On Sunday 27th of February at 12 o’clock, via Webinar, the Limerick Literary Festival will host a very special live event: the presentation of The Kate O’Brien Award for the best debut novel or short story collection by an Irish female writer. Each year we are taken on unique journeys in books written by writers at the beginning of their careers and this year was no exception, it was hard to come up with a shortlist. The shortlisted books are innovative, imaginative, accomplished and very well written. This event offers readers a chance to listen to the shortlisted writers speak about and read from their books, giving the listeners a glimpse of the stories and of the excellent writing and there will be an opportunity for readers to ask questions. The winner will be announced and the prize, which is very generously sponsored by Bill and Denise Whelan, will be presented at the end of the event. This is a highlight of the Festival every year and one not to be missed by any reader or book lover and the event can be watched live from anywhere in Ireland or the world.
The Shortlisted books are Dinner Party by Sarah Gilmartin, The End Of The World Is A Cul De Sac by Louise Kennedy, Mother Mother by Annie Macmanus, A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion, Holding Her Breath by Eimear Ryan and Boys Don’t Cry by Fíona Scarlett.
The judges for the award are Marie Hackett, Grainne O’Brien , Vivienne McKechnie, Donal Ryan and Niall MacMonagle.
The Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien is one of Ireland’s most vibrant and successful festivals which has been running since 1984 and it showcases in a diverse and eclectic programme the best in Irish and international contemporary literature. The Festival takes place the last weekend in February annually in Limerick City. 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.
Tickets for the webinar are free but must be booked via Eventbrite.