11 days of wonderful books at the Belfast Book Festival

11 days of wonderful books at the Belfast Book Festival

With 11 days of 100 live events and workshops, get ready to celebrate the wonderful world of books at the 7th Belfast Book Festival.


Running from the 7-17th June, this year’s festival features a unique, diverse and highly creative programme; catering for a wide range of interests and exploring many topical themes. Through authors, workshops, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and discussions festival-goers will be treated to the best international and local talent at the Crescent Arts Centre and partner venues across the city.

Key highlights for this year include; 

Renowned political scientist, activist, distinguished professor and prolific author Norman Finkelstein

Comedian and actress Sara Pascoe discusses her debut book Animal which explores the forces that mould and affect modern women

Spend a night with the stars of the international smash hit podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno which recently sold out Sydney Opera House

Author of the best-selling book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis De Bernieres talks about his latest novel Blue Dog

Spend a year in the life of mum, wife, blogger and bestselling author The Unmumsy Mum Sarah Turner

British author, journalist and political commentator Douglas Murray discusses his book The Strange Death of Europe

Stand-up comedian and author Luisa Omielan will question What Would Beyonce Do? 

Poet Kayo Chingonyi will read from his new collection Kumukanda in which issues of race, identity and masculinity are explored

Local actor and author Ciaran McMenamin discusses his debut novel Skintown which is already receiving rave reviews.

This year also sees the launch of the inaugural Mairtin Crawford Award. Aimed at poets working towards their first full collection, the winner will receive a 6-month mentorship, which will support the poet to grow artistically and develop professionally. The award has been organised in association with Moyra Donaldson and has received support from the Irish Writer’s Centre The book festival will also pay tribute to and celebrate the much missed poet at a special event during the festival.

Unsurprisingly the theme of Brexit and its associated issues around immigration and political uncertainly are present within the Festival. Guest authors and journalists include, Polly Toynbee, David Walker and Gary Younge. Feminist writers in both fiction and non-fiction feature this year, as well as discussions around related issues. A key highlight, in association with the Woman’s Equality Party Northern Ireland, is Catherine Mayer, who is a co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party and former editor at large of TIME magazine.

For the kids

The Belfast Book Festival, in partnership with Belfast City Council, invites families to discover the merry old land of Oz on 10th June at Lower Crescent Park 11am – 3pm. Featuring children’s authors storytelling, games, lots of entertainment and of course books – this jam packed family fun day is free to attend.

For further details on the Belfast Book Festival including the full festival programme visit www.belfastbookfestival.com or follow on facebook – Belfastbookfestival or twitter @belfastbookfest #belfastbook.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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