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 Barry, Fergal Keane, Lisa McInerney, Kit de Waal and Jana Fischerova among others. Popular events return such as the Kate O’Brien Lecture and 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 4. Dolan'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.