Ireland's biggest, annual, professional poetry festival celebrating Cork as a vibrant poetry scene with international connections. In 2013 more than thirty-five poets from ten countries are featured. The festival is produced by the Munster Literature Centre and is funded mainly by the Arts Council and Cork City Council.
Headlining acts include the distinguished American Carolyn Forch, Canadian poet Karen Solie, Irish poet Matthew Sweeney (whose new book will be launched at the Farmgate Cafe in the English Market). Inaugural Welsh national poet Gwyeneth Lewis heads a masterclass for experienced poets. American poet Eduardo C. Corrall presents Ireland's first ever gay-themed poetry workshop. Imram presents their Piaf-Brel Project, involving live music and poetry featuring the songs of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel translated into Irish and sung by Hilary Bow backed up by a band. Poets from England, Estonia, Israel, Malta, Slovenia and Sweden also feature.