This year’s theme is “City of Bridges”

The Festival, formerly known as Kate O’Brien Weekend, is this year celebrating its 33rd 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. This year, we have gathered up to 20 participants from Ireland, England, Italy and the US in six different venues in Limerick city.

The Festival will officially be opened on Friday February 24th at 6p.m. in Limerick City Gallery of Art in Pery Square by journalist Olivia O’Leary.

It will be followed by “As Music and Splendour “ recital.

On Thursday night, in conjunction with Chez le Fab, by the river at Arthur’s Quay Park, UL Professor and author Eoin Devereux will deliver an illustrated talk on Oscar Wilde and Morrissey. Expect some great music (and wine).

Earlier on Friday, in association with City Library, The Granary, we are delighted to welcome Martin Dyer and Donal Ryan, for what will be a free event.

On Saturday, in Limerick City Gallery of Art,  we welcome poet Doireann ni Ghriofa, novelist Mary Lawson, historian Thomas Packenham, prizewinning writer Mike McCormack, Italian novelist Francesca Melandri in conversation with Mary Coll and esteemed poet Richard Blanco. Marie Hackett, Honorary French Consul in Limerick, will pay tribute to the late French author Michel Deon.

On Saturday morning, in Ormston House, Patrick Street, we are delighted to introduce Christopher Lloyd and Limerick author Roisin Meaney to our young audience as a free public event.

On Sunday morning, in the Lime Tree Theatre, renowned musician Bill Whelan and broadcaster Liz Nolan will reveal their choice of books in Desert Island slot, including “ the book I would never lend”. And finally, popular novelist Cecilia Ahern will be in conversation with esteemed author Donal Ryan.

We will be, once again, presenting the Kate O’Brien Award to best novel/short story collection by a debut Irish female writer.

Limerick Literary Festival gratefully acknowledges all our sponsors including local businesses, Limerick City and Council and the Arts Council.

We hope you will enjoy the 2017 edition of the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien, celebrating writers, artists, books and readers.




Thursday February 23rd

  Chez le Fab,  Arthur’s Quay Park  8p.m   UL Professor and author Eoin Devereux will deliver an illustrated talk on Oscar Wilde and Morrissey


Friday February 24th

  City Library, The  Granary 11a.m   Readings featuring Martin Dyer & Donal Ryan (free event)
    Limerick City  Gallery of Art



  Opening of the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien by Olivia O’Leary.

  Followed at 7p.m As Music and Splendour recital.


Saturday February 25th

  Ormston House,  Patrick Street 11a.m


  (free young audience event)

  Readings featuring Christopher Lloyd and Limerick author Roisin Meaney

    Limerick City  Gallery of Art









   Doireann ni Ghriofa

   Mary Lawson

   Thomas Packenham

   Tribute to the late Michel Deon

   Mike McCormack

   Francesca Malandri in conversation  with Mary Coll

    Richard Blanco

Sunday February 26th   Lime Tree Theatre,  Mary Immaculate  College




    Bill Whelan & Liz Nolan

    Kate O’Brien lecture: Interview with Cecilia Ahern by Donal Ryan

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