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Cobh Readers and Writers Festival Picks

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This weekend sees the Cobh Readers and Writers Festival takes place, so we’ve picked out some the events you might want to take look at. Along with walks and readings the organisers also say “there will be secondhand, antiquarian and new book dealers from across Britain and Ireland filling every available space for the weekend”. This, along with lots of music and the possibility of good weather, make Cobh look like a nice spot to go to this weekend.

From the obvious Titanic link to talks on brewing and wolves, there really is a broad range of events on, but we’ve picked just a few for you to think about.

 Saturday 14th

Titanic –  An Introduction – This looks like a great event for the young historian or reader in your family. On at 11am in the Maritime Museum, Dr Michael Martin will be giving a talk all about the ill-fated liner and of course its connections with the area.

And if you’re free later, Michael will be conducting a Horrible History of Cobh walking tour, leaving the Library at 2pm. Cost – €3.50 and places are limited so you need to book.

Wolves in Ireland – not your average book festival topic, but it looks like a good one. On Saturday a 4pm, Kieran Hickey will talk about his recent research and book on Wolves in Ireland.

The Wind that Shakes the Barley – On Saturday night, East Cork Cinema will present a film night showing the film, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, with talk from Dr Donal O’Drisceoil, historical advisor on Jimmy’s Hall and on The Wind that Shakes the Barley itself.

Sunday 15th
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Cobh History – On Sunday at 11am, the Maritime Museum hosts Anne Mc Sweeney’s talk on the history of Cobh and Cork Harbour. Anne self-published  The Tips of Her Toes in the Ocean  with Selfpublishbooks in 2014, so we know this is going to to be good!

Beer and Books – At 2pm Diarmuid O’ Drisceoil will talk on his research and recent book on The History of Brewing in Cork. This event in the Maritime Museum, might just whet your appetite for later in the day.

City of Fate – Also on at 2pm, Spirit of the Titanic author, Nicola Pierce will discuss the writing and the research behind her second historical novel – City of Fate – which is about the most important battle of World War II. She will use photographs to tell the story behind the story of her book. This event will take place in the Library.

Throughout the weekend there will be a whole host of talks and events, from Ireland and the Black Death to a walking tour of the Titanic Trail. Music will play a big part too with John Spillane among others, taking to the bandstand for an open air gig.  For more details just contact Cobh Library or visit the festival facebook page.

If you are thinking of getting your writing into print, contact us at any stage to discuss your work. In the meantime, have a great weekend in Cobh!

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