Organisers of the Limerick Literary Festival have today (Wednesday, 19 February 2014) confirmed that on receipt of medical advice Edna O’Brien is unable to travel to Ireland to participate in this weekend’s festival.
Festival organisers have confirmed that award winning novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry has been added to the 30th annual Festival programme in Ms. O’Brien’s absence.
Sebastian Barry’s novels and plays have won numerous awards including the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Costa Book of the Year award, the Irish Book Awards Best Novel, the Independent Booksellers Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He also had two consecutive novels, ‘A Long Long Way’ (2005) and *The Secret Scripture* (2008), shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children. The film of *The Secret Scripture*, starring Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave, will begin shooting in Ireland in May. His new novel, The Temporary Gentleman, will be released in April by Faber and Faber.
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