The Kate O'Brien Weekend is a celebration of books, authors and readers and commemorates the achievements of Limerick-born author.

Although the Weekend has been held in Limerick for the past 29 years, this is the first time it has been incorporated into the Limerick Literary Festival. 2014 is a special year for both Limerick - the 2014 City of Culture - and the festival as it marks the 40th anniversary of Kate O'Brien's death and the 30th anniversary of the weekend event.

Kate O'Brien is best known for her 1934 novel The Ante Room, 1941's The Land of Spices and That Lady, published in 1941. Her debut novel Without my Cloak won the 1931 James Tait Black Prize.

The stellar line-up of speakers include Duchesse de Magenta Amelie de Mac-Mahon who will open the festival, Clare Tomalin, Michael Frayn, Anne Enright, Elaine Fox, Peter Cunningham, Siobhan Parkinson, Michael Longley, Selina Guinness, Niall MacMonagle, Frank McGuinness, Edna O’Brien and Michael Murphy and all events will take place in either 69 O’Connell Street or the Limetree Theatre.

€150 will buy you a weekend pass inclusive of all events (discounted weekend passes for OAPs and students are €120. The recital and Edna O'Brien lecture both cost €20 and all other sessions are €15.