The eagle has landed….in Belfast.

Some of you may like to know that Belfasts’ first book festival opens on February 24th until March 1st and is to be launched by Jack Higgins, aka Harry Patterson who was brought up in Belfast

I would recommend that you book early.

To book go here

  • The Raven

    I welcome this, but I have to say – I would love to have seen one of our smaller provincial towns run with it. Somewhere well out of the way. Belfast’s continuing attempts to be all things to all people are starting to irk some of us out here in the sticks….

  • New Yorker


    I too welcome it. As to location, where would you suggest?

    What about Armagh, ancient city of learning?

  • The Raven

    NYer – anywhere really.

    One of our smaller towns…nice linear settlement…somewhere with more pubs than houses…you know the type (hard to find though they are).

    Specifically though? What about Armagh? Or indeed even smaller again, somewhere up on the North Coast?

    It’s really just a thought.

  • New Yorker


    Considering that Ireland, North and South, has such an outstanding literary record that nowhere in Ireland is there such a festival as there is at Hay-on-Wye. There are the summer schools and other similar events but this Belfast festival dedicated to books seems a first in Ireland.

    Hay-on-Wye is very successful and it is out in the country, so it makes sense that in Ireland it would do well outside of a city and at another time of the year.

  • Hbf


    “…book early…to book…”

    Nice to see some puns!

    I agree with the idea that the festival would be better if it was outside of Belfast, but to be fair it looks like it’s going to be pretty big (lasting a week, and taking place in “over 30” venues), so that counts any wee small villages out. I think it would work well in somewhere like Armagh or Lisburn, or maybe spread out over several towns.

  • Kathleen

    Hbf, memo to self, read what you post again and again and again 🙂 I didn’t notice those puns…

    Anyhow, I read in the ATN that Will Crawley will be interviewing Jack Higgins, and Will is a tremendous interviewer. He has a relaxed and chatty style, so hopefully it will be a public interview, and not a radio spot.

    As for Belfast, I think its a great idea, why? Saves me on buses, very convenient, so why would I want it anywhere else?

    Some of it will be in the Linen hall library, accordig to the ATN, and since it has been ‘done up’, its very nice.

    Belfast is the place, come here and often.