Cork City

Services and Programmes

WBF09 logoThe Year of the Constant Reader continued in April with the Cork World Book Fest 2009, presented by Cork City Libraries and the Triskel Arts Centre. The theme of the month was love and the Catalan celebration of books and roses. To celebrate this and the Cork World Book Fest, Cork City Libraries gave away 1,000 roses during April. 

The festival ran from Wednesday through to Saturday in venues at the Central Library, Triskel Arts Centre, the Grand Parade and Bishop Lucey Park. 

The programme kicked off on Wednesday, 22 April in Central Library, with poets Dermot Bolger, Thomas McCarthy and singer-songwriters Noel Shine & Mary Greene remembering their times working on mobile library services.

Events continued on Thursday with free poetry readings with Dublin-born Rody Gorman, author of 12 collections written in Irish, Scottish Gaelic and English and Donegal born Moya Cannon, author of Carrying the Songs.

Stéphane Heuet, a master of French graphic novels, was a special guest of the Fest, and he gave workshops to teenagers. There were events for teenagers Friday, including the launch of The Unfinished Book and the launch of an audio CD. Friday culminated with readings from Claire Kilroy and Gerry Stembridge, two of the new-generation of Irish authors.

The festivities continued on Saturday 25 April with food markets, music and fun from 11a.m. in City Library, Grand Parade, Bishop Lucey Park and Triskel. Tony Sala and Amanda Brunker were the guest writers on the Saturday night, and the evening continued with music from Áine Whelan and Sara Corkery.

For photographs from World Book Fest visit our Picture Gallery.