The next Irish Arts & Writers Festival will take place in October 2020

"There's no better way to celebrate the relationship between our nations, whose histories are so closely intwertwined, than by creating an Irish Writers Festival in the Bay Area..." - Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

2018 Program

More than 20 authors, artists and poets flocked to the Bay Area for the third annual Irish Arts & Writers Festival held in Los Gatos, Berkeley, SF & Oakland, Oct. 11th – 15th. In its third year, the festival once again showcased the best in contemporary Irish arts and literature.

2018 Aer Lingus Winner

We are pleased to announce Andrea Qureshi, resident of Los Gatos, as the winner of two Aer Lingus roundtrip tickets from SFO to Ireland. Thank you to Aer Lingus for partnering with the Irish Arts & Writers Festival.

2018 Writing Contests

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2018 Irish Arts & Writers Festival’s Short Story Contest as ZoĆ« Comyns. The winner of the Shirley McClure Poetry Contest is Susan Sample. Special thanks to Paul Muldoon, Declan Meade and our judging team.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Culture Ireland, Irish Consulate, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ireland Funds, Aer Lingus, Kerrygold, Alice Phelan Sullivan Corporation, Los Gatos Lodge, Whitney Modern, Ranger Pipelines, Irish Literary & Historical Society, Crossroads Irish American Festival, San Francisco Cork Sister City, UICC, Teeling, McTeagues, Los Gatos Lodge, Charley's Los Gatos.