About Us

Wordsmiths Tullamore is a writers group made up of poets, authors, and story tellers of one kind or another. It was founded in May 2017 and since then we have organised poetry events and competitions and published our own book of poetry and short stories “Whisperings” in 2018. Our group is made up of writers of all ages and from very different backgrounds with some of us having published works in our own rights.

Tullamore and the surrounding areas is full of talent which goes unnoticed due to lack of opportunities and facilities in the midlands to nurture and showcase their work. We have only recently been successful in getting the go ahead for an Arts Centre in Tullamore town which will hopefully be up and running by mid 2021. For this reason we have been discussing the possibility of putting together a writers festival for the past few years in the hopes of highlighting the need for more opportunities and facilities for writers in the midlands.

As this is our first year we hope you will come along and support our events and help us put this festival and region on the map at last. We have a beautiful location on the banks of the Grand Canal in the shadow of the Slieve Bloom mountains and surrounded by endless wild peatland and green pastures so do come along and stroll along the canal banks or visit our heritage centre, Charleville Castle or any of the many fine eateries and bars the town has to offer. Be prepared to stay for you will find it very hard to leave this cultural gem in the heartlands of Ireland.

Mary Campbell

Festival Director 2020

Canal Bank Writers Festival

#WritingCommunity / @canalbank

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