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Mar 13 2020

Cúirt festival director, Sasha de Buyl, on the line up

‘The great and the good of Irish writing'

THE FIRST year of the new decade sees a new director at the helm of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature – Sahsa de Buyl. “If you were to look at a theme for this years’s event,” she says, “it would be the great and the good of Irish writing.”

The Cúirt programme was launched this week, and reveals an impressive line-up for the festival's April 20 to 25 run, with Galway writers (Elaine Feeney, Alan McMonagle, Mary Costello ); Irish writers (Sara Baume, Eimear McBride, Anne Enright ); leading authors from abroad – Simon Armitage (Britain ), Kai Miller (Jamaica ), Kapka Kassabova (Bulgaria ); as well as former footballer Richie Sadlier and spoken word artist Kate Tempest, among others.

“As readers in Ireland, we are aware that contemporary Irish writing is just the business,” Sasha tells me during our Thursday afternoon interview. “We are world leaders across genres in terms of our literature output, and this programme reflects that. We’ve been really lucky that it also has been a bumper year for new releases from brilliant Irish writers and that is also reflected in our programme.”

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