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Kate O'Brien

Limerick Literary Festival 2018 in honour of Kate O'Brien

23, 24 & 25 February 2018
Limerick City Gallery of Art & other Limerick Venues

The Festival, formerly known as Kate O'Brien Weekend, is this year celebrating its 34th edition. The event continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author, while attracting prominent participants from all over the world. Building on this significant history, the Limerick Literary Festival seeks to promote Limerick nationally as a place of literary excellence and to provide a platform where readers can meet their favourite authors and other readers.

The Festival will officially be opened on Friday, February 23rd at 6pm in Limerick City Gallery of Art in Pery Square by Billy Keane.

It will be followed by As Music and Splendour recital with Mezzo-Soprano Martha O’Brien.


The weekend will also see lectures by Kevin BarryFergal KeaneLisa McInerneyKit de Waal and Jana Fischerova among others. Popular events return such as the Kate O’Brien Lectureand Desert Island Books.

Meanwhile, new events include an evening with the poetry group Stanzas, a graphic novel event featuring Philip Barrett and Declan Shalvey at Ormston House Cultural Resource Centre, and workshops from writers Sarah Moore and Dan Mooney at Narrative 4Dolan's will host an event "Blindboy Boatclub and Kevin Barry" in Dolans Warehouse followed by The Revolution will not be Spotified, which promises to be an amazing night celebrating the power of protest music and performance featuring the finest live musical taken from Limerick and beyond.


Programme for weekend   Programme 2018 (4,757 Kb)

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The Kate O’Brien was one of the most rewarding festivals I have attended. I have met some talented and interesting people, and greatly enjoyed both the events and the city of Limerick. Louis de Bernieres

Limerick is a city invigorated by literature. This is a city of stories and story-tellers. Like all good stories, it is a city in the midst of great change and the wonderful Limerick Literary Festival has helped propel that change into an international arena. Colum McCann

The Limerick Literary Festival was such a rich, yet also wonderfully intimate, weekend. I participated in a busy event which provided me with a unique opportunity to challenge readers, and I was thoroughly honoured to receive the Kate O' Brien Award - such an important, encouraging accolade for a writer at the outset of her career. 

Sara Baume


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