Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival

Welcome to our 2021 Literary Festival

Angela Tuite – Chairperson  Edgeworth Literary Festival Committee.

Welcome to our first ever virtual Literary Festival. This year the festival committee are delighted to announce a collaboration with a new initiative ‘Digital Edgeworth Network: University College Cork and University of Oxford, in collaboration with the National Library of Ireland and Bodleian Libraries’ This is a very prestigious collaboration and is funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council under the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Network Call’ (grant numbers AH/V002287/1 and IRC/voo2287/1). We’d also like to thank Mary Carleton Reynolds and Creative Ireland Longford as well as Poetry Ireland for their ongoing support.

Below you will find our virtual events, biographies and introductions. We hope you will enjoy this program of events and if you would like to support us financially then please consider making a donation 

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Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir

...introduces the 'Digital Edgeworth Project'

Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir, School of English, University College Cork introduces the ‘Digital Edgeworth Project’ (DEN). Its aim is to explore and analyze the manuscript archive of the celebrated author Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) and the Edgeworth family, an archive that is divided between the Bodleian and the NLI. The DEN focuses on establishing collaborations between disciplines, between institutions, and between researchers and the community in order to establish optimal approaches to the application of digital tools and methods to this manuscript archive in order to unlock and enhance its potential for scholarly research and for cultural and heritage tourism in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.

John Connell

...multi award winning author, film producer and former investigative journalist

John Connell is a multi award winning author, investigative journalist, documentary producer and columnist for the Irish independent. His debut memoir The Cow Book was a bestseller and is being adapted to a documentary his latest book The Running Book was released in late 2020.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin

...2020 Artist In Residence at The Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris

ANNEMARIE NÍ CHURREÁIN is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) and Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). She is a recipient of The Next Generation Artist Award from the Irish Arts Council and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. She is a former literary fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany and the Jack Kerouac House of Orlando. Ní Churreáin was the 2019-20 Writer in Residence at Maynooth University of Ireland and a 2020 Artist In Residence at The Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. Her second full-length poetry collection is forthcoming with The Gallery Press in 2021. Visit


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