Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2013
We are delighted to announce the programme launch for the Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2013. The launch will be held in the House Hotel, Lower Merchants Road in the Latin Quarter, on the 12 March at 6pm. The festival will run from 23-28 April, and will feature readings, book launches, literary outings, theatre, and children’s events. This year Cúirt will officially open on Wednesday 24th April with President Michael D. Higgins. The opening night features poets Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley. Other programme highlights include a retrospective interview with Edna O’Brien centred on her memoir Country Girl, appearances by This Book Will Save Your Life author A.M. Homes, award winning American novelist Ron Rash, Irish author Claire Keegan, as well as a Random House crime panel and more. The festival will include a wide range of thematic talks and discussions with authors: Sheila Heti, Laurent Binet, Tishani Doshi, Lucy Caldwell, Keith Ridgway and Ben Marcus.
This year’s festival will also include a new EU cultural initiative: The Crossroads of European Literature. This project has Cúirt teaming up with literary festivals in Slovenia and Italy and will include writer residencies, a reading and a seminar event. Another exciting new addition to the festival is the Cúirt Labs, a conference for young people which will present a variety of activities and talks on the creative industry for primary school and secondary school students.
Full details of this years programme will be available online at: www.cuirt.ie from 12 March 2013.