Limerick Literary Festival returns for a 34th outing

Willow Byrne at the launch of the Limerick Literary Festival

Willow Byrne at the launch of the Limerick Literary Festival

A CELEBRATION of one of Limerick’s most famous writers will return later this month for its 34th year, giving audiences the chance to meet some of their favourite writers.

The Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien returns with the theme of this year’s festival Bridging the Gap. It takes place from February 22 to 25. 

On Thursday, February 22, poetry performances by Stanzas in response to Kate O'Brien's writing, will take place at Chez Le Fab, followed by an Open Mic event where participants can share poetry or short stories.

The festival will officially be opened by columnist Billy Keane on Friday, February 23 at 6pm in the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

On Saturday, February 24, Deirdre Sullivan, Kit de Waal, Fergal Keane, Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney and John MacKenna will also present a series of talks and readings about their work at the city gallery.

Later that day, Philip Barrett and Declan Shalvey, the creators of the acclaimed Limerick-based graphic novel Savage Town, will join together to discuss their work at Ormston House.

On Saturday night, Dolan’s will host An Evening of Readings and Conversations with Blindboy Boatclub and Kevin Barry in the Warehouse.  The Revolution will not be Spotified follows, a celebration of the power of protest music and performance featuring the best in live music from Limerick and beyond.

On Sunday, February 25, the authors of Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, will present a conversation about their book for the Keynote Lecture.

The Kate O’Brien Award 2018, will be presented afterwards to the best novel/short story collection by a debut Irish female writer.  

For more information and a full listing of events, see

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