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Mairtín Crawford Awards 2021:

We are delighted to announce that the Mairtin Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story is back for 2021. 

Ahead of the submission window closing on the 2nd May 2021, join our judges on Saturday 27th March for free workshops on preparing work for submission. To book your place, click here; Belfastbookfestival.com/workshops

 To read more about the Awards and how to submit your work click here. 

Plus we will soon be sharing exciting plans for the Belfast Book Festival 2021.

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December 2020:

Dublin Book Festival 

Last December we were 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 to listen to this podcast.

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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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