The festival, formerly known as The Kate O’Brien Weekend, celebrated its 4oth anniversary this year. Beginning in 1984 to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Limerick-born writer Kate O’Brien, the festival continues to honour the life and works of the author while attracting prominent participants from home and abroad.

To our funders, partners, guests and wonderful audiences – thank you for making 2024 one of our best years yet!


Elaine Feeney

Date: Sat 24 Feb, 4.15PM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12
Elaine will be talking about and reading from her latest work.

Vona Groarke

Date: Sat 24 Feb, 10.00AM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12
Vona will be presenting and discussing 'Hereafter: The Telling Life of Ellen O'Hara'

William Sieghart

Date: Sat 24 Feb, 3.00PM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12
Readings and a discussion of ‘The Poetry Pharmacy Forever'.

“Literature is forever the lamp of truth…”