The Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) has announced the upcoming Digital Literary Festival – a celebration of contemporary Irish writing, which will form the centrepiece of its autumn cultural programme. The festival will showcase some of the stalwarts of Irish literature, the writers behind many prize-winning works, alongside more recent bestselling authors. The ICC Digital Literary Festival will begin on Sunday, 15th November and will run for five weeks.
These ten writers will discuss their recent works, in conversation with the following interviewers: writer and broadcaster Dr Carlo Gébler, writer and publisher Dermot Bolger, London-based journalist Anne Flaherty, and Oxford-based academic Dr Keith Hopper. The events will be streamed as ten individual author events, as well as a final panel discussion that will consider the authors and their works, and reflect on the themes and concerns raised by the interviews.
“From discussions about a novel dealing with the Middle East, to another about post-Troubles Northern Ireland, to conversations about literary crime, historical fiction, and three very different collections of short stories, these entertaining, stimulating and thought-provoking interviews reflect the lively and varied quality of contemporary Irish writing.” Enthused Dr Anne Goudsmit, a member of the ICC Board.
The ICC Digital Literary Festival will be broadcast on ICC Digital, the online platform that was created by the Irish Cultural Centre specially this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The platform enjoys an international audience and has quickly become a global hub for Irish culture and arts.
The ICC Digital Literary Festival will be available to view online here: www.irishculturalcentre.co.uk/literaryfestival2020
All broadcasts will be available to the public free of charge. However, donations will be invited to help support the ICC’s ongoing cultural programme and educational activities.