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Crosstown Drift

The Good Room in partnership with The River Lee Hotel and Nano Nagle Place

Crosstown Drift


Various times


Various venues

Additional Info

Walking tour - Free
Other events - Various prices

Full schedule coming soon!

A trail of tales and tunes across the streets of Cork and beyond. This year over two days we drift across the city hearing some of Ireland's finest writers, poets, raconteurs and musicians in interesting and unusual locations. The walking tour commences on Saturday at 1pm and traverses the city over a four-hour period. That evening join us at the Farmgate restaurant in the English market for an evening of readings and song.

On Sunday, hop on our double decker bus as we venture from the city centre to undisclosed locations. At 5pm come along to the newly re-opened Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street and join in poetry, words and music. The finale takes place on Sunday evening at the River Lee Hotel with a multi-room spectacular.

Kevin Barry, Sara Baume, Lisa McInerney, Conal Creedon, Sally Rooney, Rory Gleeson, Sarah Griffin, Alan McMonagle, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Thomas Morris, Eimear Ryan, Sinéad Gleeson, Billy O'Callaghan, Ó Bhéal presents plus more to be announced.

Saturday, 24 June
Walking Tour: Meet at 12.45pm at Henchy’s Bar, St Luke’s Cross - Free but ticketed (available here)

Join us on a free trail as we traverse the city on foot, from the leafy heights of the northside through the city to  Elizabeth Fort on the southside .The first reading takes place at 1pm at  Griffith College on Wellington Road. At 2pm we meander down wellington road to the architectural award-winning St Angela’s College for readings against a background of incredible city views. Then at 3pm  it’s on to the newly renovated Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street for some readings in the walled gardens. Finally we end up on the ramparts of Elizabeth Fort off Barrack Street for the final readings at 4pm.

1pm: Griffith College - Mary Morrissy and Billy O'Callaghan
2pm: St Angela’s - Cónal Creedon and Doireann Ni Ghriofa
3pm: Nano Nagle Place - Denis P. O'Neill and Danny Denton
4pm: Elizabeth Fort - Thomas Morris and Rory Gleeson

The Farmgate at the English Market, 7pm- 9.30pm - €45 (tickets available here)

Join us at the Farmgate for an evening of readings, songs, music and merriment from 7pm to 9.30pm, hosted by Sinéad Gleeson. Conal Creedon, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Eimear Ryan and Gerry Murphy will be reading during the course of the evening. Music is provided by Cork’s own folk troubadour Ger Wolfe and Landless who sing unaccompanied traditional songs in four-part female harmony. Ticket price includes prosecco cocktail on arrival, main course and tea or coffee. (*Any extra items ordered from the menu are additional to the ticket price.)

Sunday, June 25
Mystery Bus Tour: Meet at 12.30pm - outside Cork City Library, Grand Parade - €20 (tickets available here)

Sunday afternoon hop aboard our double decker bus as we drift around the city with readings from eight writers in four secret destinations. We can’t tell you the locations but we will cross the Lee moving from the northside through the island and onto the southern side of the city. We can tell you that you can hear readings from Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney, Sarah Griffin, Alan McMonagle, Gerry Murphy, Sally Rooney, Sinead Gleeson, Sara Baume and Rory Gleeson.The tour will finish dropping off folks at the Grand parade at 5pm

Nano Nagle Place: 5pm-7pm - Free but ticketed (available here)

Explore the grounds of the newly re-opened Nano Nagle Place on Sunday evening for this free event as Ó Bhéal presents poets Cal Doyle, Mary O'Connell, Jennifer Matthews, Benjamin Burns, Julie Goo, Afric McGlinchey, Rosalin Blue and Michael Ray. Paul Casey will host the event. Joining them in another area of the gardens will be the Gab Storytelling featuring Sharon O'Neill, Paddy O'Brien and Pat Speight. Deirdre O'Mahony will be Bean a Tí (MC). Music comes from Crosshaven acoustic duo Rianóir.

River Lee Hotel: 8.30pm - €15 (full details and tickets available here)

Crosstown Drift concludes with a multi-room extravaganza for the final event at the River Lee Hotel on Western Road. A fabulous finale of music, readings, rhyming, conversation and more. We have programmed over two hours of events with readings from Kevin Barry, Sarah Griffin, Sinead Gleeson, Sara Baume, Billy O’Callaghan,Rory Gleeson and Sally Rooney. Eoghan O’Sullivan (Irish Examiner) hosts a Q&A with literary magazine editors Eimear Ryan (Banshee), Marc O’Connell (Penny Dreadful) and Thomas Morris (contributing editor of Stinging Fly). There will be a showcase of new Cork writing featuring Rachel Andrews, Danny Denton, and Catherine Kirwan,  DJ supremo Stevie G will host Spitting Rhymes, a collection of MCs and beat-poets throwing rhymes, lines and kickin’ lyrical geometry. Oh, and then there’s the Swearathon hosted by Lisa McInerney, with Alan McMonagle, Rory Gleeson, Gerry Murphy and more.