ABOUT

Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival  – October 5th-8th, 2017

Please email Festival Team for further information, and to inquire about sponsor and volunteer opportunities.

The Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival brings together writers and audiences in the historic and intimate town of Los Gatos, CA (located an hour south of San Francisco.) The town has a 22-year-old sister city relationship with Listowel, Ireland, where the internationally acclaimed Writers’ Week has been held for the past 40 years.

Founded and directed by Catherine Barry, The Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival is a project of Irish Culture Bay Area.

Thanks to 2017 festival sponsors: The Consulate General of Ireland, Montalvo Arts Center, Culture Ireland, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Aer Lingus, Kerrygold, Tullamore Dew, Tourism Ireland, Whitney Modern, CB Hannegan’s, Friends of the Los Gatos Library, and the Los Gatos Lodge.

2017 PROGRAM here

WRITING CONTESTS 2017

We are pleased to announce our 2017 festival winners:
Short Story, Keith Brady; McClure Poetry Prize, Jo Burns; Youth Poetry, Lindsay Darbyshire. more

PAT O’LAUGHLIN AWARD

We remember former trial attorney and mayor of Los Gatos, Pat O’Laughlin, who passed away in 2008 leaving behind a grieving community of followers. Pat’s passion for reading and writing poems and short stories led him to the literature program at San Jose State. A regular visitor to Listowel for Writers’ Week, we are proud to remember Pat annually with an award dedicated to his name.

The 2017 O’Laughlin Award was awarded to historian and author James P. Walsh

James P. Walsh is a Los Gatos writer and co-author of Legacy of a Native Son: James Duval Phelan & Villa Montalvo. Walsh received the California Historical Society’s Holliday Award for his (six) books which, taken together, reinterpret the history of the Irish in California. Dr. Walsh is the opening speaker at the 2017 Los Gatos Writers’ Festival, at Phelan’s Montalvo.

The 2016 O’Laughlin Award was awarded to historian and author, Peggy Conaway.

Nominations for future O’Laughlin awards are welcomed. Please email suggestions here.

2016 FESTIVAL IN THE NEWS
The inaugural 2016 Los Gatos festival was held from October 6-9, 2016, and featured readings and workshops with award-winning Irish writers including Mike McCormack, Louise Phillips, Niamh O’Connor, Claire McGowan, Frank Shouldice, Rose Doyle, Jane Clarke and Caroline Bracken.

Oct. 12, 2016: Irish Crime Fiction Writers “Murder in the Morning at Menlo College!” more

San Jose Mercury News, Los Gatos Edition – June 2016 article   September 2016 article

Crime Writer Events on Writing.ie

The Kerryman – Writers’ Week to go Stateside

2016 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

2016 FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

SEE ONLINE VERSION OF 2016 FESTIVAL PROGRAM HERE:

 See photos of 2016 festival here, and participant feedback here