Running from 4th to 10th April 2022, this year’s Cuirt festival promises its usual illuminating, interactive & innovative presentation of the very best in contemporary literature. For nearly 40 years the community of Galway has come together with visiting writers to create a unique festival. This year’s theme is ‘At The Intersections’ looking at life and writing as we intersect between the last 2 years and continuing world events.


This year, Cúirt is committed to making sure as many people as possible are able to enjoy the festival, and will be introducing a ‘Pay What You Can’ model for all in-person events Events will be offered at four price tiers – €5, €10, €15 and €20 – and when buying a ticket, audiences can simply pick the amount that they can best afford. The festival still relies on box office income for vital support, however it is hoped this model will give a greater number of people the flexibility to attend the festival!



Cúirt Director, Sasha de Buyl, said of the programme:

We are extremely excited to welcome audiences back to Cúirt and to the venues, bookshops, pubs and streets of Galway in 2022.

For the past two years, books and words have been a source of connection, comfort and escape for many of us. Though we may all come to a book from vastly different starting points, the shared experience of reading brings us closer together.

This year’s programme draws on the rich seam of stories and talent to be found at the intersections of our contemporary world. As such, this point of both connection and difference – ‘At the Intersections’ – will serve as a theme for the festival. We hope that Cúirt in 2022 can bring some much needed joy and conversation back to Galway. It’s an excellent reason to (finally) leave the house.’


Workshops, readings, discussions, launches, conversations on craft, careers in writing, international authors, events as Gaeilge, poetry trails, in person and online events will lead audiences this year to Galway City. Cúirt is unmatched in its diverse range from Poetry to interpreting text through music, Prose to Discussions with a large cast of Irish &  International writers.


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