Limerick Literary festival returns to honour Kate O'Brien for 34th year

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Willow Byrne, Ballinacurra, at the launch of the the Limerick Literary Festival in O'Mahonys Booksellers - below, Valerie Dolan, Carlan Wood, Jennifer Moroney Ward and Tara Robinson

Willow Byrne, Ballinacurra, at the launch of the the Limerick Literary Festival in O'Mahonys Booksellers - below, Valerie Dolan, Carlan Wood, Jennifer Moroney Ward and Tara Robinson

A LITERARY festival celebrating the life of one of Limerick’s most famous writers will return to the city in February.

The Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien is back for a 34th year, and will take place between Thursday, February 22 and Sunday, February 25 next.

It continues to honour the life and works of the celebrated Limerick author, while attracting participants from all over the world.

On top of this, it continues to provide a platform where readers can meet their favourite authors and other readers.

This year the official opening will be launched by Billy Keane at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, with a Recital by Martha O’Brien to follow.

The weekend will also see lectures by Kevin Barry, Fergal Keane, Lisa McInerney, Kit de Waal and Jana van der Ziel.

Popular events return such as the Kate O’Brien Lecture and Desert Island Books.

Meanwhile, new events include an evening with the poetry group Stanzas at Chez Le Fab in Arthur’s Quay Park, a graphic novel event at Ormston House in Patrick Street, plus workshops from writers Sarah Moore, Dan Mooney and Donal Ryan at Narrative Four.

Dolan's at the Dock Road will also hold an event entitled ‘The Revolution will not be Spotified’, while the festival will also attract contributors such as Blindboy Boatclub and Kevin Barry.

More information on the festival at 085-1207416 or www.limerickliteraryfestival.com.