The West Cork Literary Festival has announced the cancellation of this year’s festival.
The festival was due to take place in Bantry from July 10th to 17th.
Organisers of the festival had been monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely and made the decision upon the likelihood that restrictions on gatherings will remain for the foreseeable future.
After months of work in creating the 2020 programme, the safety of artists, audiences, and staff, was the most important priority for festival organisers.
The full list of writers who were due to appear at the festival will be published on the West Cork Literary Festival website and organisers are looking into ways in which they can present online options for audience members in the coming weeks.
Organisers have acknowledged the disappointing decision which had to be made and the loss of essential income for the writers who are at the heart of the festival.
A cancellation fee will be paid to all writers who were booked to appear at the festival.
The West Cork Literary Festival thanked the Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Creative Europe, Cork County Council, supporters, staff, and volunteers.
Organisers said they will work to ensure that the festival will bring a roster of Irish and International writers to Bantry for a celebration of the written word next year.