A FESTIVAL in honour of expat author Kate O’Brien is set to take place in her Irish hometown of Limerick.  

Limerick was O´Brien´s home town
Limerick was O´Brien´s home town

Bookworms and literary giants will will flock to the three-day Limerick Literary Festival starting on February 20.

O’Brien lived in Spain during the 1920s and was a supporter of the leftist cause during the Spanish Civil War.

Her political travel diary Farewell Spain was a compelling mouthpiece for her socialist ideologies.

As a feminist, O’Brien’s novels also promoted gender equality, focusing on young women yearning for independence.

O’Brien died aged 76 in 1974. The Limerick Literary Festival was conceived ten years later to commemorate the anniversary of her death.