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


Due to the current emergency situation regarding 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.

We also hope to enlarge our winter Festival in Nov 2020.

In the meantime we hope everybody stays safe and well.

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.