CÚIRT INTERNATIONAL Festival Of Literature will become the first literary festival in the world to be a completely digital event, when it goes online later this month.
The festival has had to go online owing to coronavirus lockdown, with a number of its headline events now rescheduled for later in the year. However, in line with the resilience shown by artists throughout this crisis, the festival will be broadcast online, entirely free of charge, between Thursday April 23 and Saturday 25.
Bringing authors to audiences
Events include Jan Carson and Kevin Barry in conversation with Peggy Hughes; Eimear McBride with Edel Coffey; Sara Baume in conversation with Sinead Gleeson; Elaine Feeney [pictured above] in conversation with Lisa McInerney; as well as events with Roisín Kelly and Michael Gorman, Mary Costello and Alan McMonagle, Anne Enright, Owudinni Mustapha, and Carolyn Forché. All will be broadcast on the Cúirt YouTube channel: youtube.com/CuirtFestival
"Books are, to quote Stephen King, a uniquely portable magic and we’re lucky in this time of shutdown that the ideas, voices and conversations that make our festival special can still be brought to our audiences," said Cúirt festival director, Sasha de Buyl [pictured above]. "We have looked at how we can reshape a selection of our events into a digital format, spanning podcasts, video events, and social media activity, so audiences, no matter their preference, can engage with us."
While access to the broadcasts will be free, Cúirt is encouraging audiences to support the festival through donations. All events will be available to watch again after they have finished. All donations will go towards the payment of authors fees.
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