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Listowel Writers' Week

Listowel Writers' Week

31st May to 4th June 2017

Listowel Writers’ Week is an international acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry. At the heart of this annual celebration is a commitment to developing and promoting writing talent, underpinned by an organisation that works to the values of partnership, inclusivity and civic responsibility.

In 2016, Writer’s Week will hold its 43rd annual literary festival in the North Kerry town of Listowel around an extensive programme of literary competitions, workshops, readings, seminars, lectures and book launches.

In his opening address, for the opening of the 2012 festival, President Michael D Higgins described the event as follows; “Here in Listowel every year the Nobel Laureate and bestselling author is celebrated, the emerging voice of the poet reading in public for the first time is applauded, the draft novels and stories are discussed and encouraged. Here the writer gets to realise that he is part of a group, part of a family composed of creative individuals interested in and anxious to support each other’s gift and talent.”

Listowel Writers’ Week was founded in 1970 and has grown to become Ireland’s leading literary festival. The annual event is located in Listowel in North Kerry, the birthplace of many of Ireland’s most prominent writers past and present including Dr. John B Keane, Dr Bryan Mac Mahon, Professor Brendan Kennelly, George Fitzmaurice, Maurice Walsh and Robert Leslie Boland. Writers’ Week was established in 1970 to celebrate these writers and to provide an opportunity for Irish Writers in general to develop their talents and meet new audiences. Today, the event spans 5 days leading up to and including the June bank holiday weekend with a programme of literary events that covers all genres. A key element of the festival is the programme of literary workshops, a concept that was first introduced at Writers’ Week in 1971 by Bryan MacMahon. Since then our literary workshops continue to be the most popular in the country, enabling writers at all stages of their careers to develop and enhance their creative and business skills.  

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