Arising from the John McGahern seminar which ran from 2007 for eight years, the Iron Mountain Literature Festival was established in 2016, reframed in a wider context involving writers, artists and thinkers from many perspectives.


The festival continues to draw much of its motivation from the works and legacy of John McGahern, an approach which has allowed for a wide-ranging literary event combining panels, talks, readings and field trips which look to ideas central to and arising from an exploration of place, home and identity and the role of literature in shaping an understanding of history and human experience.

It is with great regret that in the interest of our artists and audiences we have made the difficult decision to cancel the festival for 2020. We will however continue to hold the John McGahern Award for Literature this year, the recipient of which will be announced on Friday 3rd October, what would have been the opening night of the festival.