Young Adult Book Festival 2020 goes digital this year!


Ireland’s biggest & most exhilarating arts festival for Young Adults, in association with Listowel Writers Week, is set to go online – 24th, 25th & 26th November.
Ireland’s young adults are in for a treat on November 24th, 25th and 26th next with an exciting festival line-up of poets, motivational speakers, fiction writers, singers, film-makers and journalists sharing the best of literature across secondary schools nationwide. And the good news is that all events are FREE on our new website

Included in the mix are Bernard Brogan, Pulitzer Prize winner Malachy Browne, Senator Lynn Ruane, Dub-sub confidential John Leonard, Young Adult writers Dave Rudden and Sarah Crossan, film-makers Jon-Hozier Byrne and Patrick Ryan. Poets and singers Ciara Ní É, Lorraine Nash, Frank the Rapper and Seamus Harty will perform and talk about their craft.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is a Presidential address from President Michael D. Higgins on our theme of ‘hope’. There are two educational presentations on Leaving Cert Paper One from English teaching experts Frances Rocks and Kevin Mc Dermott. The programme also includes advice on creativity from Young Offenders star Shane Casey and Minister for Education Norma Foley. Another highlight will be a lively discussion by our St. John’s Focus Group on recent books they have read.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of arts education in Ireland with this one of a kind, stimulating online festival”, commented Listowel Writers’ Week chairperson Catherine Moylan.

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