Cúirt International Festival of Literature

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The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual literature festival held since 1985 in Galway in Ireland. The Irish language word cúirt means "court".[1][2][3]

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.[4] It was originally a poetry festival but its scope has broadened to include other forms.[2][5]

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.[6]

The 2011 event was held from 12–17 April,[7] and in 2012 from 23–29 April.[8] The 2013 festival was held on 23–28 April,[9] and in 2014 from 8–13 April.[10]

Cúirt New Writing Prize[edit]

The Cúirt New Writing Prize is awarded at the festival and the winners receive cash prizes of €500.[11] The winners in 2012 were Kevin O'Shea for poetry and Eamon Kelly for fiction.[12] 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".[13] 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.[14]


  1. ^ "Cúirt". Focail.ie. Retrieved: 2012-05-03.
  2. ^ a b "Does Cúirt need to go back to the books?". Irish Times, 2012-05-01.
  3. ^ "'Banquet of reading' planned for Cúirt festival's 25th year". Irish Times, 2010-03-03.
  4. ^ "Cúirt festival line-up set for April". Irish Times, 2012-03-14.
  5. ^ "Cúirting with words and poetry". Irish Times, 2012-04-25.
  6. ^ "Funding Partners" Archived 2012-09-07 at Archive.is. Cúirt. Retrieved: 2012-05-03.
  7. ^ "Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2012 Brochure"[permanent dead link] (PDF). Cúirt. Retrieved: 2012-05-03.
  8. ^ "Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2012 Programme"[permanent dead link] (PDF). Cúirt. Retrieved: 2012-05-03.
  9. ^ Official website home page Retrieved: 2013-03-16.
  10. ^ Cúirt Programme Cúirt, 2014. Retrieved: 2014-04-13.
  11. ^ "Cúirt New Writing Prize Winners" Archived 2012-07-23 at Archive.is. Cúirt. Retrieved: 2012-05-03.
  12. ^ Cúirt New Writing Prize winners announced Galway Advertiser, 2012-04-05.
  13. ^ Cúirt New Writing Prize Winners 2013[permanent dead link] Cúirt. Retrieved: 2013-05-18.
  14. ^ New Writers Prize 2014 Archived 2014-04-13 at Archive.is Cúirt, 2014. Retrieved: 2014-04-13.

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