Literary festivals in Ireland

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Ireland has a strong literary heritage, boasting a host of famous writers and poets, from the oldest, such as Swift, Stoker, Wilde, Joyce and the four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature (Yeats, Shaw, Beckett and Heaney), to the more recent, such as Lewis, McCourt and Moore. Dublin, the birthplace of more Nobel Prize-winners than any other city in the world, is one of the twenty UNESCO Cities of Literature worldwide, one of seven designations within the Creative Cities Network. Ireland pays tribute to its literary figures in statues, museums, cultural centres, pubs and theatres dedicated to famous writers.

Its literary richness does not lie only in the past, however: Ireland remains a nation of writers and passionate readers even today. The OECD’s Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2015 report revealed that Ireland and Finland are the two main countries with the highest number of readers. ‘Irish readers are like no others in the world,’ said The Journal last November, while the 2014/2015 Joint National Readership Survey claimed that four out of every five adults in Ireland read a newspaper regularly. The Carnegie Survey also reported that in 2011 three-quarters of Irish people used public libraries. […]

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