West Cork Literary Festival 2022 – Sold Out
Join us for this special trip to Whiddy Island with West Cork author Sara Baume to hear all about her new novel ‘Seven Steeples’. Sara will be in conversation with fellow West Cork writer Elizabeth Rose Murray.
Sara Baume’s previous work includes novels Spill Simmer Falter Wither and A Line Made by Walking, and her 2020 bestselling non-fiction debut, handiwork. Her writing has won the Davy Byrne’s Short Story Award, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize, an Irish Book Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize in 2020 and being nominated for countless others including the Costa and the Dublin Literary Award. She was a participant in the International Writing Program run by the University of Iowa, and has received a Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Sara grew up in East Cork and now lives in West Cork. Her new novel Seven Steeples was published by Tramp Press in April 2022.
About Seven Steeples
The mountain remained, unclimbed, for the first year that they lived there.
Seven Steeples her third novel is the story of Bell and Sigh, a couple in the infancy of their relationship, who cut themselves off from friends and family. Them in and the world out. From the top of the nearby mountain, they are told, you can see seven standing stones, seven schools, and seven steeples. All you have to do is climb. Taking place in a remote house in the south-west of Ireland, this rich and vivid novel spans seven years and speaks to the times we live in, asking how we may withdraw, how better to live in the natural world, and how the choices made or avoided lead us home.
About Elizabeth Rose Murray
Elizabeth Rose Murray writes novels for children and young adults and short fiction. Her books include The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (2016 Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read for Children), The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy 2 (shortlisted 2016 Irish Book Awards and 2016 Irish Literacy Association Award), The Book of Revenge – Nine Lives Trilogy 3 (Feb 2018) and Caramel Hearts (May 2016).
The ferry will leave Bantry Pier for Whiddy Island at 2.30pm sharp and will depart from Whiddy at 4.45pm. The price of the return ferry is included in the event ticket.