Literature Programme

Our Literature programme features interviews with renowned and emerging authors and celebrates diverse forms of contemporary Irish writing.

Please see below for more details about recent and upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Ruairí McKiernan discusses his book ‘Hitching For Hope’

The ICC is liaising with the Libraries Development Unit, part of Local Government Strategy, Research and Communication in Ireland in their current literary campaign to encourage reading for pleasure, escape, mental stimulation and wellbeing during Covid-19 and beyond.  This campaign is part of the ‘Keep Well’ programme, a cross-government initiative that encourages those involved in creativity, the arts or businesses to find ways to support and help us to mind our  physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The ‘Ireland Reads’ campaign runs from 4-25 February 2021.  The dedicated website - https://www.irelandreads.ie/ -  will provide information on how you can sign up to pledge to read on 25th February.

Our first contribution to this literary campaign will be an interview with Ruairí McKiernan. Ruairí is an award-winning social innovator, charity founder, bestselling author, speaker and former Presidential appointee to the Council of State. His debut book Hitching for Hope - A Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ireland was released in 2020 and became a number 1 bestseller.

Peter Cunningham in conversation with Anne Flaherty

The ICC’s second contribution to ‘Ireland Reads’ will be an interview with Peter Cunningham.  Peter is an award-winning novelist, best known for his novel, The Taoiseach, which was a controversial best seller in 2003.  He has also written a number of critically acclaimed historical novels, including The Sea and The Silence which won the prestigious Prix de l’Europe in 2013. In 2017 Peter was a nominee for the Laureate for Irish Fiction. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of arts and letters.


Recent Events

The ICC Digital Literary Festival

The ICC Digital Literary Festival comprised ten interviews with Irish authors, culminating in a panel discussion featuring our interviewers. The recorded interviews were transmitted by ICC Digital in November and December 2020. They remain available to view free of charge on the Irish Cultural Centre website and YouTube channel. The interviews have also been made available in podcast form.