Presentation of the 2024 Kate O'Brien Award - Lime Tree Theatre

Presentation of the 2024 Kate O’Brien Award

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 2024 Kate O’Brien Award is an award for a debut novel from an Irish female author. The winner will be chosen from the following shortlist:

  • Slant by Katherine O’Donnell, published by New Island Books
  • The Red Bird Sings by Aoife Fitzpatrick, published by Virago
  • The Last Days of Joy by Anne Tiernan, published by Hachette


Presentation of the 2024 Kate O’Brien Award

Kate O'Brien Award

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Shortlist judge Vivienne McKechnie commented on the high standard of all the submissions. “This year, once again, it was wonderful to read the debut books by Irish female writers and we are delighted with our shortlist which is made up of three well written, interesting and very engaging novels. We look forward to a lively discussion with the shortlisted authors at the Festival in a special event on Sunday 25th February. This is an opportunity to meet these writers at the beginning of their careers and to listen to their stories.”

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

The Kate O’Brien Award comes with a €2000 cash prize sponsored by Bill and Denise Whelan.


  • This is a free event but please book ahead.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • 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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