List of Literary festivals in Ireland

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Whatever else about the state of things, culture is thriving on the island. So if you’re visiting Ireland, why not co-ordinate it with one of these festivals? They’re mighty. The reason so many writers and artists live here, and love coming here.

I have to thank O’Bhéal for this list, which includes festivals that incorporate an aspect of poetry. And the list will grow! If you know of any festivals I’ve left out, please leave a comment. For new festival organisers, this list might help you to select a less busy month to host your own festival.

Calendar of Poetry/Literature Festivals and Events in Ireland

NB** – All Dates are approximate and should be verified

January

(23rd – 26th January)
The Yeats Winter School
www.yeatssociety.com/news/2015/01/23/22nd-yeats-winter-school
Hyde Bridge, County Sligo

 February

(11th – 14th February)
Cork Spring Poetry Festival
http://www.corkpoetryfest.net/
Cork City

 March

(4th – 6th March)
Ennis Book Club Festival
www.ennisbookclubfestival.com
Ennis, County Clare

(10th – 13th March)
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
www.dublinbookfestival.com
Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin

April

(Early April)
International Pan Celtic Festival
http://siarsceal.com/festival.htm
Derry City

(Mid April)
Eigse Michael Hartnett Literary Festival
http://www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie/
Newcastlewest, County Limerick

(19th – 25th April)
Cúirt International Festival of Literature
http://www.cuirt.ie/en
Galway City

(Late April)
Cork World Book Festival
www.corkcitylibraries.ie
Cork City Library and Triskel Arts Centre- Cork

(Late April)
The Franco-Irish Literary Festival
www.francoirishliteraryfestival.com
Dublin Castle, Dublin City

(28th April – 2nd May)
Féile na Bealtaine
www.feilenandeise.com/programme2007.shtml
Dingle/An Daingean, County Kerry

(Late April / Early May)
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

http://cqaf.com/2015/

Belfast

May

(Early May)
Strokestown International Poetry Festival
http://www.strokestownpoetry.org/
Strokestown, County Roscommon

(1st – 31st May)
Bealtaine Festival
http://bealtaine.com/
Countrywide

(Early May)
Féile na nDéise
http://www.festivaldatabase.com/?p=1463
Celbridge, County Kildare

(Early May)
Waterford Writers Weekend
http://www.waterfordcity.ie/library/iguana/www.main.cls?surl=WW
Waterford City

(9th May)
Edgeworth Literary Festival
http://mariaedgeworth.com/2015/03/07/maria-edgeworth-literary-festival/
Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

(Late May / Early June)
Iniscealtra Festival of Arts
http://www.clare.ie/events/view/festivals-109/iniscealtra_festival_of_arts__mountshannon-305.html
Mountshannon, County Clare

(Late May)
Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Festival
http://writersweek.ie/
Listowel, County Kerry

June

(Early June)
Dublin Writers’ Festival
http://ilfdublin.com/
Dublin City

(10th – 19th June)
Carlow Arts Festival
www.dublinwritersfestival.com
Carlow Town, Carlow

(Mid June)
Immrama Festival of Travel writing
http://www.lismoreimmrama.com/
Lismore, Co Waterford

(Mid June)
Tralee Garden Festival – Féile na mBláth
www.myspace.com/summersolsticetara
Tralee, County Kerry

(Late June)
Summmer Solstice on Tara
www.byrneperry.ie
Tara hill, County Meath

(Late June)
Early and Late: Yeats and Orientalism
http://www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 2

(Late June)
Focal Wexford Literary Festival
www.eigsecarlow.ie
Wexford Town, Wexford

(Late June)
Hay Festival Kells
http://http://www.hayfestival.com/kells/index.aspx?skinid=26&currencysetting=EUR&localesetting=en-GB/
Kells, County Meath

(Late June)
Byrne/Perry Summer School of Irish History and Literature
http://www.byrneperry.com/
Gorey, County Wexford

(Late June)
Over the Edge Writers’ Gathering
http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.ie//
Galway City Library

July

(2nd July – 29th August)
Brian Friel’s version of A Month in the Country>
http://www.gatetheatre.ie/section/AMonthintheCountry
Cavendish Row, Dublin

(Early July)
Clonmel Junction Festival
http://www.junctionfestival.com/events/
Clonmel,Tipperary

(Early July)
POLAR VOICES – From the Arctic to the Atlantic
http://www.araseanna.ie/index.php?Itemid=371&option=com_rseventspro&view=rseventspro&lang=en
Áras Éanna, Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, Galway

(Mid July)
SoundEye – Cork avant-garde Poetry Festival
wwww.soundeye.org/
Cork City

(Mid – Late July)
Earagail Arts Festival
www.phoenixfestival.ie
County Donegal

(16th – 23rd July)
West Cork Literary Festival
www.kinsaleartsweek.com
Bantry, County Cork

(11th – 24th July)
Galway Arts Festival

http://www.giaf.ie/

Galway City

(14th-17thJuly)                                                                                                                                                     Stanzas Festival                                                                                                                                                     http://www.limerickwriterscentre.com/other_events/stanzas-literary-events/                      Limerick City, Co Limerick

(Late July)
Gerard Manley Hopkins Literary Festival
http://gerardmanleyhopkins.org/
Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

(Late July)
Boyle Arts Festival
http://boylearts.com/
Boyle, Co. Roscommon

(Late July / Early August)
Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
http://www.happy-days-enniskillen.com/
Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

(Late July)
John Hewitt International Summer School
http://johnhewittsociety.org/summer-school/
The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh

(Late July)
Tread Softly Festival
http://www.treadsoftly.ie/
Sligo Town, Co. Sligo

(Late July)
Sean McCarthy Festival
http://www.finugeweekend.com/
Listowel, Co. Kerry

August

(Early – Mid August)
August Féile
http://www.feilebelfast.com/
West Belfast

(5th – 14th August)
Kilkenny Arts Festival
http://www.kilkennyarts.ie/
Kilkenny City

(29th August)
Industrial Yarns – Tea & Tales
http://www.mermaidartscentre.ie/events/details/heritage-week-industrial-yarns-tea-tales/
Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

September

(3rd September – 24th October)
A View From The Bridge
by Arthur Miller

http://www.gatetheatre.ie/production/AViewFromTheBridge2015
Cavendish Row, Dublin

(4th – 6th September)
The Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival
www.capeclearstorytelling.com
Cape Clear Island, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

(11th – 13th September)
Courtmacsherry Storytelling Carnival
http://www.courtmacsherry.ie
Cork City
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

(11th – 14th September)
Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ Festival
http://www.booktownireland.com
Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny

(12th September)
Beautiful Lofty Things: An Evening with WB Yeats
http://www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/beautiful-lofty-things-an-evening-with-wb-yeats
National Concert Hall, Dublin

(11th – 13th September)
Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend
www.struleartscentre.co.uk/
Omagh, Co. Tyrone

(17th – 27th September)
Clifden Community Arts Week
www.clifdenartsweek.ie
Clifden, County Galway

(18th September)
Culture Night
http://culturenightcork.ie/events/137/o-bheal/
National

(Late September)

Engage Literary Festival

http://www.engageartsfestival.com/

Bandon, Co. Cork

(23rd – 26th September)
Frank O’Connor International Festival of the Short Story
http://www.corkshortstory.net/
Cork City, Co. Cork

(26th – 30th September)
Aspects Literature Festival
www.northdown.gov.uk/main_servicessingle.asp?id=205&area=6&aName=Council
Bangor, Co. Down

(25th – 27th September)
The annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend
www.ladygregory.info
Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan

October

(1st – 4th Oct)
Dromineer Literary Festival
http://My Siteswww.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie
Dromineer, County Tipperary

(1st – 5th October)
Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering
http://www.galwaytourism.ie/pgalway-events-calendar.html
Gort, Co. Galway

(2nd – 3rd Oct)
Siar Sceal Festival
www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie
Castlerea, County Roscommon

(7th October)
Strolling Through Ulysses
http://www.strollingthroughulysses.com/
Rathmines, Dublin City

(10th – 19th Oct)
Baberó
http://baboro.ie/events/haiku/
Galway City

(16th – 18th October)
Slieve Bloom Storytelling and Music Festival
http://www.errisliteraryfestival.com
In the Great Houses and Castles of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Offaly and Laois

(17th October – 1st November)
Belfast Festival at Queens
www.belfastfestival.com
Belfast City

(15th – 19th October)
Samhain International Poetry Festival
http://www.gaelport.com/default.aspx?treeid=37&NewsItemID=1561
Gortahork, Co. Donegal

(Late October)
Lough Gur Storytelling Festival
www.ballyhouracountry.com/loughgur.asp
Lough Gur, Co. Limerick

(15th – 25th October)
‘Imagine’ – The Waterford Arts Festival
www.waterfordartsfestival.com/literature.php
Waterford City

November

(12th – 15th November)
Dublin Book Festival
http://www.rafteryfestival.com
Dublin City Hall

(25th – 26th November)

Winter Warmer Festival, Cork

Ó Bhéal: Cork’s Weekly Poetry Event

(30th November)
Granard Traditional Harp Festival
www.patrickkavanaghcountry.com/html/kavweekend.htm
Granard, Co. Longford

(30 November)
Athlone Literary Festival
http://www.midlandsireland.ie/events/athlone-literary-festival
Athlone, County Westmeath

 Ongoing

Letterfrack Poetry Trail
http://ceecc.org/letterfrack-poetry-trail/
Letterfrack Connemara Co. Galway

 

 

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