Cúirt International Festival of Literature
The festival consists of a variety of events taking place over the course of a week each April with attendances and contributions from Irish and international authors. It includes readings of poetry and fiction, discussions, poetry slams, book launches, masterclasses, spoken and musical performances, multimedia events, theatre, and visual art. It was originally a poetry festival but its scope has broadened to include other forms.
The festival is sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta, National University of Ireland, Galway, the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Fáilte Ireland, and Foras na Gaeilge.
Cúirt New Writing Prize
The Cúirt New Writing Prize is awarded at the festival and the winners receive cash prizes of €500. The winners in 2012 were Kevin O'Shea for poetry and Eamon Kelly for fiction. The winners in 2013 were Caoilinn Hughes for three poems from her collection, Gathering Evidence ("Rational Dress", "Two Roundelets", and "Airbowing in Second Violins"), and Hugo Kelly for his short story, "There It Is". In 2014, the winners were Colm Scully, for poetry, and Philip Connor, for fiction, and each won €500. The Young Cúirt winner was Saffron Lily Gunwhy, who won €100.
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