The 28th Goldsmith International Literary Festival takes place this weekend commencing on Friday evening (June 1) in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. Under the chairmanship of Festival PRO Arthur Conlon, the official opening will be performed by newly elected President of the GAA, Liam O’Neill.
This will be followed by a symposium on the theme with the first speaker being Elaine Byrne, recent author of the book “A Crooked Harp” - A history of political corruption in Ireland. Elaine will be followed by former chairman of ISME and regular contributor to radio and television, Eilis Quinlan.
The final speaker will be Cormac Lucey, a regular columnist with the Daily Mail. This will be followed by a panel discussion and finally musical entertainment.
This year’s theme is “Citizens of the World - What can my country do for me ?” In a time when many feel we have lost control of our destiny this year’s event seeks to explore the nature of active citizenship.
Saturday’s events commence with the usual Goldsmith Literary Tour. Beginning in Ballymahon at 11.00am the tour will visit many of the famous sites associated with Goldsmith. Then in Ballymahon Library the festival continues with two accomplished and well known speakers.
Chaired by Larry McCluskey, the first speaker will be Professor Peter Denman from Maynooth followed by well-known actor, producer and raconteur Seamus O’Rourke from Carrigallen will present in his own inimitable way, “Observations from a rural life”.
Finally Saturday’s events will be rounded off with the Goldsmith barbecue an evening of musical entertainment in the famous “Three Jolly Pigeons” pub in Tang, near Athlone.
The festival culminates on Sunday June 3rd with a brand new event. Following the appearance of Sunday Miscellany producer Cliodhna Ni Anluain at last year’s festival, this year the committee are presenting Goldsmith Miscellany.
Featuring a large number of short talks interspersed with music and poetry, this initiative promises to be a highlight of this year’s festival.
The final event for 2012 takes place as usual at Goldsmith’s birthplace, Pallas, with the results of the children’s and adults’ poetry competitions organised under the aegis of the festival and adjudicated upon by poet Noel Monahan. This will also feature Poetry Reading at Pallas by the acclaimed poet Heather Brett.
The Goldsmith International Literary Festival has a very full and exciting programme of events and the hard working committee are looking forward to big attendances and a great weekend. For more information go to goldsmithfestival.ie