Sebastian Barry replaces Edna O’Brien in Limerick Literary Festival

Irish novelist, poet and playwright Sebastian Barry, who has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is coming to Limerick for the literary festival this weekend. Picture : Matt Kavanagh
TWO time Man Booker Prize nominee Sebastian Barry has been drafted in at the last minute to replace Edna O’Brien in the Limerick Literary Festival programme.

TWO time Man Booker Prize nominee Sebastian Barry has been drafted in at the last minute to replace Edna O’Brien in the Limerick Literary Festival programme.

Novelist and playwright O’Brien has been advised on receipt of medical advice that she is unable to travel to participate in this weekend’s festival, held in honour of author Kate O’Brien.

However, organisers of the long-running festival - re-styled this year as the Limerick Literary Festival - have confirmed that award winning novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry has been added to the line-up in Ms O’Brien’s absence.

The festival gets underway this Thursday evening and runs until Sunday, with a wide range of readings, lectures and panel discussions at both 69 O’Connell Street and the Lime Tree Theatre.

For more see www.limerickliteraryfestival.com.