Belfast Book Festival 2012

Festival director Hugh Odling-Smee on themes, big name writers and what to see come June 11

This year’s Belfast Book Festival returns with a mix of new writing, star performers, workshops, films, lectures, launches and discussion. 

As with last year, the key theme of the festival is creating a wide ranging focus for the energy that reading, writing and debating books creates. Our belief is that a book festival should reflect all readers, and be accessible to all.

The Belfast Book Festival 2012 features something for everyone: politics, culture, music, films, comedy, poetry, history and drama. For a second year the festival will bring everything about books to the city of Belfast.

Between June 11-18 (we added an extra day because there was so much to cram in) will showcase a variety of fiction and non-fiction, talks and readings, and even a selection of movies from Queen's Film Theatre.

Some of the events scheduled include a lecture from Dr Eamonn Hughes about the history of Belfast writing, talks about publishing, e-publishing and blogging, talks by authors Colm Toibin, Kate Fearon and Stuart Bailie.

There will also be book launches, including Barry Cassin's memoir I Never Had A Proper Job and Dublin writer Tony Clayton-Lea's 101 Irish Records (You Must Hear Before You Die), as well as readings by poets Martin Mooney, Moyra Donaldson and Gerald Dawe and blogger John Self.

These are only a few of the events planned for a literary festival that encompasses a wide range of genres, mediums and traditions. Want to know more? Check out the Belfast Book Festival website on Thursday, May 31, when the full programme will be published.

For more information contact the Belfast Book Festival team at the Crescent Arts Centre.