Literary Longford takes over for the month of May

Jessica Thompson

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Longford Literary Month to celebrate local writers

Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival: Beata Dzieciol from fifth year in Cnoc Mhuire Granard at the launch of the festival on Monday

Longford is well-known for its literary talent and this May, the county is set to be a literary haven, celebrating some of its most recognisable writers, past and present, in the first ever Longford Literary Month.

This month will be packed with a variety of literary events, trails, tours and workshops ensuring there will be something for absolutely everybody.

The inaugural Literary Longford has been organised in conjunction with Creative Ireland and Longford County Council and author of bestseller, The Cow Book, John Connell has been announced as Longford's first ever Literary Ambassador.

Events kicked off on Thursday, May 2, with Poetry Day Ireland 2019 seeing a number of readings with a selection of Longford poets take place in the Longford Library.

The life and work of Longford writer ‘Leo’ Casey was the topic of conversation on May 7, with local historian, author and librarian Gearoid O'Brien.

But, perhaps the most integral part of Literary Longford is the fact that not one, not two, but three festivals will take place over the coming weeks - starting with the Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival this week.

Longford will celebrate all things Maria Edgeworth from May 9 to 12 with a number of top class events planned for the week.

On May 15 in the Longford Library, acclaimed Granard writer, Noel Monahan, will give a talk called A Poet's View of Longford's Literary Past, focusing on writer and novelist, William Carleton and his influence on Padraic Colum, John Montague, Oliver Goldsmith and Maria Edgeworth.
From May 17 to 18, the second festival will take place in the form of the Padraic Colum International Gathering, which will feature a litany of events including talks and tours. For more information, Padraic Colum Gathering on Facebook.

The annual Goldsmith International Literary Festival will take place in Ballymahon and surrounding areas from May 31 to June 2, bringing the inaugural Longford Literary Month to a fitting end.

There will be a range of other events throughout the month, including a talk by author of Ithaca, Alan McMonagle, on getting published.

A number of creative writing and story workshops will be given by the likes of John Connell, Dani Gill, Darragh Coady, Eileen Moynihan, Valerie Masters and plenty more.

All workshop details can be acquired at 043 33 41124 or creativeireland@longford coco.ie.

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