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Listowel Writer’s Week

Listowel Writers Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences to innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel.

The annual event takes place at the June Bank Holiday each year.

The first festival took place in 1971 by the founding members include John B Keane, Bryan MacMahon and Seamus Wilmot. The Festival was established to celebrate these writers and to provide an opportunity for writers in general to develop their talents and meet new audiences.

The concept of the Creative Writing Workshop was first introduced at Listowel Writers’ Week in 1971 by Dr.Bryan MacMahon and today the festival hosts 12 workshops and masterclasses during the festival.

Five Presidents of Ireland have officiated at the Opening of Listowel Writers’ Week over the years, the latest being President Michael D. Higgins in 2012.

The National Children’s Literary Festival runs at the same time at the main festival and attracts 1000s of children and families to the Town Park where all events take place.

In 2012 a new strand was added to the Festival, The Young Adult BookFest this one arts day festival is designed and programmed specifically for Transition and 5th year Students and in 2018 over 900 students from 15 schools attended the day.

Listowel Writers’ Week was voted Best Irish Festival at the 2018 Irish Hospitality Awards.

The 50th Listowel Writers’ Week will take place between the 27th May to the 31st May 2020.