Poets and Writers Inspire Young Adults’ Programme at West Cork Literary Festival

Posted on: Wednesday, 11th July 2018 @ 12:31pm

Louise O’Neill and Inua Ellams among the poets and writers giving workshops and readings for children and young adults

Saturday 14th July - Friday 20th July
Bantry Library and St. Brendan’s School Hall, Bantry

Award-winning poet and performer Inua Ellams, and award winning author Louise O’Neill, are part of the exciting children’s and young adults’ programme at this summer’s West Cork Literary Festival, which runs from Friday 13th to Friday 20th July.

Inua Ellams will give a free poetry workshop in Bantry Library on Saturday 14th July at 10am. Aimed at teenagers from 14 to 18, it will look at poems that address identity and cultural stereotypes. Identity, displacement, and destiny, are recurring themes in Inua’s work in which he mixes the old with the new, traditional with the contemporary.

Clonakilty native Louise O’Neill returns to the Festival and will read from her new novel The Surface Breaks in St Brendan’s School Hall on Saturday 14th July at 2.30pm.

The Young Adult programme also includes: a reading by Mary Watson, the South African writer who was included on the Hay Festival’s 2014 Africa39 list of influential writers from sub-Saharan Africa; a reading from I Am Thunder by British-born Pakistani writer Muhammad Khan; a free teenage workshop called #IamIrish which is an international creative movement exploring perceptions of Colour, Culture, Identity and Heritage; and A Reading and Writing Life, featuring three of the Festival writers Muhammad Khan, Chibundu Onuzo and Joseph O’Neill. Popular local writer, E.R. Murray, also returns to read from her latest book The Book of Revenge.

Other free events include two Fighting Words workshops in St Brendan’s Hall, one for 8 to 10 year olds and the other for 12 to 14 year olds. In these workshops, students develop a collaborative story while an Illustrator brings their ideas to life. The Fighting Words programme was developed by Roddy Doyle and involves a lot of laughs while drawing out the students’ fabulous ideas. Mary Watson will also lead a free workshop for teenagers of 14 to18 years old called Familiar Pleasures: Writing Tropes in YA Fiction in Bantry Library. Booking is required for all free events.

The programme has been developed as part of West Cork Literary Festival’s involvement in READ ON, a 48-month, European project that aims to reignite a passion for reading amongst young people, specifically focused on those between the ages of 12 and 19. It is delivered through 7 partner organisations across 6 EU countries (Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK). The Irish component is delivered by West Cork Music in collaboration with Cork County Library & Arts Service. READ ON is funded by the EU Creative Europe programme and undertaken with the support of the Arts Council.

Poetry Workshop with Inua Ellams
Saturday 14 July 10.00am | Bantry Library | Teenage Workshop | Age: 14-18 | 15 people max | FREE | Booking is required

Teenage Reading: The Surface Breaks: Louise O’Neill
Saturday 14 July 14.30pm | St Brendan’s School Hall | €6 | Age: 14+

Children's Reading: The Book of Revenge: E.R. Murray
Sunday 15 July 14.30pm | St Brendan’s School Hall | €6 | Age: 8-12

Children’s Workshop: Fighting Words
*** BOOKED OUT *** Monday 16 July 11.00-13.00 | St Brendan’s School Hall | Age: 8-10 | 25 people max | Free |
Monday 16 July 14:30-16:30 | St Brendan’s School Hall | Age: 12-14 | 25 people max | Free | Booking is required

Teenage Workshop: Writing Tropes in YA Fiction with Mary Watson
Tuesday 17 July 10.00am | Bantry Library Free | Age: 14-18 | 15 people max | Free | Booking is required

Teenage Reading: The Wren Hunt: Mary Watson
Tuesday 17 July 14.30pm | St Brendan’s School Hall | €6 | Age: 14+

Teenage Reading: I Am Thunder: Muhammad Khan
Wednesday 18 July 14.30pm | St Brendan’s School Hall | €6 | Age: 14+

Teenage Workshop: #IamIrish
Thursday 19 July 14.30-16.30pm | St Brendan’s School Hall | Free | Age: 14+ | 25 people max | Booking is required

A Reading & Writing Life
Friday 20 July 14:30 | St. Brendan's School Hall | €6 | Age: 14-18

More details can be found on our fesitval pages or by ringing the Festival Office at +353 (0) 27 52788.