Calendar of Poetry/Literature Festivals and Events in Ireland

 

(including Arts festivals with poetry)

 

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

January

(Late January)
The Yeats Winter School
www.yeatssociety.com/news/2015/01/23/22nd-yeats-winter-school
Hyde Bridge, County Sligo

March

(Early March)
Ennis Book Club Festival
www.ennisbookclubfestival.com
Ennis, County Clare

(Mid 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

(Late April)
Cúirt International Festival of Literature
http://www.cuirt.ie/en
Galway City

(Late April)
Cork World Book Festival
https://triskelartscentre.ie/events/cork-world-book-fest/
Cork City Library and Triskel Arts Centre- Cork

(Late April)
The Franco-Irish Literary Festival
www.francoirishliteraryfestival.com
Dublin Castle, Dublin City

(Late April / Early 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

(All of 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
http://waterfordvikingtriangle.com/events/festivals/waterford-writers-weekend/
Waterford city

(Early May)
Edgeworth Literary Festival
https://edgeworthstown.net/festival/
Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

(Mid May)
Cork International Poetry Festival
http://www.corkpoetryfest.net/
Cork City

(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

(Mid 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
https://tralee.ie/events/feile-na-mblath-park-festival-2019/
Tralee, County Kerry

(Late June)
Focal Wexford Literary Festival
http://wexfordliteraryfestival.com/
Wexford Town, Wexford

(Late June)
Hay Festival Kells
https://www.dochara.com/events-in-ireland/the-hay-festival-kells/
Kells, County Meath

(Late June)
Byrne/Perry Summer School of Irish History and Literature
http://www.byrneperry.ie/
Gorey, County Wexford

(Late June)
Over the Edge Writers’ Gathering
http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.ie//
Galway City Library

July

 

(Early July)
Clonmel Junction Festival
http://www.junctionfestival.com/events/
Clonmel,Tipperary

(Mid – Late July)
Earagail Arts Festival
www.phoenixfestival.ie
County Donegal

(Mid – Late July)
West Cork Literary Festival
www.kinsaleartsweek.com
Bantry, County Cork

(Mid – Late July)
Galway Arts Festival
http://www.giaf.ie/
Galway city

(22nd to 28th July)
Gerard Manley Hopkins Literary Festival
http://gerardmanleyhopkins.org/
Newbridge, Co. Kildare (Newbridge College)

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

(Late July / Early August)
Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
https://www.artsoverborders.com/event-category/beckett-festival/
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

(Early – Mid August)
Kilkenny Arts Festival
http://www.kilkennyarts.ie/
Kilkenny City

(Late 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

 

(Early September)
The Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival
www.capeclearstorytelling.com
Cape Clear Island, Skibbereen, County Cork

(Mid September)
Fingal Poetry Festival
https://fingalpoetryfestival.com/
Skerries, County Dublin

(Mid September)
Courtmacsherry Storytelling Carnival
http://www.courtmacsherry.ie
Cork City
Courtmacsherry, County Cork

(Mid September)
Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ Festival
http://www.booktownireland.com
Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny

(Mid September)
Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend
www.struleartscentre.co.uk/
Omagh, County Tyrone

(Mid September)
Clifden Community Arts Week
https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/
Clifden, County Galway

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

(Late September)
Frank O’Connor International Festival of the Short Story
http://www.corkshortstory.net/
Cork City

(Late September)
Aspects Literature Festival
http://www.aspectsfestival.com/
Bangor, County Down

(Late September)
The annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend
www.ladygregory.info
Inniskeen, Co Monaghan

October

(Early October)
Dromineer Literary Festival
http://www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie
Dromineer, County Tipperary

(Early October)
Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering
http://www.galwaytourism.ie/pgalway-events-calendar.html
Gort, County Galway

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

(Early October)
ECHOES Literary Festival
https://www.echoes.ie/
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, Co. Dublin

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

(Mid October)
Baberó
http://baboro.ie/
Galway City

(Mid October)
Dalkey Creates Writing Festival
https://www.facebook.com/dalkeycreates/
Dalkey, South Dublin

(Mid 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

(Mid October – Early November)
Belfast Festival at Queens
https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/
Belfast

(Mid 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

(Mid – Late October)
‘Imagine’ – The Waterford Arts Festival
www.waterfordartsfestival.com/literature.php
Waterford City

November

(Mid November)
Dublin Book Festival
http://www.dublinbookfestival.com
Dublin City Hall

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

(Late 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