The Lit Young Writers Festival is back for their fifth year of wonderful workshops, powerful poetry, spectacular spoken word, amazing authors, intriguing interviews, and some enchanting performances as part of Ireland’s only reading and writing festival for 15 – 19-year-olds.
The festival runs from Weds. 17th to Saturday 20th Nov. This year the festival will be a blended experience with both in-person and online events with an incredible list of guests including Irish Times best seller Caroline Busher (The Ghost Of Magnificent Fiction, The Girl Who Ate The Stars and The Legend of Valentine Sorrow) who will be running two workshops during the festival one for teenagers on Historical Fiction Writing and a Gothic Fiction workshop.
Another interesting event of the festival is ‘Voices From Direct Provision’ which will also take place in St Patricks Gateway. This new book is a showcase of new pieces of writing written by people currently living in direct provision in Ireland writing about their experiences of the system as part of a campaign to provide human faces and voices to the numbers of those oppressed by the State.
The festival also has online interviews with international writers including Bill Koningsberg ( from the US), Also from the US is Raven aka The Acid Bath Princess – talking about her online satire comedy that turned nasty when the audience thought they were real, Australian novelist Sophie Gonzales is also interviewed and one irish act – Hip-Hop Singer – Uppbeat all will be streamed through their social media platforms.