Limerick Literary Festival 2020

Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd February
  • Limerick Literary Festival 2020

The Limerick Literary Festival, formerly known as Kate O'Brien Weekend, is this year celebrating its 36th 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 which will run from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February 2020 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.

Festival Events


Friday 21st February

11am - 12pm @ Limerick City Library, The Granary
Readings with Catherine Phil MacCarthy

1pm - 2pm @ The Captain's Room, The Hunt Museum
Kathy Rose O'Brien will discuss putting together the inaugural exhibition about her grand-aunt, the novelist, playwright and journalist Kate O'Brien at the new Museum of Literature Ireland.
€12 (€10 concession). Book here.

7pm @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
Official Opening by Vicky Phelan
€18 (€15 concession). Book here.

8pm @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
Musical Interlude featuring the Irish National Opera
Admission included in the Official Opening Ticket.

Saturday 22nd February

10am @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
Liam Cahill - Forgotten Revolution
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

11am @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
Christine Dwyer Hickey
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

12pm @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
Jo Unwin, Sarah Davis Goff, and Dan Mooney - Panel Discussion about Writers, their Publishers and Literary Agents.
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

1pm @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
Clíona Ní Ríordáin - A Writer’s Paris (in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland)
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

2pm @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
Paul Lynch
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

3pm @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
Andrew Miller
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

4pm @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
John Kelly
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

5pm @ Dance Limerick, John's Square
David Barrie
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

Sunday 23rd February

10am - 11am @ Belltable, 69 O'Connell St.
Kate O'Brien Hour featuring Patricia Coughlan - The relentlessness of the educated heart: Kate O'Brien and emotional life.
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

11am - 11.30am @ Belltable, 69 O'Connell St.
Presentation of the 2020 Kate O’Brien Award

11.30am - 12.30pm @ Belltable, 69 O'Connell St.
Sarah Crossan - Laureate na nÓg
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

1pm - 2.30pm @ Belltable, 69 O'Connell St.
Desert Island Books presented by Gerry Stembridge and Ella Berthoud
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

3pm @ Belltable, 69 O'Connell St.
Roddy Doyle
€14 (€12 concession). Book here.

Limerick City
The Hunt Museum
The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City
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