m2s 2014


We are delighted to announce that the 2015 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival will take place from 18th-22nd March 2015. 

Full details and booking will be available from 4th February 2015 but in the meantime, watch this space and subscribe to our e-bulletin for regular updates.




Press Release 2015

18th March sees the start of the 1st major Literary Festival of 2015 with 5 days of readings, spoken word events and workshops for all ages.

Now in its 7th year, the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival is moving to the earlier start of 18th March 2015, returning to the dates of the Poetry Now Festival which celebrates its 20th year in 2015.

Read more: Press Release 2015


Shine/Strong Award Judge 2015


Daljit colour imageDaljit Nagra comes from a Punjabi background. He was born and raised in London then Sheffield and he has won several prestigious prizes for his poetry. In 2004, he won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem with Look We Have Coming to Dover! This was also the title of his first collection which was published by Faber & Faber in 2007. This won the South Bank Show Decibel Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was nominated for The Costa Prize, The Guardian First Book Prize, the Aldeburgh Prize and the Glen Dimplex Award. His second collection, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. His current book, Ramayana, is shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. In 2014 he won the Royal Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship Award.

Read more: Shine/Strong Award Judge 2015


The Irish Times Poetry Now Award Judges 2015

The Irish Times Poetry Now Award Judges 2015


lucy collinsLucy Collins
lectures in UCD’s School of English, Drama and Film. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she completed both her BA and PhD degrees, she spent a year at Harvard University on a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship. Recent publications include the anthology Poetry by Women in Ireland 1870-1970 (2012) and a co-edited collection of essays Aberration in Modern Poetry (2011). A co-edited anthology, The Irish Poet and the Natural World: An Anthology of Verse in English from the Tudors to the Romantics, was published by Cork University Press in 2014.


SpeirsCatriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is Manager of the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge over the last years. Crowe is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. She contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters.



Thomas McCarthy

 Thomas McCarthy was born in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford in 1954. He is author of eight collections of poetry, including The First Convention (Dolmen, 1978) and The Last Geraldine Officer (Anvil Poetry, 2009), as well as two novels and a memoir. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh, Alice Hunt Bartlett and O'Shaughnessy awards for poetry. A new collection, Pandemonium, is due from Anvil in 2015.

Read more: The Irish Times Poetry Now Award Judges 2015



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Our Sponsors 2014

A special thank you to the sponsors of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2014, for a full list please click here.

2015 Programme

Available from 4th February 2015

Schools & Family Programme 2015

Information coming soon.

Curated Festival

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival is a curated festival and the closing date has now passed for the submission of proposals and ideas for inclusion in the 2015 festival

Thanks & Acknowledgements

The festival organisers would like to exend their sincere gratitude to all involved in Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2014. A full list is available here.