UL Creative Writing Festival will bring literary buzz to Limerick

Limerick award-winning author Kevin Barry, part of the UL Creative Writing Festival lineup

There will be strong local representation in the list of award-winning writers when the University of Limerick hosts its Creative Writing Festival from 20-22 May.

Along with well-known names such as Roddy Doyle, Lisa McInerney and Louise Kennedy, the program will include UL writers-in-residence Kit de Waal, Donald Ryan and Joseph O’Connor as well as Limerick native Kevin Barry.

This will be the first in-person festival since 2018 and with all the events taking place at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, it is already shaping up to be an early summer treat for readers and book lovers.

The occasion will be marked by the launch of this year’s edition of The Ogham Stone, UL’s literary journal. In addition to several lectures and readings, there will also be poetry, dedication and writing workshops. Participants will have the option of booking a tour of the Glucksman Library’s Special Collections and Archives, which features rare books and Irish literary items.

Festival President Joseph O’Connor said, “I really look forward to welcoming all these wonderful writers and poets to UL in May for a celebration of writing. I think we all love to be read to – it’s something we’ve had since childhood – but it’s not every day that you get to read the great Donal Ryan, Danielle McLaughlin, Louise Kennedy or Roddy Doyle.

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Students from Mungret Community College and CBS Sexton Street will read the work they have created under the guidance of UL Masters in Creative Writing students, as part of the Creative Writers in the Community module.

Professor Eoin Devereux, head of the module, explained: “This year our MA Creative Writing students worked with schools in Limerick and Killarney. They have also worked with a migrant rights group and with the Limerick Writers’ Center to offer a series of creative writing courses.

“A wide variety of genres were used including poetry, short stories, hip-hop lyrics and spoken word performance to nurture the creative writing. Our tutors were impressed with the quality of work created by these creative writers – young and old.

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