Colm Tóibín and Terry Waite CBE have been confirmed as keynote speakers at this year's Immrama Festival of Travel Writing.
Immrama, which takes place this June 15-18, has been attracting big names to the small town of Lismore, Co. Waterford now for 18 years.
Tóibín and Waite, the humanitarian and author who famously spent almost five years as a hostage in Beirut, will both speak on Saturday, June 17.
Other contributors on this year's line-up include journalist and author Des Ekin, writer and documentary maker Tom Feiling and adventurer and author Andre P. Sykes. The 2017 festival theme is ‘Emigration, Exile and Slavery’.
The theme "sadly reflect issues which are as relevant today as they were during the era of Colm Tóibín’s ‘Brooklyn’ and Des Ekin’s ‘The Stolen Village’ of the 1600s," said Councillor Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford, at the programme launch.
"The Immrama festival is always brave and topical in the development of its themes; continually proving to be innovative in its programming."
Tickets range in price from €10 to €25 for paid events.
As well as its legendary literary breakfast (8.30am on Sunday, June 18), Immrama is reprising its young travel writer’s competition; with students invited to write an 800-word short story about their favourite air journey and where it took them.
On the final day of the festival a ‘Family Fun Sunday’ will take place at the Millennium Park, the Lismore Farmers' Market will line up on castle avenue, and a Sunday evening event focusing on sport and travel is also planned.
Contact 058 53803 or lismoreimmrama.com for more.