Goldsmith Festival 2021

The Goldsmith Festival is scheduled to take place over the June Bank Holiday weekend, June 4-6 2021. . At this stage it is envisaged that it will be an entirely “virtual online” event.

Our theme for 2021 is decided and we are currently putting the final touches to our line up of speakers and events. Further details will follow shortly.


The Deserted Village”

As ‘Rural virtues leave the land’

The Economic, Environmental and Social sustainability of Irish Agriculture.

Goldsmith Online Festival 2020

Videos of this event are available here

The 36th Goldsmith Festival was due to take place over the June Holiday Weekend from May 29th – May 31st 2020

Due to Covid-19 the committee have decided to cancel this years festival. We sincerely thank the many speakers and contributors who had agreed to take part in 2020 and we hope to see you all in 2021.

2020 THEME

With 2020 being the 250th anniversary of the publishing of Goldsmith’s great poem, “The Deserted Village” in 1770, it is appropriate that this years festival will centre on this poetic masterpiece and it’s themes. With Irish Agriculture, particularly the Beef Industry, coming under increasing pressure on both the economic and climate fronts, this years theme seeks to explore the future for the Irish beef and indeed wider food industry.

Our Theme:

“The Deserted Village”

As ‘Rural virtues leave the land’

What now for Irish Agriculture and it’s ‘Bold Peasantry’

Goldsmith Festival Poetry Competition

in Association with Nally Bros., Ballymahon

has been postponed.

All existing entries will be valid for the rescheduled Competition, details of which will be posted here. Any entrants who would like to withdraw their poems may receive a refund of thier entry fee by applying to goldsmithpoetry@gmail.com.

€800 in Prizes

Online entry Available

Rules and Entry form Here

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The Committee of the Goldsmith International Literary Festival would like to thank our Funding Agencies for their help in making the event possible.