conor kostick writers workshops dingle literary festival

The Dingle Literary Festival welcomed Conor as a writers’ workshop leader in 2020. Conor Kostick is a writer and historian living in Dublin. As a novelist, he was awarded the Farmleigh writer’s residency for the summer of 2010 and a place on the nominees’ list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 and 2013. At their 2009 awards, the Reading Association of Ireland gave him the Special Merit Award ‘in recognition of his significant contribution to writing for children in Ireland’.

Conor is often asked to judge literary competitions and in 2016 and 2019 was the president of the Irish jury for the EU Prize for Literature.

Conor leads Finish Your Novel, the one-day online creative writing course Date: Friday 20 November TIme: 10.30am to 4.30pm GMT


The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together 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. We present both author events and writers’ workshops. Writers’ workshops are key to the festival.

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’s 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.

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