In 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.