History of the DWW

The Drumshanbo Written Word Festival is an annual event that celebrates literature and writing in the small town of Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland. Started in 2009, the festival features a variety of events, including author readings, panel discussions, workshops, and book launches. Attendees can also enjoy live music and other cultural performances.

Our hopes

The festival aims to bring together both established and emerging writers, as well as readers and literary enthusiasts, to share their passion for the written word. It is a great opportunity to explore the rich literary heritage of Ireland and to discover new voices in contemporary literature.

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DWW Festival – August 2024

This year, due to funding challenges, we are delighted to be going ahead with the Poetry Film event on Friday the 23rd; the Prose workshop with Nuala O’Connor and Poetry workshop with John F Deane on Saturday Morning the 24th; and on Saturday afternoon we have a Writers Salon featuring, The John McGahern’s Kettle Conversation. A living history of stories about John McGahern. If you have a tale to tell, come & tell it. If you have a story to read, come & read it.


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