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Arising from the John McGahern seminar which ran from 2007 for eight years, the Iron Mountain Literature Festival was established in 2016, reframed in a wider context involving writers, artists and thinkers from many perspectives. The festival draws much of its motivation from the works and legacy of John McGahern, an approach which has allowed us to curate a wide-ranging literary event combining panels, talks, readings and field trips which look to ideas central to, and arising from, an exploration of place, home and identity.
This year's festival discusses the role of culture in a time of crises of borders and migration and features among others Henry Glassie, Emeritus College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University Bloomington, poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Ireland Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.
As part of the festival Leitrim County Council and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre will present the John McGahern Award to encourage new writing and to pay tribute to John McGahern and the exceptional contribution he made to literature, and to Leitrim.
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