The Crescent Arts Centre Belfast
The Crescent is home to Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival, the Belfast Book Festival. Featuring a unique, diverse and highly creative programme, each year the Festival caters for a wide range of interests and explores many topical themes.

We are delighted that the Belfast Book Festival for 2021 is running from the 10 - 13 June with a digital programme of live events for book lovers.

Visit for more information about this year's programme of events. 

Highlights of the festival include

  • BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac who will be in conversation with writer Wendy Erskine discussing her debut novel ‘Mother, Mother’ which is set in Belfast;
  • Ian McElhinney will be joining literary biographer Roy Foster to explore the work of Seamus Heaney;
  • Glenn Patterson will be chatting with author Conor O’Callaghan;
  • Author of the novel BrooklynColm Tóibín will be joined by Paul McVeigh to read from and discuss a new anthology of Irish ficiton Queer Love
  • Multi-award winning author and Belfast Book Festival patron Lucy Caldwell joins us to talk about her new collection of short stories 
  • Two of Northern Ireland's most respected political journalists Susan McKay and Amanda Ferguson come together to discuss Susan’s new book, ‘Northern Protestants: On Shifting Ground’;
  • and there will be a special recorded performance from the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics, Lemn Sissay, who also joins us for a second event where he will chatting with political commentator Alex Kane. 

Sonya Whitefield, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented;

"The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is hugely proud to support the Belfast Book Festival.  Despite the significant hurdles in programming a festival during a pandemic, the Belfast Book Festival has risen to the challenge and has gathered together the most wonderful collection of writers, poets, personalities and thinkers, for audiences to enjoy safely from home.  With something on offer to suit all tastes and ages, I would encourage everyone to join in online and celebrate the immense joy of books this June"


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