 17.30 PM

Mary Costello (The River Capture) and Alan McMongangle (Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame), two of Galway’s most celebrated writers, come together to showcase the depth and scope of literary talent within Galway’s county lines.


Eimear McBride: Strange Hotel in conversation Edel Coffey 19.30 PM

One of Ireland’s most exciting contemporary novelists Eimear McBride discusses her latest novel, Strange Hotel, with arts journalist and book critic Edel Coffey.


Friday, April 24

Poetry – Michael Gorman and Róisín Kelly 11.00 AM

Spanning a generation, poets Roisín Kelly (Mercy) and Michael Gorman (Fifty Poems) are brought together to read from their latest collections.


Sara Baume and Sinead Gleeson: in conversation 13.00 PM

A significant voice in the stable of new Irish writing, Sara Baume is joined by Sinead Gleeson to discuss her latest book Handiwork.


Elaine Feeney in conversation with Lisa McInerney 17.30 PM

moderated by Sasha de Buyl

Galway native and force of nature Elaine Feeney joins Lisa McInerney to discuss Feeney’s debut novel As You Were.


Anne Enright with Rick O’Shea 19.30 PM

Literary powerhouse Anne Enright discusses her latest novel, Actress, with Rick O’Shea.


Saturday, April 25

Ireland of the Welcomes: Owudinni Mustapha, Melatu Uche Okorie, Jess Traynor 11.00 AM

Join writers Owudinni Mustapha, Melatu Uche Okorie and Jess Traynor to hear what some of the best new writing in Ireland has to offer and share in their stories of what it means to find and make a place home.


Rob Doyle with Edel Coffey 13.00 PM

Rob Doyle, one of the most original writers in contemporary literature, joins Edel Coffey to discuss his latest novel Threshold.


Carolyn Forché 17.30 PM

One of the leading voices in modern poetry Carolyn Forché (In the Lateness of the World) joins us for an evening of groundbreaking poetry.


Jan Carson and Kevin Barry in conversation with Peggy Hughes 19.30 PM

Jan Carson (The Fire Starters) and Kevin Barry (Night Boat to Tangier) join Peggy Hughes for a unique conversation discussing their most recent novels.


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