22 - 25 February 2018

FESTIVAL NEWS & UPDATES

March 2, 2018

Kate O'Brien Award 2018 Awarded to Lisa Harding for her novel Harvesting

Lisa Harding was presented with the Kate O'Brien Award at the Belltable, Sunday 25th February, for her novel Harvesting. The award celebrates new debut Irish fiction by a female author, in memory of Kate O'Brien. Warm congratulations to her.

February 6, 2018

Become a Friend of Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien 2018

The Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien celebrates the life and works of the Limerick author, whilst also promoting emerging and established writers and artists.

It facilitates a convivial platform for engagement with the literary arts in Limerick, with reading audiences having the opportunity to meet with each other and to ask authors questions directly, about their favourite books.

Through a series of talks, readings, lectures, workshops and music events; we celebrate writers, books and reading audiences.

As a voluntary festival organisation, a donation of €100 will support the festival to deliver the 2018 events programme.

Friends enjoy exclusive benefits including, invitations to Launch events and our Festival Club. We will acknowledge your support on our website and social media platforms.

To become a Friend of the Festival please contact us at info@limerickliteraryfestival.com

January 27, 2018

Declan Shalvey and Phillip Barrett in discussion with John Byrne

Following on from the month-long exhibition of their work in Ormston House, Declan Shalvey and Phillip Barrett - the creators of the internationally-acclaimed, Limerick-based graphic novel Savage Town - will join John Byrne to discuss their work and the world of comics/graphic novels in general.

Though this is first time the Limerick Literary Festival has hosted an event centred around the graphic novel, the hope is that this is just the beginning of the festival's engagement with the form.

This graphic novel event will take place in Ormston House from 3p.m to 5p.m on Saturday 24th February. This is a free event.

January 26, 2018

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen to deliver Kate O'Brien Key Note Lecture

We are happy to announce that Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen will deliver the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien Key Note Lecture.

They will present a conversation about their novel Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling. The lecture will be moderated, with the opportunity for the audience to ask questions at the end of the discussion.

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen created the Facebook page Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling which lead to them writing the novel of the same name. They originally conceived of the Aisling character when they shared a flat together in Stoneybatter. Observing certain traits, characteristics and quirks of a very particular type of Irish girl they recognised and identified with, they set up the Facebook page to gather their comical observations and it has since become a phenomenon, taking on a life its own. Like Aisling, both are ‘from down the country’.

Kate O'Brien lecture will take place at the Belltable at 2p.m, Sunday 25th February. Click here for tickets.

January 04, 2018

Kate O'Brien Award 2018 Shortlist Announced

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Kate O'Brien Award. The 4 nominee's are Lisa Harding for Harvesting (New Island Books), Maria Hoey for The Last Lost Girl (Poolbeg Press), Andrea Mara for The Other Side of the Wall (Poolbeg Press), and Sally Rooney for Conversations with Friends (Faber).

The winner will be announced on Sunday, 25th February at the Belltable.

December 06, 2017

Kate O'Brien Award 2018 Longlist Announced

We are pleased to announce the longlist for this year's Kate O'Brien Award. The nominee's are Ally Bunbury for The Inheritance (Poolbeg Press), June Caldwell for Room Little Darker (New Island Books), Lisa Harding for Harvesting (New Island Books), Maria Hoey for The Last Lost Girl (Poolbeg Press), Andrea Mara for The Other Side of the Wall (Poolbeg Press), Sally Rooney for Conversations with Friends (Faber), Susan Ryan for The King of Lavender Square (Poolbeg Press) and Eithne Shortall for Love in Row 27 (Corvus). The shortlist will be announced early January and the winner on Sunday, 25th February at the Belltable.

November 30, 2017

Martha O'Brien Announced for The Opening Night

On Friday February 23rd, we are delighted to welcome mezzo-soprano Martha O'Brien on our opening night at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square.

Martha O'Brien is a Limerick-born mezzo-soprano studying under Sinead Campbell Wallace in the Conservatory of Music & Drama, where she received a First Class Honors BMus degree in vocal pedagogy and was awarded the Nuala Levins Trophy for Pedagogy.

In opera, Martha has played the role of Joacim in a staged production of Handel’s Susanna in Smock Alley Theatre as well as Cherubino in le nozze di Figaro, Zelatrice in Suor Angelica and JouJou in The Merry Widow. Martha recently performed in The Second Violinist by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh with Wide Open Opera at both the Galway International Arts Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.

Other notable engagements include Opera Theatre Company's production of Don Giovanni with translation by Roddy Doyle and their revival of the 1907 Irish opera Eithne by Robert O'Dwyer. In June 2017, Martha contributed to Lyric Fm’s documentary “An Oriental Romance:Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh with a recital of his lesser known work. In oratorio, performances include Handel's Messiah in Kilkenny Cathedral, Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noel & Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in St. Ann's Church and an Irish premiere of Mata Matsurrat's Requiem in St. Andrew's Church, Dublin. Martha has performed Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer in the John Field Room, NCH as well as a live broadcast with the RTE Symphony Orchestra for their DriveTime programme. In 2016, Martha participated as a Young Artist on the Boyne Music Festival Young Artist Programme, where she worked with Sophie Junker and Deirdre Brenner. Also in 2016, Martha was the winner of both the Showboat and Dermot Troy competitions in DIT and was part of the winning ensemble of the Veronica Dunne competition in the Feis Ceoil. She has had the privilege of singing in masterclasses with Patricia Bardon & Gidon Saks.

Martha is a vocal/pre-instrumental teacher in the Dublin School of Music as well as choral director for Twitterbugs children’s choir. Upcoming engagements include Irish National Opera’s inaugural production of The Marriage of Figaro and, also with INO, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman.

"As Music and Splendour" recital with Martha O'Brien will follow the official opening by Billy Keane at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Friday 23rd February. Click here for tickets.

November 15, 2017

Festival 2018 Launch and Press Release

The Festival Launch and Press Release takes place on Monday December 4th, in O'Mahony's Booksellers O'Connell Street at 5p.m