The Oliver Goldsmith Summer School is the third oldest event of its type in Ireland. Held annually over the June bank holiday weekend it takes place in the South Longford-Westmeath area that is becoming increasingly known as Goldsmith Country. This is a unique cultural, literary and social event promoting the heritage and works of Oliver Goldsmith. It was re-branded from 'The Goldsmith Summer School' in 2006 and the event is now known as 'The Goldsmith International Literary Festival'. It has recently undergone a transformation to become more cutting edge and to address some of the most topical and controversial issues facing 21st century Ireland. Building on its previous twenty-plus years, it has established itself as one of the foremost and most highly respected schools of its type in Ireland with all aspects of Goldsmith's life, writings, and society having been explored over the years. A huge variety of renowned critics, politicians, poets, commentators and academics have stimulated audiences over that time. The school has been one of the main driving forces behind the renaissance in interest in Goldsmith exemplified by the recent publication of a brand new edition of "The deserted Village", and the rededication of Goldsmith's grave in London.
Date: This years Literary Festival takes place from the 1st to the 3rd June 2012.
Venue: Ballymahon and various other venues.
Directions: Take the N63 from Longford and take a left turn onto the R397 in the direction of Kenagh and Ballymahon, then take a left turn onto the R392 which takes you into the town of Ballymahon.