NEWS — 19 February 2014

By Shelley Marsden

ORGANISERS of the 2014 Limerick Literary Festival have confirmed that, on receipt of medical advice, Edna O’Brien is unable to travel to Ireland to participate in this weekend’s festival.

They 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.

The Festival, which gets underway tomorrow evening and continues through Sunday, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Limerick-born novelist and playwright Kate O’Brien, regarded one of Ireland’s best known literary figures.

For a full listing of all events and booking details visit www.limerickliteraryfestival.com or contact the booking office at 00353 0 61774774.

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