TV host Graham Norton will headline an Irish writers festival this summer.
Norton will appear at Listowel Writers’ Week on May 30, to coincide with the publication of the paperback of his memoir The Life and Loves of a He-Devil.
Alan Cumming, star of The Good Wife, who has written a recent memoir Not My Father’s Son will also appear at the festival.
Other headlining names will include American author Dennis Lehane, award-winning Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, Andrew O’ Hagan, Neel Mukherjee, Sara Baume, Colin Barrett, Paul Durcan, Patrick Cockburn, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Nick Laird.
Newly appointed Irish Fiction Laureate Anne Enright will open the festival on Wednesday May 27.
Winners of both the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015 and the Pigott Poetry Prize 2015 will be announced, as well as the John B. Keane Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Mercier Press.
A special event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prize winning poet WB Yeats is also scheduled for the festival.
The New Writers’ Salon will return for its third year and will showcase a new tranche of Ireland’s best and most exciting emerging writers of tomorrow.
Irish and international teachers such as Alex Preston, Declan O’Rourke, Lucy Caldwell, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Martina Devlin, John McAuliffe, Peter Fallon, Dr Eibhear Walshe and Shane Connaughton will direct creative writing workshops.
Early Bird Tickets for a number of key events will be available for purchase at the end of March.