The country's first writing and literature festival for teenagers, organised by teenagers, takes place this weekend in Waterford.

The LIT Festival of Reading and Writing for Young People is the brainchild of Waterford Youth Art's 14-19 years creative writing group.

The organisers wanted to create a festival that encouraged people of their own age to actively engage with literature and the world of words. 

Under the guidance of their Creative Writing mentor, Eimear Cheasty, grants were attained and a list of writers agreed to take part.

The LIT Festival runs from 10-11 November with workshops, open-mic poetry sessions and writers block workshops with some of the most exciting writers in Irish literature.

It is designed for young people aged 15-19 years of age.

Together with Irish Rail, the LIT team has organised that a carriage or two on the Heuston, Dublin to Waterford 10.15am train this Saturday will be dedicated to writing, with celebrated writers Stephen James Smith and Colm Keegan taking part. 

The festival is being supported by The Arts Council, Irish Writers Centre, Waterford City and County Council, Poetry Ireland, Irish Rail and Waterford Youth Arts and supported by Waterford Library Services.