Cúirt International Literature Festival is set to take place tomorrow the 23rd of April and this year they have a new addition to the festival. Cúirt Cois Fharraige has been added to the Festival meaning Irish events will be ran throughout the week.
Cúirt International Literature Festival was first founded in Galway in 1985 and it is now one of the oldest and most recognised literature festival throughout Europe.
One of the main aims of the festival is to celebrate and to shine a spotlight on the national and international literary talent, as well as to promote the written word in poetry and literary fiction, and more recently, in non-fiction and genre writing.
This year Cúirt in association with Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools is delighted to present ‘Cúirt Cois Fharraige’.
A certain amount of events throughout the Cúirt Festival will take place in Irish to support contemporary writing by local Gaeltacht writers and to foster writing skills in young Irish-language authors of the future.
A Lunch Time Read will take place in Inis Oírr tomorrow, the 23rd April with the authors Jackie Mac Donncha and Dara Ó Conaola.
More information can be found about this event from Áras Éanna @ 099 – 755150
On Friday the 27th April, Áine Durkin and Paddy Mheme Ó Súilleabháin will be reading Poetry in Rossaveal.
Áine Durkin who has been living in Inishowen since 1980 is a native of Connemara. She writes poetry and songs as well as being a blogger. She won a literary prize at the Oireachtas na Samhna in 2010 for her blog Mise Aine.
Her song ‘Le Do Thaobh’ won the National Singing Competition at the Pan Celtic Festival in 2013 and her song ‘Féile na Nollag’ won a singing competition that had been organised by Ros na Rún/Raidió na Gaeltachta.
Paddy Mhéime Ó Súilleabháin was born in Loughaconeera in 1944. He has since acclaimed fame for his poetry which has been published in multiple magazines. He has been presented with prizes at festivals in Connemara, at Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Oireachtas Canada.
His first accumulation of poetry, Fuaim na Gaoithe Aniar, has also been published by Coiscéim.
As part of Cúirt Cois Fharraige three sessions on the craft of writing in the classrooms will also be held in the Aran Islands with Darach Mac an Iomaire, Réaltán Ní Leannáin and Jackie Mac Donnacha.
For more information on events happening throughout the week with Cúirt you can see them here or you can visit www.cúirt.ie to see a full list of all the events.