Cúirt International Festival of Literature has announced some highlights of the 2019 festival which will run from April 8 – 14 in Galway. The full festival line-up will be announced in early March.

Contributors to the 34th Cúirt International Festival of Literature will include: American novelist, Joshua Cohen, listed in 2017 as one of Granta’s ‘Best of’ Young American Novelists’; multi award-winning American poet and two time Pushcart prize recipient, Patricia Smith; Irish poet, Thomas McCarthy, hailed as ‘the most important Irish poet of his generation’; and Galway native, Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, who is the current Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism.

Progamme Director, Emily Cullen says: “I’m confident that next year’s Festival will once again delight and surprise with its mix of the familiar and the unexpected. Our line-up of authors in 2019 is distinctively international and will feature writers from Japan, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, France, the U.S., England and, of course, many wonderful Irish writers. Tá áthas orm go bhfuil scríbhneoirí Gaeilge den scoth ag teacht go dtí an Fhéile arís chomh maith. Through one of our themes, ‘witness’ audiences will experience the urgency of contemporary literature from some of the most powerful voices writing today.”

Cúirt International Festival of Literature would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council, Creative Europe and Galway City and County Councils.

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