Connected – Maya Bauer

Westival Hub Old Dunnes Stores Building, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo

In her exhibit Connected, 23-year-old photographer Maya Bauer of Cleveland, Ohio explores turf cutting in Ireland. Her work celebrates country life, promotes conservation, and invites her audience to reflect on the tradition of turf cutting. Bauer welcomes dialogue between guests of all viewpoints and backgrounds in this space. Connected will run from October 20-25 in the Westival […]


Poetry Walkabout – Terry McDonagh

Becca's Bakery Peter StreetWestport,

Westival walkabout What to expect: Meet at Becca’s Bakery on Peter’s Street at 2.30pm for a roaming  open-mic afternoon with poet and dramatist, Terry McDonagh who will read poems connected to location and invite you to read as well. Bring a poem, a yarn or just yourself. We will visit, a bakery, a street corner, […]

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Fiction Writing and Other Horror Stories – Nuala O’Connor and Sophie White In Conversation.

Yoga Root, the Harbour Mill, The Quay, Westport The QuayWestport,

Tertulia Bookshop is delighted to introduce award winning authors Nuala O'Connor (Nora, Becoming Bell, Miss Emily) and Sophie White (Corpsing - My Body and Other Horror Shows, Unfiltered, Filter This). Spend the evening in our company, where we will be talking all things fiction. Tertulia, a bookshop like no other! is a magical place located […]

Westival Presents an Evening of Poetry with Special Guests.

Clew Bay Hotel James StreetWestport,

Westival presents an Evening of Poetry  Join us for a special evening of poetry where we celebrate the work of poets from Westport and across Ireland. Those winning poems from the Westival 2020 Poetry Competition will have their long-awaited public readings. There will be a few surprise guests who will add to a very special […]


Colm Tóibín & Damon Galgut

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Two of the greatest novelists in the English language talk about their highly-anticipated new novels. Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland’s best-loved writers. His new novel The Magician is a spiritual successor to his Booker-shortlisted 2004 novel The Master, about Henry James. The Magician tells the story of the 20th century through the life of […]

Yarns For Youngsters

West Coast Rare Book Shop James StreetWestport,

Yarns for Youngsters The ever-popular Westival ‘Yarns for Youngsters’ this year gets the Roald Dahl treatment. Our reader will entertain and thrill our littlest festival enthusiasts with some of the classic Revolting Rhymes from this 1982 classic!   No nursery rhyme is quite as it seems when Roald Dahl has re-written it. Hungry wolves would be advised […]


The Little Prince on Planet Earth – Children’s Creative Workshop.

Quay Community Centre The Quay, Cloonmonad,, Westport, Co. Mayo

The Little Prince is a novella by french aviator and writer Antoine de Saint -Exupéry. This well loved children's book, first published in 1943, has sold over 140 million copies. The story follows a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth, and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Come join […]

Dominique Barbéris & Gaëlle Josse – (In association with Institut Francais)

Virtual Event Virtual Event

We are delighted to be bringing to BIAF, for a second year, a special event showcasing two established names in France who are publishing in English translation for the first time. Dominique Barbéris’s novel A Sunday in the Ville-d’Avray is a story of sisters, suburbia and secrets, where two siblings coming together on a hot […]

Lucy Caldwell & Jan Carson

Hewetson Bros Bar 19 Bridge StreetWestport,

Two of Belfast’s best-loved writers return to BIAF to discuss the art of the short story. Lucy Caldwell’s new collection Intimacies: More Stories follows her much-lauded last collection of stories Multitudes, and affirms her status as one of our finest practitioners of short fiction. It explores the challenges faced by young women today, from the […]

Maya Bauer – ‘Connected’ Photography Exhibition Launch & Open-Mic Singing & Storytelling Event

McGings Bar High Street Westport High StreetWestport,

This is a special launch of Maya Bauer's wonderful photographic exhibition in McGings at 5.00pm on Sunday 24th October. This cosy fireside session will encourage folk to share their own stories, songs and memories from the bog as part of an open-mic singing & storytelling event. Andrew Lawlor and John Downing will also be performing at […]

Séamas O’Reilly & Lucy Mangan

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Two striking takes on family life, told with humour and affection. Séamas O’Reilly’s Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is a memoir about how the author and his ten siblings - not forgetting their father - survived following the death of their mother when Séamas was five, all set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland in […]


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