You've already read about the best music festivals and arts festivals taking place around the country in the coming months – but if you still have space to fill in your rapidly-swelling summer cultural diary, you may be interested in adding a few literary festivals to your calendar.
There are plenty to choose from in various locations; we've highlighted the biggest and best below.
International Literature Festival Dublin – May 19th - 27th - http://ilfdublin.com/
Taking place in various venues around the capital, the ILF always draws some big names.
This year, they include acclaimed Nigerian author of We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Neil Gaiman, Arundhati Roy and Ruby Wax, as well as double bills with David Mitchell and Deborah Levy, Amy Bloom and Roddy Doyle and Amanda Palmer and Laurie Penny.
Maggie O'Farrell, John Banville and many other names will feature at interviews, talks, walking tours, launches, exhibitions and various Dublin-centric events. If you hurry, you can still catch a couple of events this weekend.
Fantastic @ILFDublin event tonight with Maggie O’Farrell and @sineadgleeson. Pick up a copy of ‘I Am, I Am, I Am’ if you haven’t already. It’s superb. #ILFDublin #ILFDublin2018 pic.twitter.com/KX2nqHA5bU— Steve Boylan (@SteveBoylan) May 22, 2018
Listowel Writers’ Week - May 30th-June 3rd
If you're looking for a reason to visit lovely Listowel, this celebrated festival provides the perfect one. Irish names on this year's programme include Edna O'Brien, Colm Toibin, Sally Rooney, Ruth Fitzmaurice and more; international authors include Jon McGregor, Lidia Yuknavitch, Anthony Horowitz and Margaret Drabble.
There are a number of other marvellous walks, talks, theatre and exhibitions in the mix, too – and even a pop-up Gaeltacht and a poet's corner, for good measure. And would you seriously risk missing out on a talk entitled The Absurdity of Irish Politics with Vincent Browne?
Belfast Book Festival – June 6th-16th
The 8th annual Belfast Book Festival has an eclectic programme to explore across ten days. Highlights include stand-up comedian and author Janey Godley, a talk by entrepreneur and author David Nihill, an evening with Dale Pinnock, 'The Medicinal Chef', and comedian Francesca Kirby discussing society's increasingly strange idea of 'normal'.
Boris Festival of Writing and Ideas – June 8th-10th
There's always a seriously wide-ranging programme of guests at this super festival – but leaving aside the entertainers, musicians and political figures, the literary aspect alone is phenomenally exciting.
This year's guests include everyone from Donna Tartt to Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout to Alan Hollinghurst, Max Porter to Rachel Kushner and hot Irish literary properties Lisa McInerney and Danny Denton. Also: John-Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin and Cillian Murphy. Seriously. Not to be missed.
Dolly Alderton @dollyalderton is just one of the writers at Borris @Writingandideas festival, in conversation with @roisiningle on June 10th – if you need any encouragement, listen to her podcast, Love Stories: https://t.co/oVDakk2v5Z Festival details: https://t.co/tBiGp7mTij pic.twitter.com/X5EfPcttwK— British Council (@ieBritish) May 18, 2018
Dalkey Book Festival – June 14th-17th
It may be small, but boy, does the DBF programme pack a mighty punch. Lionel Shriver, Michael Ondaatje, Deborah Levy, Katherine Boo, Sebastian Junger, Anne Enright, Paul Muldoon and Willy Vlautin are among the authors on this year's bill, while there will be various political talks and interviews (featuring the likes of Robert Fisk, Suki Kim, talks on Brexit and the Middle East and more), a panel featuring film-makers who have adapted books (featuring Lenny Abrahamson, Neil Jordan and more) and a number of 'young reader' events to mull over, too.
Hinterland Festival, Kells – June 21st - 24th -
The festival formerly known as Hay returns to the town of Kells this June with another stellar line-up. John Banville, Lisa McInerney, Maggie O'Farrell, Colm Toibin and more will feature, alongside Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, while there will also be a pair of historical events (Remembering 1918 and Remembering 1968), a celebration of Harry Potter as part of their involvement with Crinniú na nÓg and a number of non-fiction appearances by the likes of Gerry Adams, Guardian journalist Nick Davies and Tracey Corbett-Lynch, sister of murdered Irishman Jason Corbett.
West Cork Literary Festival – July 13th-20th
Literary couple Zadie Smith and Nick Laird head up this year's West Cork Literary Festival, but ignore the rest of the programme at your peril.
Also on the bill are the likes of Deborah Levy and Lara Feigel, Louise O'Neill, Margaret Drabble, Rivka Galkin and more; there are panel discussions, workshops and even yoga classes over the course of the week, while what better place to hear from the creators of the acclaimed West Cork podcast than here?
Write By the Sea Festival – Kilmore Quay, September 28th-30th
The third annual literary-focused festival of this charming Co. Wexford fishing village takes place at the tail-end of summer, but its line-up makes it worth extending your holiday.
Already announced for 2018 are John Banville, Jennifer Johnston and Kit de Waal with Rob Doyle, while numerous workshops and talks are geared towards those with an interest in writing and getting their foot on the literary ladder.
RTÉ's Sinead Crowley will discuss crime writing, musician Eleanor McEvoy will talk about the art of lyrics, while American Theatre founder Richard Hayes will expound upon the work of the renowned Eugene O'Neill. There's plenty more besides...