Save the date! the 2018 festival will take place from 4-7 October 2018

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About Dromineer Literary Festival 2017

The fourteenth annual Dromineer Literary Festival took place from October 6-8 2017. From its first event in November 2004, the Dromineer Literary Festival has grown into a much loved and warmly anticipated event on the autumn literary calendar. The festival has now an international reputation with entries to the 2017 writing competitions from Ireland, the UK, France, Canada, the USA, South America and Hong Kong. 

We are grateful to the Arts Council, Tipperary County Council Arts Office, Waterways Ireland, and to our local sponsors for their continued support.

The 2017 programme reflected the diverse and rich talent of today’s international literary scene. With its breathtaking backdrop, daytime events were held in Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer and afloat on Lough Derg, and we also made a welcome return to the historic Nenagh Castle. The evening programme was held in the intimate environment of Nenagh Arts Centre. 

We were excited and honoured to have welcomed internationally-acclaimed poets Martina Evans, Martin Malone and Geraldine Mitchell reading at the Poetry Evening in Nenagh Arts Centre on Friday, 6 October. A key philosophy of the Dromineer Literary Festival is to celebrate the creativity of emerging writers; in 2017, Dani Gill opened the event with a reading from her debut collection After Love, published earlier that year.

At our Meet the Authors event on Saturday evening, 7 October, we heard from multi-award-winning authors including the war photographer, journalist and short story writer Sándor Jászberényi, novelist and poet Martina Evans and novelist and short story writer Alan McMonagle. These exceptional authors read and discussed their writing with Martin Doyle, Literary Editor at The Irish Times

With the support of its Director, Ian Sansom, the festival has established a connection between the festival and the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Dr Sansom recommended Arthur Seefahrt forward to join Amanda Bell and Edward O’Dwyer at The Launching Party, on Saturday afternoon in Lough Derg Yacht Club. Martina Evans introduced the poetry of these three writers, two of whom, Amanda and Edward, published new collections in 2017.

Award-winning writers Eileen Sheehan and John W. Sexton hosted the 2017 Transition Year writing workshops. Eileen and John have many years’ experience teaching this age group and introduced the pupils to writing techniques as well as inspire and enthuse the participants towards future writing.

Competitions encourage new writing, and some of our winners over the years have gone on to become well known in their craft.  The winning short stories and poetry were announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon at Lough Derg Yacht Club. For 2017 the judges for the adult competitions were Lisa Frank and John Walsh from the independent publishing house Doire Press, while poet and author Geraldine Mitchell judged the Primary Schools' Competition. 

On Sunday afternoon, 8 October, Andrew Tierney discussed his first book, The Doctor’s Wife is Dead; a Victorian non-fiction drama set in his native north Tipperary during the period of the Great Irish Famine in the highly atmospheric and recently restored Nenagh Castle.

For the highly popular Afloat event on Lough Derg, we were delighted to have the talented award-winning short story writer Sara Baume interviewed by Martin Doyle. 

The festival exhibition, entitled Nurture: Before Their Wings Fold, was by artist Yvonne Hennessy. Yvonne’s art is concerned with representing connection, biology and nature through visual art. The work was on view in Lough Derg Yacht Club and at Nenagh Arts Centre throughout the festival weekend.

It was with great sadness that the festival bid farewell to Eleanor Hooker who has been a stalwart of the festival as chair and programmer and to Pat Kelly, Treasurer. We wish them well for the coming years and will miss them hugely.

We hope to see you at the 2018 Festival.

Ger McNulty , Festival Chair


Organising committee contacts:

Chairperson: Ger McNulty Email Ger

Secretary: Margaret Kennedy,