Vona Groarke
Sat 24th Feb, 10.00AM
15/12 euro

Vona Groarke’s fourteenth book, Woman of Winter, (a contemporary re-telling of the ninth century Irish poem, ‘The Lament of the Hag of Beare’ with drawings by Isobel Nolan), was published by Gallery Press in August 2023. Her thirteenth, Hereafter: The Telling Life of Ellen O’Hara – a poetic account of the lives of Irish women domestic servants in 1890s New York (which arose out of her time as a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library 2018-19) – was published in Nov 2022 by New York University Press. Her Selected Poems won the 2017 Pigott Prize for Best Irish Poetry Collection. Poet, essayist, reviewer and editor, her work has recently appeared in New York Review of Books, L.A. Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and Poetry Review. Vona Groarke is the current Writer in Residence at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Vona Groarke will be presenting and discussing Hereafter: The Telling Life of Ellen O’Hara (New York University Press, 2022), a hybrid book of history, prose and poetry which looks at the lives of Irish emigrant women in late nineteenth New York.

Date & Times

Sat 24 Feb, 10.00am

Approximate run time: 1 hour.

Run times may vary by up to 15 minutes as they can be affected by intervals and delays.


Standard Entry: €15
Concession Entry: €12*

*  Concession tickets are available for students, seniors and unwaged purchases.



69 O’Connell St, Limerick, V94 FK0H


Starting at the Brown Thomas store, continue walking straight up O’Connell St. After the Mallow St junction, Belltable is on the left-hand side of the road, in the middle of the block.

Public Transport:

From the bus stop on Sarsfield Street, take the 304 as far as the O’Connell Monument, O’Connell St. Continue back towards the city centre, Belltable is on the right-hand side of the road, in the middle of the block.


Belltable is situated in the city centre and encourages patrons to walk where possible.

For those who can’t walk and need to drive there is only on street parking.

Belltable will open from 9am on both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of the festival.

Tickets can be booked online at www.limetreebelltable.ie. Links to which can be found on this site.

Weekend Pass €130/€100. Individual Sessions €15/€12.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for individual sessions, while tickets are still available.

Please note that ticket capacity is limited at all events, tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis. Please allow time to purchase tickets on the door as no latecomers will be permitted once an event commences.

Belltable is fully accessible.

Wheelchair spaces: We strongly advise that, should you require a wheelchair space, you contact our Box Office staff on (061) 953400 as early as possible.

Accessible Toilets: Belltable  has one accessible toilet in the main foyer area next to the bar.

Guide/Assistance Dogs are welcome in both our venues.

Baby Changing Facilities: We have baby changing facilities in the accessible toilets in Belltable.

The Belltable cafe will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm, serving coffee, tea etc.



Dorothy Cross

Date: Sun 25 Feb, 11.15AM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12
Dorothy will speak about her practise.

Antoine Laurain

Date: Sat 24 Feb, 1.45PM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12
Antoine will introduce his new book 'An Astronomer in Love'.

Desert Island Books

Date: Sun 25 Feb, 1.45PM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12
Perennial favourite with four Limerick personalities.