ORGANISERS of the annual Mitchelstown Trevor/Bowen Literary Festival have been forced to make a last minute change to the line up after a key note speaker was forced to cancel due to illness.
Celebrated Irish novelist and short story writer Julia O'Faoláin, the daughter of Irish writers Seán Ó Faoláin and Eileen Gould, had been due to speak as part of the festival next Saturday night but has had to cry-off due to ill health.
However, festival secretary Liam Cusack has moved swiftly to find a replacement, and has scored something of a coup.
Liadain O'Donovan, the daughter of renowned Irish writer Frank O'Connor, is now set to speak at the event in the Kingston College Chapel. It is very rare that she agrees to speak in public.
"We hope that Julia makes a speedy return to full health," said Mr Cusack. "We are in a very fortunate position to have secured the services of Liadain, who will speak in Julia's place.
"Liadain rarely gives public talks, so it will make for a very special and unique occasion to hear her speak about her father," he added.