Couple behind ‘West Cork' podcast join top writers at Literary Festival

May 13th, 2018 7:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

Eimear O'Herlihy, director of the successful West Cork Literary Festival (Photo: Darragh Kane)

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SOME of the country’s top writers as well as well known global names will feature at this summer’s West Cork Literary Festival, including the couple behind the hugely succesful West Cork podcast.

Taking place from July 13th to 20th the line-up includes Clonakilty’s Louise O’Neill, Bernard MacLaverty, Margaret Drabble, Joseph O’Neill, Ruth Padel, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Nick Laird, Zadie Smith, Fintan O’Toole, Catríona Perry, Inua Ellams and more.

Festival Director Eimear O’Herlihy said: ‘I am so excited to share this year’s festival line-up with our audiences as there are so many incredible writers coming to Bantry this Summer, from well known established writers to new discoveries and debut writers. We are so delighted to be bringing Irish and international writers, across all genres, to West Cork and whether you are interested in poetry or memoir, short stories or food writing, children’s literature or podcasts, crime writing or travel writing, we really do have something for you this year. And the festival is the opportunity to discover the beauty of West Cork.’ In a week packed with readings, workshops, interviews, seminars and children’s events, audiences can also enjoy a dip in Bantry Bay for the Festival Swim, zen out with yoga on the lawns of Bantry House, enjoy the Festival Walk, or call into the West Cork Letter Café to let someone know that you’re thinking of them.

Journalist Sam Bungey, and documentary producer Jennifer Forde, the couple behind the phenomenally successful West Cork podcast, an audio series about the unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, will discuss the making of this thoughtful and compelling podcast with journalist Justine McCarthy.

Eileen O’Brien, from Cork County Library and Arts Service, added: ‘Readers get to see long-admired authors unmasked, people that have hitherto been a friend on their bookshelves taking shape in the reality of familiar and intimate settings. Just as exciting is the chance to discover new authors, thanks to the strategic groupings that have been conceived allowing unexpected connections to be made.’

Those wishing to hone their writing skills can attend workshops on novel writing, journalism, or how to write a cookbook. Workshops will be given by Trish Deseine, Martina Evans, Sinéad Gleeson, Philip Hoare, Dave Lordon, Justine McCarthy, Billy Ramsell, Eimear Ryan, Katherine Weber and Dave Lordan with ER Murray.

Booking is now open on, Telephone: 027 52788/9.

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