Cúirt is more than a festival that takes place every April. Through our year-round programme, we create opportunities for writers at all stages of their careers, and events for readers of all ages. Through our outreach programmes, we support and empower new audiences and communities to enjoy books, reading and literature. Our goal is to open our doors to everyone who wants inside.
Our Labs programme for schools returns in 2021! Creating digital workshop packs for schools across Galway city and county, Cúirt will bring writers, illustrators, storytellers and zine-makers directly into classrooms through workshop modules that schools can participate in during class time, within the safety of classrooms or at home. There will be workshops for three age groups: 1st–3rd Class, 4th–6th Class, and Post-Primary (1st–3rd Year), as well as an Irish language workshop for all ages. If you are a school or teacher and would like more information or to participate in this year’s Labs programme, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer in Residence
Delivered in partnership with Cúirt, English PEN and PEN na hÉireann proudly present the Common Currency Writer in Residence programme. Common Currency is a celebration of freedom of expression, and was created in the spirit of the PEN charter that ‘literature knows no frontiers’ to provide an opportunity for a writer from the MENA region resident in Ireland to become a writer in residence during the 2021 Cúirt Festival.
This residency is made in collaboration with the British Council.
Irish Writers Centre Young Writer Delegates
The Irish Writers Centre/Cúirt Young Writer Delegate programme gives young writers aged 18 – 26 the extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves in the festival, as well as contribute to it as active participants. The four selected young writers are given festival passes and full access to its events; they will also participate in readings and be engaged in writing activities leading up to, during and after the festival, enabling them to be immersed fully in both the online and physical literary landscape. During the festival, the YWD are supported by an IWC facilitator and local writer-mentor to reflect on the festival programme and their experience with it, and to share their views via Cúirt and the IWC’s social media platforms.
Cúirt New Writing Prize
The Cúirt New Writing Prize, kindly sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire, exists to nurture and showcase new writing talent across and outwith Ireland. The competition runs annually in advance of the festival in two categories: poetry & short fiction. Judges for this year’s New Writing Prize were poet Stephen Sexton and shorty story writer and author Colin Barrett. Check back later in the year for more information about the 2022 competition.Cúirt New Writing Prize