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Literary and book festivals in Ireland 2022

Festival road trips are back!!!

Here’s a comprehensive list of literary, book and reading festivals throughout Ireland in 2022.

I’ve done the research so you don’t have to … all you have to do is decide which festivals to go to!

Thank you to all those organisers who supplied me with information. I wish all festivals great success in 2022! Thank you for helping to keep us book lovers entertained.

Special thanks to Mary McCauley who set up and managed this list up until this year.

If you’d like me to include your festival in the list, or update your information, please email the details to Siobhán Prendergast: info@dinglepublishing.com


Classics Now
21–23 January, Dublin



Ennis Book Club Festival
4–6 March, Ennis, Co Clare

Belfast Children’s Festival
4–13 March, Belfast

NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival
8–10 March*, Belfast

Kanturk Arts Festival
15–19 March*, Kanturk, Co Cork

Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival
24–27 March, Ballydonoghue/Lisselton, Co Kerry


Dublin: One City One Book
1–30 April, Dublin

Cúirt International Festival of Literature
4–10 April, Galway

Franco-Irish Literary Festival
8–10 April, Dublin

Cork World Book Fest
20–25 April*, Cork

Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend
22–24 April, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary

Towers and Tales Lismore Story Festival
29–30 April, Lismore, Co Waterford

Féile na Bealtaine
28 April–2 May, Dingle, Co. Kerry

Annual Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend
30 April–2 May*, Achill Island, Co Mayo



Listowel Writers’ Week
1–5 June, Listowel, Co Kerry

Goldsmith International Literary Festival
3–5 June, various locations in Co Longford

Festival of Writing and Ideas
10–12 June, Borris, Co Carlow

Belfast Book Festival
10–19 June, Belfast

Bloomsday Festival
11–16 June*, Dublin

Dalkey Book Festival
16–19 June, Dalkey, Co Dublin

Immrama – Lismore Festival of Travel Writing
17–19 June, Lismore, Co Waterford

Limerick Literary Festival
18–19 June, Limerick

Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts
23–26 June, Kells, Co Meath


Wexford Literary Festival
1–4 July*, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

West Cork Literary Festival
8–15 July, Bantry, Co Cork

John Hewitt Society International Summer School
25–30 July, Armagh



The Write Time Festival
1–30 September*, Dublin

International Dublin Writers Festival
16–18 September, Dublin

Shaking Bog Nature Writing Festival
10–12 September*, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

Cashel Arts Festival
15–18 September, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

C.S. Lewis Festival
15–18 September, Belfast

Children’s Books Ireland International Conference
22 September, Dublin

Write By The Sea Festival
23–25 September, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford

Aspects Festival
24 September–3 October*, Bangor, Co Down

Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival
30 September–2 October*, Newcastle West, Co Limerick

Bray Literary Festival
30 September–2 October, Bray, Co Wicklow


Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival
30 September–2 October*, Newcastle West, Co Limerick

Bray Literary Festival
30 September–2 October, Bray, Co Wicklow

Dromineer Literary Festival
1–3 October*, Dromineer, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

Echoes: Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers Festival
1–3 October*, Dalkey, Co Dublin

Children’s Book Festival
1–31 October, Libraries countrywide

Kildare Readers Festival
1–17 October*, throughout Co Kildare

Words by Water
 2–5 October, Kinsale, Co Cork

Iron Mountain Literature Festival
5–7 October*, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim

Wild Atlantic Words Literary Festival
5–10 October*, Mayo

Cork International Short Story Festival
6–10 October, Cork

Bookville Festival Kilkenny
7–12 October, Kilkenny

Gerard Manley Hopkins International Literary Festival
8–10 October*, Newbridge, Co Kildare

Dalkey Creates Festival
11–14 October*, Dalkey, Co Dublin

Red Line Book Festival
11–17 October*, Dublin

ISLA (Irish, Spanish and Latin American) Literary Festival
14–16 October*, Dublin

Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention
15–16 October, Croke Park, Dublin

Waterford Writers’ Weekend (part of the Imagine Arts Festival)
21–23 October, Waterford

Omagh Literary Festival: Honouring Benedict Kiely
23 October*, Omagh, Co Tyrone


Leaves Festival of Writing & Music
2–7 November*, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Allingham Festival
3–7 November*, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal

An Fhéile Beag Filíochta
5–7 November*, Baile  an Fheirtéaraigh, Co Chiarraí

Murder One International Crime Writing Festival
6–29 November*, Dublin

Dublin Book Festival
9–13 November, Dublin

Imram Irish Language Literature Festival
11 November–15 December* , Dublin

Festival of Reading and Writing for Young Adults
17–20 November*, Waterford

Rolling Sun Book Festival
15–18 November*, Westport, Co Mayo

The Lit: Festival of Reading and Writing for Young Adults
17–20 November*, Waterford

Dingle Literary Festival
18–20 November, Dingle, Co Kerry

Did not run in 2021 but due to return in 2022

Cancelled for 2022

No information available as yet for 2022

Doolin Writers’ Weekend
Usually held last weekend in January, Doolin, Co Clare

UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Festival
Limerick City

Howth Literary Arts Festival Howth

Co Dublin

Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival
Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Something Wicked Crime Fiction Festival
Malahide, Co Dublin

Hillsborough Festival of Literature & Ideas
Hillsborough, Co Down
@The_JHS (Did not take place in 2021)

John O’Connor Writing School Literary Arts Festival

*2021 dates. The dates for 2022 have not been announced yet. I’ll update this listing when they become available.

If you’d like me to include your 2022 book, literary or reading festival in this 2019 list, please send me the details at info@dinglepublishing.com. Thanks!

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