The Dingle Literary Festival welcomed Brit Bennett in 2020. Brit is an American writer based in Los Angeles. Her debut novel The Mothers (2016) was a New York Times best-seller. Her second novel The Vanishing Half (2020) was also a New York Times best-seller and was chosen as a Good Morning America Book Club selection. She was part of the Dingle Literary Festival in 2020.
A page-turning exploration of race and identity, Brit Bennett’s third novel The Vanishing Half tells the story of twin sisters who choose to live in very different worlds, one embracing her colour, the other eschewing it in favour of hiding her true background and passing for white. The screen rights to this fascinating tale have already been optioned by HBO in a seven-figure deal.
The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups.
Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It is a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.
The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.