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Cúirt 2023

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The 38th Cúirt International Festival of Literature will welcome world-renowned and celebrated Irish and international authors, alongside the very best in emerging talent, to Galway this year, for the week of 18th - 23rd April.

The festival will host over 50 events, including poetry, fiction, theatre, memoir, masterclasses, exhibitions, and family events.

We hope that the programme this year offers audiences new perspectives, and an opportunity to share a love of literature with the city and with each other. After all, reading is both a solitary and shared act that can bring us closer and widen our appreciation of the world. This idea is reflected in our poster, illustrated by artist Charlot Kristensen, which is an invitation to settle into a book and share the act of reading, and all that it encompasses - ideas, inspiration, conversation - with those around us.

We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the festival for what will promise to be an unforgettable week of readings, events, and conversation.

Tues 18
10:30 The Hardiman - An Amazing Story Hardiman Hotel FREE  
12:30 Poems for Patience Launch Hospital Lobby FREE
14:00 Poetry Masterclass with Colette Bryce Aras NaGael €25 Tickets
16:00 Too Much of Nothing Neachtains €10 Tickets
18:00 Queering the Green Nun's Island €8/6 Tickets
19:30 Cúirt Festival Week Launch Galway City Distillary FREE  
Wed 19
10:30 Frames of Reference: Editing Poetry Nun's Island €10/8 Tickets
13:00 Poetry Reading with Vona Groarke, Rachael Allen and Will Harris Nun's Island €8/6 Tickets
14:00 Fiction Masterclass with Carmen Maria Machado Aras NaGael €25 Tickets
15:30 ROPES Launch Nun's Island FREE
16:00 Too Much of Nothing Neachtains €10 Tickets
18:00 Telling Tales: Emigrant Women in the 19th Century Nun's Island €10/8 Tickets
20:30 Haunting Fiction Nun's Island €12/10 Tickets
21:30 Lifeboat Pamphlet Launch Festival Club FREE  
Thurs 20
10:30 Frames of Reference: Art Writing Nun's Island €10/8 Tickets
12:00 Kevin Higgins Memorial Taibhdhearc FREE
13:00 Debut Fiction: Maddie Mortimer, Luke Cassidy and Tice Cin Nun's Island €8/6 Tickets
14:30 New Writing Showcase Taibhdhearc FREE
16:00 Too Much of Nothing Neachtains €10 Tickets
16:30 Writing Collapse: Eco-poetry Nun's Island €8/6 Tickets
18:00 None of the Above: Travis Alabanza Taibhdhearc €12/10 Tickets
19:00 Fergus Cronin: Night Music Galway City Distillary FREE  
20:30 Bodies of Work: Carmen Maria Machado Taibhdhearc €12/10 Tickets
Fri 21
10:30 Frames of Reference: Editing Fiction Nun's Island €10/8 Tickets
12:00 Lessons in Kindness: a workshop with Dani Gill Coffeewerk & Press TBC Tickets
13:00 Motherhood and Madness: Alice Kinsella and Jessica Traynor Taibhdhearc €10/8 Tickets
13:30 Young Writer Delegates Showcase Charlie Byrnes FREE  
15:00 Suad Aldarra and Derek Owusu Nun's Island €8/6 Tickets
15:30 Dinnseanchas: Lore of Places Taibhdhearc €10/8 Tickets
16:00 Too Much of Nothing Neachtains €10 Tickets
17:00 How to Build a Boat Book Launch: Elaine Feeney Kenny's €10/8 Tickets
17:30 The Land, The Self: Memoir and Nature Town Hall Theatre €12/10 Tickets
19:00 Boxing Day with William Keohane Nun's Island €8/6 Tickets
20:30 Max Porter: Shy Town Hall Theatre €16/14 Tickets
Sat 22
9:00 Shore Lines: Blackrock Readings and Sea Swim Diving Board FREE  
11:00 Making a Story World - Characters, with Mary Watson Galway City Library FREE
11:00 Kid's Story Time with Fearghas MacLochlainn Charlie Byrnes FREE  
11:30 well I just kind of like it Outset Gallery €8/6 Tickets
12:30 Bay Views: Writers on Wild Swimming Taibhdhearc €10/8 Tickets
13:00 A Changing Climate: Writing, Activism and the Environment Town Hall Theatre €12/10 Tickets
14:00 Close to Home: Michael Magee Nun's Island €10/8 Tickets
15:00 The Wonderful World of YA Taibhdhearc €10/8 Tickets
16:00 Too Much of Nothing Neachtains €10 Tickets
16:00 Donal Ryan & Wendy Erskine Town Hall Theatre €12/10 Tickets
18:30 Poetry Reading with Eva Bourke, Tara Bergin and Padraig Regan Taibhdhearc €12/10 Tickets
20:00 Old God's Time: Sebastian Barry Town Hall Theatre €16/14 Tickets
Sun 23
11:00 The Raven's Nest: Sarah Thomas Outset Gallery €8/6 Tickets
12:00 Kid's Story Time Charlie Byrnes FREE  
12:00 Common Decency is Nothing Special: Susannah Dickey and Nicole Flattery Nun's Island €10/8 Tickets
14:30 Poor Little Sick Girls: Ione Gamble Nun's Island €10/8 Tickets
16:00 Too Much of Nothing Neachtains €10 Tickets
16:00 Sentimental Garbage Podcast Live with Caroline O'Donoghue and Emer McLysaght Town Hall Theatre €12/10 Tickets
17:00 The Arts and Culture of Galway since 1820 Nuns Island FREE
19:00 An Evening with Anne Enright and Louise Kennedy Town Hall Theatre €16/14 Tickets

For full details, please see the Cúirt website.

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