The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Fri 5th - Sun 7th October, 2018.
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 draws 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.
As part of the 2018 festival Cllr Sean McGowan, Cathaoirleach, Leitrim County Council presented the John McGahern Award which supports new writing and recognises the exceptional contribution of John McGahern to literature and to Leitrim, to Sean Tanner.