Posted on: Tuesday, 14th March 2017 @ 5:19pm

The J. G. Farrell Fiction Award is for the best opening chapter of a novel-in-progress by a writer resident in Munster. The prize includes a place on the West Cork Literary Festival’s Novel Writing with Dean Bakopoulos’ workshop (17-21 July) and accommodation in Bantry.

Applicants must submit the first chapter of their novel (max 3,000 words) via email and also two printed copies (double-spaced and printed on one side of the page only) by Friday 19 May. Place your name and address on a separate sheet with the printed copies. Please send two hard copies to JG Farrell Award, West Cork Literary Festival, 13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co Cork and email a copy to with ‘JG Farrell Award’ in the subject line. Entries will only be considered if submitted in both hard copy and by email. Late entries will not be accepted and entries will not be returned.

This year's J.G. Farrell Fiction Award will be adjudicated by Dean Bakopoulos. Dean’s first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was a New York Times Notable Book and was named the best novel of 2005 by The Friends of American Writers; he co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the novel, soon-to-be-released as a film starring James Franco and Rashida Jones. His second novel, My American Unhappiness (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), was named one of the year’s best novels by The Chicago Tribune, and his third novel, Summerlong (Ecco/HarperCollins), was an independent bookstore bestseller and is now in development as a feature film based on Dean’s original screenplay. His fiction, essays, and op-eds have appeared in Zoetrope, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Real Simple, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Progressive, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Dean is writer-in-residence at Grinnell College in Iowa, and also teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. He is at work on a fourth novel, Pine, and a collection of essays, Undoing, a portion of which earned Dean a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; he previously won an National Endowment for the Arts grant in 2006 for fiction.

J.G. Farrell was born in Liverpool and died at the age of 44, when he was swept into the sea while fishing from rocks near his home in Kilcrohane, West Cork. His book Troubles won the Faber Prize in 1971, and in 2010 it won the Lost Man Booker Prize. The Siege of Kirshnapur, Farrell's novel about the Indian Mutiny of 1957, carried off the Booker Prize in 1973. In 2008, The Siege of Krishnapur was shortlisted for the Best of Booker public vote.

The West Cork Literary Festival would like to thank Richard Farrell for his continued sponsorship of this award, now in its eighth year.

West Cork Literary Festival Announce early line-up

Posted on: Thursday, 09th March 2017 @ 12:12pm

Colm Tóibín, Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Dame Marina Warner, Eimear McBride and Anne Enright, The Laureate for Irish Fiction, are just some of the guests already announced for the West Cork Festival. Cork author, Billy O’Callaghan, a 2017 Costa Short Story runner-up for The Boatman, will read from his first novel The Dead House, due to be published later this year and Dermot Bolger will read from his latest novel, The Lonely Sea and Sky. Visiting from the UK, Ian McGuire and Jon McGregor, both long listed for the Booker Prize, will read at the festival, as will Sarah Perry, whose novel, The Essex Serpent, is the Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016. Brendan Barrington, editor at Penguin Ireland and of the Dublin Review, will be attending the festival as Editor in Residence. Carol Drinkwater returns to Bantry to read from her new novel The Lost Girl and Lisa McInerney will read from The Blood Miracles. Poetry is again well represented with the new Ireland Chair of Poetry (2016-2019), Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paula Meehan, former Ireland Chair of Poetry (2013-2016), and former editor of Poetry Ireland, Vona Groarke.

The Children’s Festival remains as popular as ever with events this year featuring PJ Lynch, Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, and many more special events.

Online booking will be available once the full lineup is announed towards the end of March. If you're not on our mailing list already sign up here.

The West Cork Literary Festival runs from July 14th to 21st and is generously supported by The Arts Council, Cork County Library and Arts Service and Fáilte Ireland. Booking for workshops online is now available here.