Calendar of Poetry/Literature Festivals and Events in Ireland


(including Arts festivals with poetry)


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


(Late January)
The Yeats Winter School
Hyde Bridge, County Sligo


(Early March)
Ennis Book Club Festival
Ennis, County Clare

(Mid March)
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin


(Early April)
International Pan Celtic Festival
Derry City

(Mid April)
Eigse Michael Hartnett Literary Festival
Newcastlewest, County Limerick

(Late April)
Cúirt International Festival of Literature
Galway City

(Late April)
Cork World Book Festival
Cork City Library and Triskel Arts Centre- Cork

(Late April)
The Franco-Irish Literary Festival
Dublin Castle, Dublin City

(Late April / Early May)
Féile na Bealtaine
Dingle/An Daingean, County Kerry

(Late April / Early May)
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival


(Early May)
Strokestown International Poetry Festival
Strokestown, County Roscommon

(All of May)
Bealtaine Festival

(Early May)
Féile na nDéise
Celbridge, County Kildare

(Early May)
Waterford Writers Weekend
Waterford city

(Early May)
Edgeworth Literary Festival
Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

(Mid May)
Cork International Poetry Festival
Cork City

(Late May / Early June)
Mountshannon Arts Festival
Mountshannon, County Clare

(Late May)
Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Festival
Listowel, County Kerry


(Early June)
Dublin Writers’ Festival
Dublin City

(Mid June)
Carlow Arts Festival
Carlow Town, Carlow

(Mid June)
Immrama Festival of Travel writing
Lismore, Co Waterford

(Late June)
Focal Wexford Literary Festival
Wexford Town, Wexford

(Late June)
Hay Festival Kells
Kells, County Meath

(Late June)
Byrne/Perry Summer School of Irish History and Literature
Gorey, County Wexford

(Late June)
Over the Edge Writers’ Gathering
Galway City Library



(Early July)
Clonmel Junction Festival
Clonmel, Tipperary

(Mid – Late July)
Earagail Arts Festival
County Donegal

(Mid – Late July)
West Cork Literary Festival
Bantry, County Cork

(Mid – Late July)
Galway Arts Festival
Galway city

(22nd to 28th July)
Gerard Manley Hopkins Literary Festival
Newbridge, Co. Kildare (Newbridge College)

(Late July)
Boyle Arts Festival
Boyle, County Roscommon

(Late July / Early August)
Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

(Late July)
John Hewitt International Summer School
The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre Armagh

(Late July)
Tread Softly Festival
Sligo Town

(Late July)
Sean McCarthy Festival
Listowel, County Kerry


(Early – Mid August)
August Féile
West Belfast

(Early – Mid August)
Kilkenny Arts Festival
Kilkenny City

(Late August)
Tralee Garden Festival – Féile na mBláth
Tralee, County Kerry

(Late August)
Industrial Yarns – Tea & Tales
Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, Wicklow



(Early September)
The Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival
Cape Clear Island, Skibbereen, County Cork

(Mid September)
Fingal Poetry Festival
Skerries, County Dublin

(Mid September)
Courtmacsherry Storytelling Carnival
Cork City
Courtmacsherry, County Cork

(Mid September)
Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ Festival
Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny

(Mid September)
Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend
Omagh, County Tyrone

(Mid September)
Clifden Community Arts Week
Clifden, County Galway

(Mid September)
Culture Night

(Late September)
Frank O’Connor International Festival of the Short Story
Cork City

(Late September)
Aspects Literature Festival
Bangor, County Down

(Late September)
The annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend
Inniskeen, Co Monaghan


(Early October)
Dromineer Literary Festival
Dromineer, County Tipperary

(Early October)
Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering
Gort, County Galway

(Early October)
Siar Sceal Festival
Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

(Early October)
ECHOES Literary Festival
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, Co. Dublin

(Early October)
Strolling Through Ulysses
Rathmines, Dublin

(Mid October)
Galway City

(Mid October)
Dalkey Creates Writing Festival
Dalkey, South Dublin

(Mid October)
Slieve Bloom Storytelling and Music Festival
In the Great Houses and Castles of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Offaly and Laois

(Mid October – Early November)
Belfast Festival at Queens

(Mid October)
Samhain International Poetry Festival
Gortahork, Co. Donegal

(Late October)
Lough Gur Storytelling Festival
Lough Gur, County Limerick

(Mid – Late October)
‘Imagine’ – The Waterford Arts Festival
Waterford City


(Mid November)
Dublin Book Festival
Dublin City Hall

(Late November)
Athlone Literary Festival
Athlone, County Westmeath

(Late November)
Granard Traditional Harp Festival
Granard, Co. Longford


Letterfrack Poetry Trail
Letterfrack Connemara Co Galway