Cork County’s Teen Literature Festival Returns

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Cork County Council’s Library and ArtsService has announced the return of its Teen Literature Festival for 2022. Taking place throughout November, events include the ‘One County One Book’ programme, online book discussions and creative writing workshops.

Over 1,500 secondary and Youthreach students have been offered the opportunity to partake in the ‘One County, One Book’ programme this year. Students will receive a copy of the featured book Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth, as well as the chance to meet the author either online or in person. 

Online book discussions and creative writing sessions will also be held with authors Louise O’Neill, Mary Watson and Sue Divin.  Students can meet the authors to discuss themes such as feminism, inclusion, diversity and managing friendships and relationships during the month of November.

Creative writing workshops will be offered by Graffiti Theatre Company, a Cyber Safety talk for students and an ‘Eat Smart@School’ online health talk with dietician Gillian McConnell.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins welcomed the return of the festival for 2022,

Libraries play a fundamental role in our communities as gateways to knowledge and culture. They help create many opportunities for our young people for learning and education and help shape future ideas. I would strongly encourage our young people to get involved and engage with this year’s Teen Literature Festival.

Events are being funded by Creative Ireland, Cork County Council Library’s LGBTQI literature programme, Words Will Change Worlds and Healthy Ireland. 

All books by authors involved in the Teen Literature Festival are available from Cork County Council branch and mobile libraries.  Contact details for libraries can be found at

There are limited spaces remaining for secondary schools.  Transition Year coordinators and teachers can contact for more information and to express an interest in attending.