Howth Literary Festival
The Howth Literary & Arts Festival will take place in the beautiful environs of Howth Castle from June 9th to 11th, 2017. This, the third year of the Festival, we continue our literary and artistic programme to include drama, cultural history and literary arts events. Our opening event begins with an exploration of Balscadden Bay and its mystic influence reflected in the work of WB Yeats, JP Donleavy and Lobsang Rampa, while singer and local resident Jeannette Byrne will outline the significance of her childhood home Balscadden Cottage. Vandra Costello will chart the history and development of formal gardening with illustrations from her work Irish Demesne Landscapes, 1660-1740. Acclaimed historian and chairman of the Irish Tree Society Thomas Pakenham will be joined ‘In Conversation With’ Matthew Jebb, director of the National Botanic Gardens. Our literary and poetry ‘In Conversation With’ series includes; Claire Keegan & Derek Hand (DCU); Mary O’Malley, Paula Meehan & Nerys Williams; Ruadhán Mac Cormaic & Gary Murphy (DCU); Peter Cunningham, Mick Herron & Theo Dorgan; Julie Parsons, Michele Forbes & Hiliary Fannin.