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Howth Festival Celebrates Architect Sir Edward Lutyens


How’s about a new arts festival in an amazing location? The 2015 Howth Midsummer Literary Arts Festival will be held for the first time in the historic Lutyens Library in Howth Castle in June. This is the first year of the festival and it will bring together contemporary literature, architecture and heritage. All of our favourite things!

The literary line up is pretty stellar. Five in conversation events will be headlined by Pulitzer Prize winners Richard Ford and Michael Cunningham and Booker Prize winners John Banville, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright.

The festival will also pay homage to architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, a man who had little formal education yet created a remarkable and unique style of architecture. His contribution to Howth and its environs will be discussed in a series of talks by Jane Ridley (Great niece and biographer) who will present a talk titled Edward Lutyes: His Life, His Wife, His Work. Martin Lutyens (Great nephew and Lutyens Trust) will discuss how his style matured and evolved culminating in the building over almost 20 years of New Delhi. Dr Edward McParland (TCD) will talk about Lutyens’ careful remodelling of Howth Castle at the turn of the 20th century and our all time favourite Pecha Kucha speaker Matthew Jebb (Lambay Trust) will look at the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement in Sir Edwin Lutyens remodelling of Lambay Castle on Lambay Island.

Howth Midsummer Literary Arts Festival will be held in the historic Lutyens Library in Howth Castle 5 to 7 June 2015. For tickets and more information please go to www.howthliteraryfestival.com

Image: Sir Edwin Lutyens’ Heywood Garden Plans, courtesy Irish Architectural Archive

This is not an IAF event.