Poetry, music and prose for Limerick Literary Festival

Poet Vivienne McKechnie of UL with Limerick Chamber’s Nigel Dugdale who launched Limerick Literary Festival.
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THE 33rd Limerick Literary Festival – formerly the Kate O’Brien Weekend – issued news of its variety filled four days in February at a press launch this week.

City of Bridges is the theme linking events, writers, musicians and their following from Feb 23 to 26.

Limerick Chamber’s Nigel Dugdale opened out the occasion, an appropriate invitation as he had played Nathaniel in the Beoure Company’s adaptation of a Kate O’Brien’s ‘Distinguished Villa’. Directed by Joan Sheehy, this was staged at the novelist’s former home in Mulgrave Street in 2013.

The man who wrote for Obama’s inauguration, Richard Blanco. Feb 25 at LCGA, Pery Square, 4pm

On Monday last in O’Mahony Booksellers, he perceived 2017’s international class festival in the context of “Limerick being seen as a city of huge ambition. We were not thought of highly before but that is changing radically now”.

Look forward to America’s laureate Richard Blanco making a return visit to spin his poetry in our city; to Bill Whelan rivalling RTE lyric fm’s Liz Nolan in their choice of Desert Island Discs; to The Spinning Heart’s Donal Ryan interview Cecilia Ahern on her life in writing best sellers.

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There is more to anticipate. Roll up to hear Olivia O’Leary, journalist and scribe of Party Animals, open out festival detail on February 24 in LCGA, Pery Square – followed by the ‘As Music and Splendour’ recital.

Reference www.limerickliteraryfestival.com to secure tickets, performances as you track through five city venues in the pursuit of poetry, prose and music, sweet music.

French honorary consul Marie Hackett and Eimear Redmond worked on the Art Council submission that yielded €5,000
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Nigel Dugdale on growing the festival “to it being recognised in Europe and around the world from a literary perspective”
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Left, Donal Ryan, writer; Carolyn Graham and James Lawlor of Narrative4
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Left, Vivienne McKechnie, Margaret Jackson and Sean Jackson with Jannette Moodie
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Committee members Valerie Dolan of Dolan’s Bar with Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts Office and left, Nigel Dugdale who had launch honours, with Mick Dolan
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