Our Guide To The Best Of Summer 2016 Literary Festivals, Featuring Some Of Our Own Liberties Press Talent. 

You've read their books, heard their stories, pored over their photographs and seen them gaining momentum in the media. Our authors are the beating heart of Liberties Press, and we are always thrilled to see them invigorating the line-up of many literary festivals dotted throughout the country during the Summer months. Come for the atmosphere, the fun, the literature, the adventure and the soul of a festival dedicated to books, spoken word and stunning new talent. We'd love to see you there!


Cork World Book Festival 21st-23rd of April

The Triskel Arts Centre and Cork City Library, ran their eleventh Cork World Book Festival this year with more workshops, author talks, a teen day, children's events, outdoor stalls and book markets.

Caitriona Lally, author of Eggshells,  Kevin Curran, author of Citizens, and Jan Carson, author of Children's Children all took part in a panel discussion dedicated to Liberties Press authors.  The festival was a huge success, so make sure to keep an eye out for it next Spring!

Kevin Curran|Citizens                   Caitriona Lally| Eggshells          Jan Carson|Children's Children



Wexford's finest festival of literature is back with more author talks, panel discussions, opens mics and everything in between. This year Liberties author Frankie Gaffney will be part of the line up, following his debut novel, the high-octane and gritty Dublin Seven

From 11.30 - 12.45 on Saturday morning, May 28th, Frankie will be part of a panel of The Debut Novelists, where he'll be giving us an insider account of what it's like to publish your first novel.

 Frankie Gaffney

Frankie Gaffney

  Dublin Seven

Dublin Seven



Listowel Writers' Week is an internationally renowned festival of all things literary in the stunning, historical surroundings of Listowel, Co. Kerry. The festival was founded in 1970, and has since become the highlight of the Irish literary calendar. 

We are delighted to announce that our Caitriona Lally will be participating in the festival on Thursday, June 2nd. Caitriona be in conversation with William Wall at 4.45pm in the Listowel Arms Hotel. Caitriona was nominated in 'The Best Newcomer' category in the Irish Book Awards, 2015 for her stunningly original debut novel Eggshells. Come and see what all the fuss is about - you won't be disappointed! 

Listowel's famous bookshop Woulfe's, will be hosting the launch of An Island Community - The Ebb And Flow Of The Great Blasket Island, by Mícheál de Mórdha. on Friday, 3 June, at 12.30 pm. Brendan Griffin T.D. has kindly agreed to do the honours, with the irrepressible  Billy Keane as MC. Also present will be Liberties author and poet, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, translator extraordinaire of the original version 'Scéal agus Dán Oileáin'. Gabriel is the author of the wonderful The Lonesome Road: Collected Poems, 1984-2004, and A Middle-Aged Orpheus Looks Back On His Life. 


 Beautiful Listowel

Beautiful Listowel



The Belfast Book Festival is upon us! In June that is. Check out all the details below...


Frankie Gaffney, author of Dublin Seven, will be speaking on Monday the 13th of June, at 7pm with Irish author Rob Doyle, in a talk moderated by Paul McVeigh.  

Jan Carson, author of the stunning short story collection Children's Children will be participating in 'Irish Women Short Story Writers' on Tuesday, June 14th.

Dr Harry Barry, author of the phenomenally successful Flagging Anxiety And Panic will be speaking about depression, anxiety and mental health in an event with Tara West (author of the forthcoming Happy Dark: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery, on Wednesday 15th June at 1.15pm

'Everything Leaves Marks' exhibition based on Jan Carson's short story collection Children's Children launches on Thursday, June 16th. 

Kevin Curran, author of Beatsploitation, and Citizens will be reading on the 16th of June, alongside Dermot Bolger, at 6.30pm.

Aloysius Tempo and Sinker author Jason Johnson will be talking crime fiction on June 16th with Gerard Brennan and Steve Cavanagh. 

***We are delighted to announce***

Our newest author, R.B. Kelly, author of the fantasy thriller, Edge of Heaven, will be launching her debut novel as part of the festival, on the 10th of June at 6.15pm. All welcome!

One last one... 

On Friday the 17th of June (8pm) several Liberties authors will be taking part in Northern Lights, a series of fantastic readings from some of the brightest writers to adorn Northern Ireland. Expect to see: Jan CarsonRB Kelly, Jane Talbot, Tony Macauley, Peter Hollywood, Moyra DonaldsonJason JohnsonTara West and Kelly Creighton & more tba!

Dalkey Book Festival 16th-19th June

What could be better than a book festival in the most literary seaside town in the country? The Dalkey book festival is a melting pot for writers from all over the world. Over the years, Salman Rushdie, Lenny Abrahamson and Seamus Heaney have all taken part. This year, we are delighted that our own authors Frankie Gaffney, Jan Carson and Harry Barry  will be throwing their hats into the ring.  

On Sunday, June 19th at 14.45pm, Frankie will be taking part in Love/Hate meets Ulysses via Shakespeare - a conversation with the Irish film-maker Ferdia Mac Anna about the past and future of Irish literature.

On Saturday, June 18th, at 6pm, Jan Carson will take part in a panel discussion - The Long and Short of It with Sinéad Gleeson, Claire Louise Bennett, and Joanna Walsh. 

On Sunday,  June 19th at 4pm, Dr Harry Barry will be speaking about his new book Flagging Anxiety: How To Reshape Your Anxious Mind And Brain in the event: Anxiety: How to Reshape Your Anxious Mind, with Irish journalist and fellow author Cathy Kelly. 

In the mean time, enjoy the views and picture yourself there in early June...

See you there! 



West Cork welcomes us with open arms to a festival full of author readings, open mic nights, coffee-fuelled conversations, painting exhibitions and even a literary dip in Bantry Bay. What more could you ask for? 

Caitriona Lally - author of the whimsically insightful Eggshells, will be taking part in the festival this year with a reading on Monday, the 18th of July at 13.00, in Bantry Library. This is a free event and open to all. 

Edinburgh Book Festival, 13th-29th August

Sun, stories and Scotland! The Edinburgh Book Festival is celebrating its 33rd year as a prestigious literary event taking place in Scotland's capital city. Jan Carson, author of the illuminative short-story collection Children's Children, will be speaking alongside Lara Williams in the event Smart and Very Human Short Stories on Thursday August 18th from 8:30pm-9:30pm at the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre.

 A past Edinburgh Book Festival in full swing

A past Edinburgh Book Festival in full swing


There you have it. With a variety of venues, authors, events and more genres than you can handle, there's enough literary talent to sink a ship. 

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