INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Irish author, journalist and historian Tim Pat Coogan will officially open the 2013 Trevor/Bowen Literary Festival in Mitchelstown on Friday, July 19.
Once again, organisers of the festival have put together a fascinating and thought provoking programme for the three-day event featuring host prominent literary figures.
The official opening will be followed by keynote address by Tom McAlindon on the convergence of comedy and tragedy in the fiction of William Bowen.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the return to his roots of Prof Fr Brendan O'Mahony, who will deliver a speech on his recently published memoir 'The Last Word' at the Firgrove Hotel on Saturday, July 20.
Other festival highlights will include a speech by Hilary Lennon entitled 'Frank O'Connor and the Free State Short Story' and an evening in the company of Julia O'Faolain, who will talk about the changing views of the short story.
The winner of this year's prestigious Trevor/Bowen International Short Story competition, Eleanor O'Reilly, will also read from her winning entry 'Saints and Sinners'.
For full details of festival events, venues and admission prices visit www.mitchelstownlit.com