Saturday July 12th to Sunday 13th, 2014

Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland
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Welcome to the Swift Satire Festival

Celebrating the life, works and legacy of Jonathan Swift

The seventh Swift Satire Festival took place in Trim, Co Meath, on July 12-13, 2014.

Among the highlights of the 2014 festival were The Feat of Clay, a fun reading of Swift’s A Tale Of A Tub; a two-and-a-half-hour Poetry in the Parlour open mic session featuring award-winning Galway poet Kevin Higgins; The Battle of the Books international writing competition; and The Bite of Satire, featuring the second annual Swift Lecture!

Update (July 7th): The shortlist has been announced. View the Battle of the Books shortlist here.

Update (July 5th): The Battle of the Books Longlist can be viewed here

WINNER: The Battle of the Books winner is Angela Finn, Dale Drive, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Her short story, Waiting for John, has been awarded the €500 prize by judge Niamh Boyce, poet/novelist.

The €100 Audience Prize has been won by Mark Doyle, Navan, for his story, A Tale To Tell.

Angela Finn has had some of her writing published in the Irish Independent’s Hennessy Irish Writing Today magazine, New Planet Cabaret anthology, RTE TEN website (Penguin short story 2012) and Fish Anthology 2013. She was short-listed in 2012 for the RTE Francis MacManus competition.

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Swift and Trim

Swift was appointed vicar in Laracor, just out the road from Trim, in 1700. The author of such famous satires as Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale Of A Tub and A Modest Proposal, had many firm friends in the town of Trim itself. Find out more about Swift, his works and his association with Trim here.

The festival

Our festival is unique: no other festival in the world is dedicated to satire in all its forms (apart, maybe, from one in Iran that we haven’t been able to make it to as yet!). You might say that’s because Swift, or indeed satire, isn’t that important.

However, satire is important especially in today’s politically correct world. A satirist says things that others can’t say, things that make you laugh violently but then think silently.

We think Dean Swift would be proud.

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    The 2014 Swift Satire Festival takes place from July 12-13.

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