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Ballyscullion Park Book Festival

61 Ballyscullion Road, Bellaghy, Londonderry, BT45 8NA
Drone image of Ballyscullion house with Ballyscullion Park Book Festival written on a green background


Taking place in the historic Ballyscullion Park, situated on the shores of Lough Beg, the Ballyscullion Park Book Festival is a celebration of literature, music and art in the heart of Seamus Heaney country. The programme will feature a range of writers, musicians and historians exploring a wide variety of topics from the 18th century to the present day. 

The festival takes its inspriration from the original house built on the estate in the 1780s - the Earl Bishop of Derry’s palace, which is now in ruins.

Across the two days, visitors to the festival will enjoy talks and Q&As from eminent writers and historians exploring topics such as the surrounding landscape, gardens, historical personalities, literature, ideas and how people lived. Authors and talks include international best-selling author Emma Heatherington Writer on the importance of setting in fiction writing, historian Dr Andrew Gailey on Sheridan's Scandalous Granddaughters, academic Sophia Hillan on Jane Austen's Nieces in Ireland, Irish writer, teacher and member of Aosdána Carlo Gébler plus many more.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a show by Celtic Grace celebrating the life and Celtic Baroque music of Turlough O’Carolan. Sparkling wine and canapés will be served at this event.

On Sunday afternoon, we will have a recital of poetry and music to celebrate the centenary of W B Yeats being awarded the Nobel Prize for Poetry.

Refreshments will be available throughout the Festival from a variety of first class food vendors, sited within the walled garden.

See website for speaker list and full programme.  Weekend and day tickets are available.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Saturday Day Ticket£72.00 per ticket
Sunday Day Ticket£65.00 per ticket
Weekend Admission 2 Days£110.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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A couple walking through gardens of Ballyscullion park with the Georgian House in the background. Ballyscullion Park, BellaghyBallyscullion Park is a private house, home of Richard and Rosalind Mulholland and their family, and is available for visits by prior arrangement to its beautiful historic gardens and grounds.

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