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Launch Event: Belonging by Catherine Corless

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Cúirt International Festival of Literature is honoured to host the launch of Belonging, the long-awaited memoir from Catherine Corless.

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In partnership with Hachette Ireland, Kenny’s Bookshop and The Hardiman Hotel.

Cúirt International Festival of Literature is honoured to host the launch of Belonging, the long-awaited memoir from historian and advocate Catherine Corless. Catherine will be joined in conversation by journalist and author of Republic of Shame, Caelainn Hogan.

Belonging: A Memoir of Place, Beginnings and One Woman's Search for Truth and Justice for the Tuam Babies is the compelling narrative that explores Corless’ life and personal history and her journey as the historian who made the discovery that shocked the world at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in County Galway. At the age of 51, after enrolling in a local history evening course, Catherine Corless began to research the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, which she had passed on her way to school every day as a child. After a lengthy period of research, Corless uncovered a dark truth at the heart of the institution; a mass burial site for almost 800 babies located on the grounds of the home. With compassion and integrity, Corless has fought for over a decade to seek justice and restitution for the innumerable people impacted by the actions of those in power in these exploitative institutions. This work has been met with fierce resistance, but throughout Corless has been and remains a champion for the voices of those who made it out of the mother and baby homes and those whose testimony will never be heard.

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This is a pre-recorded digital event that will be livestreamed to audiences. Please note this event will be only available to ticket holders.

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This is a book and ticket event, and attendees can pre-order a copy of Belonging alongside their ticket to attend. Books are sold via Kenny’s Bookshop who ship worldwide and the following options are available:

€20 - Ticket, book and postage to Ireland

€21.50 - Ticket, book and postage to UK/Europe/World

€30 - Ticket, book and postage to US

Please be sure to fill out your shipping information when purchasing a book+ticket option.

A limited (50) number of ticket only tickets are available for those who have already pre-ordered the book but would still like to attend.

Belonging goes on sale 16th September 2021.

All book orders made before 16th September will be fulfilled from this date by Kenny’s Bookshop in advance of the event.

All orders after the 16th will be sent post event.

Subsidised Tickets:

We are committed to making our events accessible to those who face financial barriers and as such a very limited number of just 20 subsidised places are available for this event.

If you would like to avail of a subsidised place, please email info@cuirt.ie with the subject line ‘Catherine Corless Subsidised Ticketing’ to request a place. We ask people to please consider carefully before requesting a subsidised place as this may affect the ability of someone else to access the event.

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Cúirt International Festival of Literature is one of Europe’s oldest book festivals, and a leading voice for literature both internationally and across Ireland. Founded in 1985, the festival began as a celebration of poetry and has since grown to a week-long celebration of all forms of writing.

Cúirt bring readers and writers together to tell stories, share new perspectives, and to celebrate writing, books and reading in all forms. Through our festival every April and our year-round programme of engagement, we nurture a community of readers interested in the world, creating a space for conversation, debate and reflection.

The name Cúirt comes from the Irish, drawing on Ireland’s history of bardic poetry and oral storytelling.

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