The Kate O’Brien Weekend, held in Limerick for the last 29 years, took place from the 22nd to 24th of February 2013. This year’s theme was “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times”. The Weekend is a celebration of books, authors and readers and commemorates the achievements of Limerick-born author, Kate O’Brien. This year’s event was hugely successful with a wide and varied group of speakers. Details of the 2013 Kate O’Brien Weekend are available in our Archives section.
Next year will be the 30th Kate O’Brien Weekend which will coincide with Limerick City’s designation as National City of Culture 2014. The dates for your diary are the 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd February 2014.
The opening/launch will be on Thursday evening of February 20th.
About Kate O’Brien
Kate O’Brien was born into a prosperous Limerick family in 1897. She began her writing career in 1926 and Without My Cloak, a novel written in 1930, was her first best seller. Other works include The Ante Room, That Lady, The Land of Spices and The Last of Summer. Although frequently returning to Limerick, the inspiration for much of her work, Kate O’Brien spent the latter part of her life in England. She died in 1974.
The Origins of the Kate O’Brien Weekend
In 1984 Arlen House held a seminar in Limerick to mark the tenth anniversary of Kate O’Brien’s death. Arising from the success of this event, the Kate O’Brien Committee was formed and it was decided to hold an annual literary weekend in Limerick in honour of the city’s most famous deceased author.