Literature Festival 2014

The Irrgrønn Festival of Contemporary Irish Literature Oslo took place in the Spring of 2014. The festival saw eight of the brightest voices in Irish Literature come to Oslo to read from their work and to discuss how the recent changes in Irish society were being reflected in its literature. They were joined by the Norwegian author Kjersti Skomsvold to discuss the relationship between Irish and Norwegian culture and literary traditions.

The Festival programme was an array of discussions, workshops, book launches, readings, book signings and literary suppers. Also programmed was a superb family element, including a screening of the much loved “Lost & Found” animation by Northern Irish Artist Oliver Jeffers and a “beastly drawing” workshop with Irish childrens illustrator and author Chris Judge.

A really great time was had by all !


Festival Programme 2014 

Friday 14. March

Unless otherwise stated all Irrgrønn Events will take place in Litteraturhuset Oslo

17.30        Festival Opening Litteraturhuset

18.30        Aifric Campbell and Belinda Mc Keon Readings & Conversation with John Kelly

19.30        Paul Lynch  and Donal Ryan Readings & Conversation with John Kelly


Saturday 15. March

11.00        Children’s Drawing workshop with Chris Judge

11.00        Creative Writing Workshop with Kjersti Skomsvold

14.00        Screening of the Children’s Animation Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers

15.00        Children’s Reading  & Book Launch of Chris Judge’s The Lonely Beast

17.00        Book Launch of John Kelly‘s From Out of The City

18.30        John Kelly & Kjersti Skomsvold in conversation with Belinda Mc Keon

20.00        Anne Enright and Eimear Mc Bride in conversation with Lotta Lundberg


The Writers:

The Line up ...

From Left to Right, Lotta Lundberg, Chris Judge, Anne Enright, Paul Lynch, Festival Directors Sam McManus & Claire McAree, John Kelly, Afric Campbell, Kjersti Skomsvold, Belinda McKeon and Donal Ryan.


We are happy to offer the majority of the Irrgrønn events for FREE

Many thanks to our generous funders; Culture Ireland, Fritt Ord, the Department of Forigen Affairs Ireland,  Cappelen Damn , and Tourism Ireland.

A Special Thank You to the following people and organisations

Jerry O Donovan, Deputy Head of the Irish Embassy Oslo,

Cathrine Wallenius Abramowski & Trine  S. Kolbjørnsen of Målstua,

The Hotel Bristol, Oslo

To our Flash Fiction Judging Panel: Nina Nordbø from NRK Kultur, Pil Cappelen Smith og Andreas Cappelens from Cappelens Forslag and Åsfrid Hegdal Editor of Foreign Fiction at Cappelen Damm.