The Oliver Goldsmith Literary Festival is the third oldest of its type in Ireland. It takes place over the June Bank Holiday Weekend in the South Longford-Westmeath area, which is becoming increasingly known as Goldsmith Country.

Over the last 33 years the festival (formerly the Goldsmith Summer School), has established itself as one of the foremost and most highly respected festivals of its type in Ireland with all aspects of Goldsmith’s life, writings, and society having been explored over the years. A huge variety of renowned critics, politicians, poets, commentators and academics have stimulated audiences over that time.

The festival has been one of the main driving forces behind the revival of interest in Goldsmith, exemplified the recent publication of a brand new edition of “The Deserted Village”, the rededication of Goldsmith’s grave in London, and the recent production of “She Stoops to Conquer” in the Abbey Theatre.