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.
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.
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.