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2021 Iron Mountain Festival to go ahead online

While it is unlikely that we will be able to physically come together in Leitrim for this year's Iron Mountain festival, we will be holding a series of events online in the week running up to Saturday 9th October when we will be announcing the recipient of this year's John McGahern Award. 

Further details of this year's programme will be published in the coming weeks. 

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 John McGahern Award.

As part of the Iron Mountain Literature Festival, and with the support of the McGahern Estate, Leitrim County Council developed the John McGahern Award to encourage the development of emerging Irish writers and to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution of John McGahern to literature, and to Leitrim.

John McGahern is one of Ireland’s most respected and celebrated authors. His fiction is critically acclaimed internationally, has been translated into many languages and has appeared in many anthologies. He was a member of Aosdána and won numerous awards, including the Irish-American Foundation Award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix Etranger Ecureuil. He taught at universities in Ireland, England, the USA and Canada. Amongst Women, which won both the GPA and Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a BBC television series.

The recipient of the 2021 John McGahern Award, who receives a prize of €2,500, will be announced on Saturday 9th October 2021 during the festival

Closing Date for receipt of submissions is midnight  Friday 23rd July 2021.