Cúírt announces headline guests

Bernard MacLaverty.
Bernard MacLaverty.

Irish novelist Bernard MacLaverty, who won the Novel of the Year award at this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Awards for his latest book, Midwinter Break, will be among the highlights of next year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature, which will run from April 23-29 in Galway City.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, Jorie Graham, will also take part, reading from her latest collection, Fast. Graham was the first woman to be appointed Boylston Professor at Harvard when she succeeded Seamus Heaney in the position.

Her fellow American, the novelist and short story writer, Daniel Woodrell, will read from his collection of ‘country noir’ novels. These critically acclaimed novels, Winter’s Bone, Tomato Red and Woe to Live On, have all been adapted for screen. Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate, Sinead Morrissey, will present poems from her Forward prize-winning collection, On Balance, at Cúirt. Pakistani-born British poet and artist, Imtiaz Dharker, will read from her latest poetry collection Luck is the Hook, which will be published next March.  Dharker is an award-winning poet and an accomplished artist. She illustrates her own collections, with her drawings forming an integral part of her books. An exhibition of her art will be on display during Cúirt.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.