Cúirt’s essentials at the Galway International Literature Festival

Cúirt Program Director Sasha de Buyl picks 5 must-see events from this year’s program for the Galway International Literature Festival, which runs from 4-10 April 2022.


Cúirt is with us again! And for the first time in what feels like a lifetime, we will be welcoming authors and the public to the streets and venues of Galway. The famous Cúirt pencils will soon be touring the city and from Monday 4th April there will be a packed program of events waiting for you, whether you are a Galway local or tune in from afar.

For those who have enjoyed our live-streamed events over the past two years, you’re in luck – over the course of the week, nearly half of our events will be available online. However, you will definitely need a ticket to access these events, so be sure to register if you plan to come.

Don’t miss the big ones including Olivia Laing, Claudia Rankine, Shon Faye and Will McPhail among our hybrid events.

The Cúirt team have banged together to pick out a few festival highlights for people who might be struggling to choose between all the things we have in store this year!

Ruman Alam

Rumaan Alam: leave the world behind

Thursday, April 7 at 8:30 p.m.

This quietly powerful book has garnered attention since its publication last year. Captivating, strange and undeniable, leave the world behind perfectly captures the impending terror of our contemporary world. An upcoming Netflix adaptation starring Mahershala Ali and Julia Roberts, this is the book you’ll want to read before it hits the small screen!

Lucy Foley

The Paris Apartment: Lucy Foley in Conversation

Friday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m.

International bestseller Lucy Foley returns to her Galway roots with her first-ever visit to the Cúirt Festival. His novel The hunting party seduced readers and she is back with one of the most anticipated thrillers of the year, The Parisian apartment. Set in the eponymous mansion, our protagonist Jess has gone to live with her half-brother Ben while she recovers from a job that ended in unpleasant circumstances. But Ben is nowhere to be found and his neighbors seem to know more than they are letting on… Lucy will be in conversation with the novelist Edel Coffey.

Raymond Antrobus and Roger Robinson

The sound of paradise: Raymond Antrobus and Roger Robinson

Saturday April 9 at 8:30 p.m.

Electrifying live poetry has always been the backbone of the festival and joining us this year are two of the finest poets working in Britain today. Roger Robinson’s harrowing and lyrical A Portable Paradise won him the TS Eliot Award in 2019 and hearing these poems performed live is an experience not to be missed. Raymond Antrobus’ vital writings on family, race and disability make for a gripping performance event! With the talents and experiences of Antrobus and Robinson, this is a scintillating event for seasoned poetry lovers and new readers alike. This event will also have an ISL interpretation.

Heroes and Villages: AK Blakemore and Jan Carson

Wednesday, April 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Two years after his last appearance at Cúirt went digital, Jan Carson is back in full force to talk about his latest book, The Raptures. Sharing the stage with AK Blakemore, the award-winning writer Desmond Elliott of Manningtree Witchesthey’re joined by Rick O’Shea for what promises to be a brilliant conversation about faith, superstition and the danger of bigoted thinking.

(Clockwise) Ellen Clifford, Bulelani Mfaco and Amelia Horgan

The Boom Gone Bust: Dismantling Capitalism

Saturday, April 9 @ 2:00 p.m.

In a world of rising energy prices, inflation and impossible rents, is capitalism really working for us, or are we working for it? This event featuring the views of academics and researchers, including Amelia Horgan, author of lost at workBulelani Mfaco and Ellen Clifford, author of The War on People with Disabilities takes a candid look at how capitalism has shaped and distorted our world, and how we might imagine an alternative.

Beyond these, there is so much more for book lovers to discover in Galway this festival. From comics to poetry, non-fiction to adaptations, there’s something for everyone at Cúirt this year.

See you next week!

The Cúirt International Literature Festival takes place in person and online from April 4-10, 2022 – find out more about this year’s program here.

Darcy J. Skinner