Week 6: The Festival Files

Is there anyone on this earth currently unaware that LitSoc is running our week-long literary festival LitFest this week?? Here, Deirbhile Brennan talks about other wonderful Literary Festivals of note throughout this fair isle!

The Festival Files

Ireland, often called the land of saints and scholars, has had a longstanding reputation for widespread creativity in the art of literature. This is often celebrated by the country’s many literary festivals. These go on all year round and all over the country, but some of the most exciting ones that are coming up include the following:

  1. Mountains to Sea literary festival, held in Dun Laoighre. This year, the festival will run from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th of March. This festival is essentially comprised of a gathering of authors who will hold talks, readings and interviews over the course of the week. Some of the glowing names making the pilgrimage to Dun Laoighre this year are Caitlin Moran, George Saunders, Judith Kerr and Joanna Trollope. As part of the festival, International Women’s Day will be celebrated on the adjacent Sunday, March 12th.

  2. Dublin’s International Literature Festival is also a popular event. This year it will be held from May 21st-25th. Hosted in various locations around Dublin, the programme has yet to be announced, but in recent years events have included: individual focus on little known Irish authors; guests such as Paul Muldoon, Lionel Shriver and Flann O’Brien and Richard Dawkins. The festival also importantly caters to interests of all ages. Events held in the Ark are especially focused on families and on bringing the gift of literature and art to the younger generations.

  3. The internationally acclaimed Listowel Writers’ Week is one of Ireland’s biggest literary festivals. Established in 1970, it has brought many reputed authors to the Kerry town, creating a friendly atmosphere replete with creative opportunities. According to playwright Michael West, ‘Listowel is great because everyone likes books..but they like to talk even more, so these household names go from pub to pub having deep chats with readers over a pint.” This year, the festival will run from May 31st - June 4th.

  4. Most excitingly, Trinity’s very own Literary Society are holding a festival this very week, February 20th-24th. This annual extravaganza will take the campus by erudite storm, holding a wide variety of events from a publishing panel to a genre debate and workshops for everything in between. All literary tastes will be catered for over the course of the week.