Anthony Trollope Summer School

Pictured at the launch of the Anthony Trollope International Summer School 2013 were (L-R) Ella Gannon, Councillor Sinead Guckian, Michael Dowd, Jim Gannon (as Anthony Trollope), Noel Duignan, Geraldine Monaghan, Barry Guckian and Colleen Guckian.
Leitrim welcomes The Anthony Trollope International Summer School September 6-8.

Leitrim welcomes The Anthony Trollope International Summer School September 6-8.

The literary summer school celebrates the author Anthony Trollope, his life in Ireland and the area that inspired his debut novel “The MacDermots of Ballycloran”.

Universally recognised as one of the great Victorian novelists, Trollope arrived in Drumsna in 1843 in the midst of an unpromising career in the postal service. It was during his stay in the village that he embarked on a walk, (now known as the Trollope trail) that would change his life and literary history.

The Summer School takes place on Friday 6th to Sunday 8th of September 2013 in Drumsna and Carrick-on-Shannon and registration is now open via the website

The weekend starts with the opening ceremony on Friday at 7pm and other activities include workshops, walks, discussions and the Trollope banquet which takes place in The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on- Shannon with after dinner guest speaker Howard Gregg.

The workshops will be held on Saturday, September 6th in The Bush Hotel.

Walk the hisotoric Trollope trail on Sunday, September 8.

The theme this year is Trollope’s book ‘An Eye for an Eye’ and all the sessions will be chaired by Michael G Williamson JP DL, Chairman of the UK Trollope Society.

Speaking at the launch of the Summer School Chairperson of Leitrim County Council Cllr Sean McDermott said “We are really looking forward to this year’s Summer School, it is always a great weekend and we are particularly delighted to have three fantastic International speakers attending this year; author, journalist, broadcaster and public speaker Mary Kenny, senior lecturer and writer Yvonne Siddle and academic and writer Haruno Watanabe.

McDermott continued “Drumsna is a truly beautiful part of Leitrim and the Trollope trail is a great way to see the lovely countryside and see the inspiration for his famous novel.”

The Summer School which takes place every two years coincides with the Carrick 400 Festival.

Other 400 events include:

Literary Heritage Week (September)

Leitrim Roots Festival (September)

National Hot Air Balloon Championship (September)

Sessions on the Shannon (October)

Carrick-on-Shannon 400 Closing Ceremony (November)

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