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!
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.
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.