University of Limerick – Creative Writing Festival 20-22 May 2022


A highlight of early summer for all readers and book lovers, the UL Creative Writing Festival returns, featuring a stellar line-up of international, award-winning writers: including Roddy Doyle, Kit deWaal, Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney, Danielle McLaughlin, Donal Ryan, Joseph O’Connor, Louise Kennedy, Sebastian Barry, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, poets Emily Cullen, Kayssie Kandiwa, Sean Hewitt, Rachael Hegarty, Jane Clarke and many more.
The Festival will include the launch of the 2022 edition of UL’s literary journal The Ogham Stone and readings from our unique “Creative Writers In The Community” module, led by Eoin Devereux. Poetry, prose, talks, writing tips, book signings.

All events taking place in the beautiful Irish World Academy of Music & Dance building.
Weekend tickets are €35 / Concessions €20 and include access to all events.

Special thanks to University Concert Hall, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, and RTE Supporting the Arts. Our beautiful poster is by graphic designer and poet Colm Brennan, MA (Creative Writing). All events are subject to change.

Media and other enquiries may be made to Festival Director Prof Joseph O’Connor: (no apostrophe in the surname)
Administrative Support:



11.00am-1pm: Creative Writers in the Community event, with Eoin Devereux and guests.
To include brief readings from UL Creative Writing teachers. This event featuring local schools is closed to the public.

2.30 – 3.30pm: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and Sheila Killian (reading from their work)

4.00 – 5.15pm: Ogham Stone launch. Readers/speakers tbc.

5.45 – 6.45pm: Poetry reading by Seán Hewitt, Rachael Hegarty and Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi.

7 -8pm: Kevin Barry and Lisa McInerney, reading, introduced by Joseph O’Connor. Followed by book signing.
Bill and Denise Whelan are delighted to support this event.


10.30 -11. 45am: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald presents ‘Five Habits for Creative Writers: Evidence-based Insights on How Writers Get Their Work Done.’

12- 1.30pm: Kit deWaal on ‘Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Writer’.

2- 3pm: Poetry Reading with Emily Cullen, Kayssie Kandiwa and Jane Clarke, introduced by Eoin Devereux.

3.15 – 4.15pm: Danielle McLaughlin and Louise Kennedy, reading. Followed by book signing.

5 -6pm: Roddy Doyle and Kit deWaal, reading. Followed by book signing.


11am – 12.30pm: Creative Writers in the Community, part 2, with Eoin Devereux and guests. This event is open to the public.

1- 2 pm: Sebastian Barry and Donal Ryan, reading.
Followed by signing until 2.30pm. This event is generously sponsored by O’Mahony’s Booksellers in celebration of their 120th birthday.

Please Click HERE for Author Biographies

The Department of Special Collections & Archives at the Glucksman Library is delighted to offer a tour of its literary treasures to those attending the 2022 UL Creative Writing Festival.

The department collects and preserves special collections of rare books and Irish literary papers. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the unique archives of writers such as Kate O’Brien, Maurice Walsh, Michael Curtin, Seán Lysaght and many more. There will also be an opportunity to view some of the fine bindings in the collections as well as very rare first editions. Tours MUST be booked in advance.
Please book your tour place by emailing or telephoning 061-202690

Tours available at the following times
Friday 20th May: 14.00 & 15.00
Saturday 21st May: 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 & 15.00

To Book your UL Creative Writing Festival Weekend Ticket please click belowBOOK TICKETS

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