Time to get Festive

Image result for hinterland festival kells 2018In summer a young author’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of… festivals!

I don’t know why it is, but in recent years, Ireland has seen more literary festivals pop up from May through August than bluebells in a Sligo wood.

Festivals offer great opportunities to immerse yourself in your type of writing for a day, a weekend, or even a whole week. They allow you to interact with other writers, and to make new friends. The give you a chance to meet your favourite authors and hear them speak, perhaps become inspired by them. They can even allow you a chance to make important contacts in the publishing industry.

While I’m focusing on the goodies at hand in Ireland (and I’d point out that even if you live elsewhere, there’s nothing to say you can’t come and visit, we are the land of welcomes, after all), you will undoubtedly find similar offerings close to where you live, too.

Here are some highlights you can look forward to around the island of Ireland over the next few months. The links will take you to the site with more complete information:


19th — 27th: International Literature Festival Dublin

30th — 3rd June: Listowel Writers Week


6th — 16th: Belfast Book Festival

8th — 10th: Festival of Writing and Ideas

8th — 10th: Howth Literary Arts Festival

11th — 16th: Bloomsday Festival

13th — 17th: Lismore Immrama

14th — 17th: Dalkey Book Festival

21st — 24th: Kells Hinterland (This is my local festival, so WOO-HOO!)

22nd — 24th: 4th Dublin Writers’ Conference


6th — 8th: Allihies Inspires

13th — 20th: West Cork Literary Festival

Date to be confirmed: The Tread Softly Festival in honour of WB Yeats 


2nd — 12th: West Belfast Festival

18th — 19th: Wexworlds Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival

24th — 26th:  Town of Books Graiguenamanagh

There are, of course, literary events year round in this green and gorgeous isle and no doubt more will be announced as the year unfolds. Keep an eye on the Words Ireland site and the Irish Writers Centre for up to date information. I’ll try to post information as news reaches me. In the meantime, enjoy the sun and I hope to see you at one or two of the above events.


About Geri Schear

Geri Schear is an award-winning novelist, author of three Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice books published by MX Publishing. Her short stories have appeared in a number of journals. For further information, see her page at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Geri-Schear/e/B00ORWA3EU
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