Kate O'Brien Award Ceremony - Lime Tree Theatre

Kate O’Brien Award Ceremony

Presented by Limerick Literary Festival

This is an award for the best debut novel or short story collection by an Irish female writer. The Award comes with a €2,000 prize, very generously sponsored by Bill and Denise Whelan.

The Kate O’Brien Award Shortlist for 2023

  • Ruth and Pen by Emilie Pine
  • The Quiet Whispers Never Stop by Olivia Fitzsimon
  • How to Gut a Fish by Sheila Armstrong


Kate O’Brien Award Ceremony

Kate O'Brien Award

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The Kate O’Brien Award is a wonderful gift as it not only give financial support to debut writers but it also adds to the significance of the award, making it an important one to aim for.

The judges for this year are committee member Marie Hackett, writer and critic Niall MacMonagle, poet and committee member Vivienne McKechnie, writer and Children’s book buyer for O’Mahony’s Bookshop Grainne O’Brien and novelist Donal Ryan.


  • Please note this is a free event but booking is essential.
  • Masks/face coverings are optional.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • No late comers admitted to the theatre once show commences.
  • On street parking.

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