Past Events

Day of Kalevala in Kuhmo on February 28th.

The Day of Kalevala will be held in Kuhmo on February 28th at 3 p.m. (UPC +2). The program includes folk, runosinging, kantele music and a dance performance. The celebration will be seen online from Juminkeko’s YouTube channel. #CityofLit, #Kuhmo, #Juminkeko.

Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2021 Online

All Events take place live on Facebook, are free of charge and open to everyone. All Events are in English and French with English subtitles.


International Literature Festival Dublin.

The International Literature Festival Dublin takes place from 20th to 30th May 2021 with a truly international line-up of over 120 authors & artists from 26 countries. Book yourself in for live online talks, readings, performances, self-guided audio walks, podcasts & more! There’s something for everyone at Courtesy of International Literature Festival Dublin.

Experience Kalevala Virtual Launch.

During the launch, (at 19.30hrs Finnish Time) the Experience Kalevala culture route will be introduced, from Helsinki via Lohja and Espoo to Kajaani and finally to Kuhmo. Pick up the right experiences and route for you, whether it's an urban city tour or traveling the whole route from Helsinki to Kainuu. Stories have been an […]

62nd Yeats International Summer School 2021 online.

For the first time in its distinguished history, the School will be delivered online, offering lectures and seminars on a weekly basis between June 18th and August 6th 2021. Download the full programme here: Lectures will need to be booked via EventBrite: Lectures: €10 each All ten lecturers: €85 Five lectures: €45 SEMINAR BOOKING […]

West Cork Literary Festival

35+ events throughout July incl live zooms, pre-recorded interviews, outdoor events, workshops. Tickets for Bantry events +3532752788, all other tickets online. View The Festival Programme HERE. Courtesy of West Cork Literary Festival.

Tread Softly Festival 2021.

Sligo Sligo, Ireland

Tread Softly festival takes place from 2nd to 21st of August 2021 with a mixture of different forms: either at a physical location, through a digital platform, or a mixture of the two. Download the Festival Programme HERE

A History of Irish Women’s Poetry.

On Thursday, 12 August, at 7pm, MoLI, in partnership with the Embassy and Consulates General of Ireland in the UK, presents the online launch of A History of Irish Women's Poetry, a ground-breaking and comprehensive account of Irish women's poetry from earliest times to the present day. The event will feature the book's editors, Ailbhe […]

Wigtown Book Festival 2021.

Wigtown Book Festival taking place from 22nd September to October 4th 2021. Check Out The Exciting Programme HERE. Wigtown, is designated Scotland's National Book Town and is home to a community of booksellers and literary events.

Raftery Returns Poetry Competion

Cill Aodáin Hotel Kiltimagh, Mayo, Ireland

Friday, October 1st at 7pm in Cill Aodáin Hotel Kiltimagh. Shortlist: Daragh Byrne – As it is in Heaven Art O’Suilleabhan – No Going back John McGrath – Leaving (July 1st 1966) The winner will be announced and the prizes presented by the competition judge, Ger Reidy, on Friday October 1st in The Cill Aodain […]

The Pleinair Experience

Thoor Ballylee Galway, Ireland

The Pleinair Experience Saturday 23rd at Yeats Thoor Ballylee tower & grounds, Sunday 24th Kava Courthouse Studio village and pier, Kinvara. Monday 25th free Paint Out varied venues. €25 one day - €40 two days.


The Little Prince on Planet Earth – Children’s Creative Workshop.

The Little Prince is a novella by french aviator and writer Antoine de Saint -Exupéry. This well loved children’s book, first published in 1943, has sold over 140 million copies. The story follows a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth, and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Come join […]


Samhain at the Yeats Building, Sligo.

Yeats BUIuilding Sligo Hyde Bridge, Sligo, Sligo, Ireland

The Samhain event at The Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo runs over two days: starts on Friday 29th October and ends on Saturday 30th October.

C.S Lewis Festival Belfast

Belfast , Northern Ireland

C.S. Lewis Festival will take place at various locations across east Belfast from 18 – 22 November 2021. This year’s programme includes festival favourites such as guided walking tours of Strandtown and Belfast City Cemetery, children’s storytelling in Holywood Arches Library and the annual festive market and Christmas lights ‘switch on’ in C.S. Lewis Square. […]

Dingle Literary Festival

Dingle Kerry, Ireland

This year’s book festival will take place across the weekend of 19-21 November 2021. Find out more HERE.

Welcome The Festive Season At The Dumfries Winter Gaitherin’

On December 3rd, Dumfries High Street will be welcoming the festive season into the town centre with a wintery celebration! Produced by The Stove Network and supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council, this special community event will be warming up the town centre with a variety of family friendly activities, live music, performance, and plenty […]

At Home in the World

Luke Gibbons and Tom Inglis present: ‘At Home in the World’: John McGahern, the Local and the Global.


Celebration of the Centenary of the Publication of Ulysses

The Rostrevor Inn 33-35 Bridge St, Rostrevor,, Newry, Northern Ireland

On 2nd February, to coincide with his 40th birthday in 1922, Sylvia Beech, owner of the literary bookshop Shakespeare and Company and Parisian publisher, delivered the first copies of what became known as one of the world's most infamous novels into the hands of the author, James Joyce. 100 years later there will be worldwide […]


Creative Finland In Tokyo

Europe Direct office of Kainu is hosting an EC Day event around Spot-lit, “In our second international project ′′ Business of Literature Zones ′′ we are looking for new ways to use local literature, writers and their artwork topics to increase tourism and diversify tourism services. Literature travel is being developed in partner areas […]

Big Bang Week 2022.

Running from 9-12 March 2022, Big Bang is our festival of space and science, which responds to the beauty of Galloway’s unspoilt night sky and the fact that Scotland’s National Book Town sits on the edge of the UK’s first International Dark Sky Park. Galloway Forest Park was designated by the International Dark-Sky Association as […]

Literary Tourism The Next Chapter: Closing Conference.

Join us for the Spot-lit virtual Closing Conference on Tuesday March 22nd from 10.00 to 11.30am GMT. Discover the wonderful array of new literary tourism experiences brought to market by the our partners across Finland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Ireland. Experience the literary locations across the NPA region through some stunning video footage and hear […]


Raftery Returns 100k Cycle.

100k cycle from Raftery’s grave in Killeeneen Co. Galway to his birthplace in Kiltimagh – following his journey in his famous poem Cill Aodain.