Despite the cancellation of the Belfast Book Festival 2020 due to Covid-19, we were delighted that we were able to continue to run the Mairtín Crawford Awards 2020, and in addition to this, we partnered with the Big Book Weekend and the Dublin Book Festival to bring you some great events for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home.


December 2020:

Dublin Book Festival 

This December we are delighted to be partnering with the Dublin Book Festival to bring to you an exciting event featuring three short-story writers. Join Belfast Book Festival Patron, Lucy Caldwell in conversation with two stellar short story writers, Lucy Sweeney Byrne and Yan Ge.

Click here for more information about this event and to register your spot. 


June 2020:

Mairtín Crawford Awards

Although the 10th Belfast Book Festival did not take place in June we were delighted to continue to run the Mairtín Crawford Awards.

CEO of The Crescent, Sophie Hayles said, “Despite all the challenges which the lockdown has presented us with - both personally and professionally - we were determined to continue to host the Mairtín Crawford Awards this year. Arts and culture have played a central role in helping many people navigate the lockdown period and the quality and variety of entries to this year’s Awards were a real tribute to what artists can produce under challenging circumstances.”  

The winners of the Awards were announced in June 2020. Click here to read more about the winners of the Awards along with their winning work. 


May 2020:

Big Book Weekend

Despite the cancellation of the Festival in 2020, we were delighted that our Festival Patrons - Lucy Caldwell, Paul Muldoon and Glenn Patterson - along with host broadcaster Marie-Louise Muir, had the opportunity to take part in the Big Book Weekend 8 - 10 May. Co-founded by authors Kit De Waal and Molly Flatt, the Big Book Weekend was a 3-day virtual festival that brought together the best of British book Festivals that were cancelled due to coronavirus and was supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

Click here to watch the video and listen as three talented writers from Northern Ireland chat about their work and their best books of the year. 

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