Calendar of Poetry/Literature Festivals and Events in Ireland

(including Arts festivals with poetry)

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
http://triskelartscentre.ie/events/3368/cork-world-book-fest-2017/
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/2017/
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
https://waterfordarts.com/2017/03/21/imagine-arts-festival-and-waterford-writers-weekend/
Waterford city

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

(Late May / Early June)
Mountshannon Arts Festival
http://www.mountshannonarts.net/
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
http://wexfordliteraryfestival.com/
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

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

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

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

(11th – 13th September)
Courtmacsherry Storytelling Carnival
http://www.courtmacsherry.ie
Cork City
Courtmacsherry, County 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
https://www.culturefox.ie/en/Literature/beautiful-lofty-things–an-evening-with-wb-yeats/37621/
National Concert Hall, Dublin

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

(17th – 27th September)
Clifden Community Arts Week
https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/
Clifden, County Galway

(18th September)
Culture Night
http://culturenightcork.ie/events/303/the-hayloft-bar-o-bheal/
National

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

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

(26th – 30th September)
Aspects Literature Festival
http://www.aspectsfestival.com/
Bangor, County Down

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

October

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

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

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

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

(10th – 19th Oct)
Baberó
http://baboro.ie/
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 – 01st November)
Belfast Festival at Queens
www.belfastfestival.com
Belfast

(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
http://loughgur.com/storytelling-festival-2017/
Lough Gur, County 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

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

Ongoing

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