The University of Limerick Creative Writing Festival will take center stage in May


UL’s Creative Writing Festival will once again take center stage this year as literary legends travel to Limerick to share their advice, insights and views on their most beloved works.

Described as the highlight of early summer for all readers and book lovers, the UL Creative Writing Festival returns for 2022, featuring a stellar line-up of award-winning international writers.

These include The Commitments creator Roddy Doyle, who will lead a reading with award-winning author and University of Limerick writer-in-residence Kit deWaal.

Audiences will also be treated to Limerick-born, widely traveled author Kevin Barry, noted for Night Boat To Tangier, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize.

Danielle McLaughlin, Donald Ryan, Joseph O’Connor, Louise Kennedy, Sebastian Barry and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald are also on the schedule of events.

Poets of the day include Emily Cullen, Kayssie Kandiwa, Sean Hewitt, Rachael Hegarty and Jane Clarke.

The Festival will include the launch of the 2022 edition of UL’s literary journal The Ogham Stone and readings of UL’s unique “Creative Writers In The Community” module, led by Eoin Devereux.

The event lineup will see a mix of poetry, prose, talks, writing tips and book signings.

The festival runs from Friday 20th May to Sunday 22nd May at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance building, located past the Living Bridge on North Campus.

Weekend tickets are available for €35, with discounts to €20. These include access to all events over the three-day weekend.

For more details on the program of events or to book, see


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