THE ADDRESS by Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney during the upcoming Kate Oâ€™Brien literary festival has had to move to a larger venue, after tickets to attend the event sold out shortly after it was announced.
The 28th Kate Oâ€™Brien weekend, in memory of the eminent writer who lived on Mulgrave Street, will run for three days from Friday, February 24.
Nobel Prize winning poet Heaney was due to read a selection of his work in the Belltable Arts Centre on Sunday, February 26, at 12 noon. However, he will now read in the new 500-seater Lime Tree theatre in Mary Immaculate College, organiser and city council arts officer Sheila Deegan has confirmed.
Ms Deegan said the organisers of the annual Kate Oâ€™Brien weekend were taken aback when all 220 tickets to attend this recital sold out shortly after details of the festival were announced.
However, at least another 250 tickets will now become available for the public to purchase.
â€œSeamus Heaney certainly is a big draw. Heâ€™s such an important voice in the Irish cultural landscape, not just as a poet but in many other ways. This gift he has of grace and language and humanity is something that people want to hear, especially in these times. But all the writers that are coming to the festival have their own particular appeal,â€ she said.
Fans of the authorâ€™s work, which date back to the 1930s and 40s, are set to travel from far and wide again this year for Limerickâ€™s eminent literature festival. â€œWe have a cohort of followers that come every year, and we really couldnâ€™t run it without them. Every year theyâ€™re delighted and surprised and give us feedback, saying â€˜It keeps getting better every yearâ€™. Itâ€™s a lovely weekend; people like talking about literature and meeting people in a non-threatening way,â€ she said.
The Kate Oâ€™Brien weekend is funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City Council.
See www.kateobrienweekend.com for full listings of all events.