ABOUT

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

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

The Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival is devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate town of Los Gatos, CA (located an hour south of San Francisco.)

Founded and directed by Catherine Barry, The Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival is hosted by Irish Culture Bay Area, and supported by the Irish Consulate and Culture Ireland.

Los Gatos 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.

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

SEE ONLINE VERSION OF 2016 FESTIVAL PROGRAM HERE:

See photos of 2016 festival here, and participant feedback here

WRITING CONTESTS

We received high standard submissions to our youth and adult poetry and short story contests – see 2016 results here

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

2016 FESTIVAL IN THE NEWS

San Jose Mercury News – Historian Receives Literary Award O’Laughlin Awardee

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 PRESENTING PARTNERS

Listowel Writers’ Week • LitQuake • Irish Culture Bay Area • The Los Gatos Library • The Irish Literary & Historical Society • The Consulate General of San Francisco • C.B. Hannegan’s • Friends of the Los Gatos Library • Town of Los Gatos • Village House of Books • Hotel Los Gatos  • Irish American Bar Association • Irish Network Bay Area • Los Gatos Lodge • Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce • Irish-American Crossroads Festival

2016 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

2016 FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS