Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O'Brien - Lime Tree Theatre

Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien

The festival, formerly known as The Kate O’Brien Weekend celebrates its 4oth anniversary.
Novelist Dan Mooney will launch the programme for The Limerick Literary Festival on Wednesday January 24th in O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Limerick.

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Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien

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Continuing to honour the life and works of the Limerick author, Kate O’Brien, this festival attracts prominent participants from all over the world. The Limerick Literary Festival is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary alongside the 50th anniversary of the death of O’Brien. It originally started as The Kate O’Brien Weekend in 1984 to mark the tenth anniversary of her death. We continue to celebrate the legacy of Kate O’Brien each year and her impact as a writer.

At the first Kate O’Brien Weekend in 1984 to mark the tenth anniversary of Kate’s death, the poet Eavan Boland spoke of Kate’s legacy and of the enduring quality of her work saying that ‘by accepting that if a work of art is good it is good not because it is feminine, but because it is human.’ She went on to end her talk with the following words of wisdom that by remembering writers who were banned during their lifetimes ‘we will have discharged our debt to writers like Kate O’Brien, who made their way in a harder time, unaware of the gratitude we now feel and unable to benefit from it.  Who told their own truth and therefore made the way safe for ours.  And now we, in turn, have to make a truth which justifies that safe passage’.

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 2024 Festival will be opened with an intimate evening of words and music by spoken word artist and musician Denise Chaila and the full weekend programme feature authors Vona Groarke, Mary Morrissy, Antoine Laurain, Francis Spufford, Dorothy Cross, Dr Jana Fischerova, Elaine Feeney and Jane Clarke. Also featured will be perennial favourite Desert Island Books and a session with Poetry Pharmacist William Sieghart and the presentation of the 2024 Kate O’Brien Award for a debut novel from a female Irish author, the winner of the Award 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

The Festival will close on Sunday the 25th  with internationally renowned author Claire Keegan. The festival is generously supported by the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and French Embassy in Ireland.

“Literature is forever the lamp of truth…” Kate O’Brien

For more information please contact Ella Daly on or 087 2863428.


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