We announce a New National Poetry Award for 2014
We are really pleased to announce the creation of the Pigott Poetry Prize for books of poetry written by Irish writers.
The Prize is for a book of poetry by an Irish Poet published between 1st January 2013 and 28th February 2014. There will be an award prize of €5,000 for the winner which will be presented at our Opening Ceremony on the 28th May 2014.
Our Festival Chairman Sean Lyons said “This prize is a wonderful recognition of Ireland’s unique literary heritage. We thank Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott family for their creative vision and generosity. Ireland has centuries of outstanding tradition of world class poets, who have captured their love of this country in their poems. Listowel Writers Week is a leading forum which is proud to keep the artistic flame burning bright. We appreciate the many authors and poets who have contributed to our Festival through the years and we are honoured to be a partner in this exciting development in Irish poetry.”
The Pigott Poetry Prize is generously supported by industrialist and philanthropist Mr. Mark Pigott KBE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PACCAR Inc (www.paccar.com). Mr Pigott shared, “It is a blessing to be able to support this wonderful literary award and recognize the leading poets of Ireland. My family originated from Listowel and emigrated to the US in the late 1890’s. We are very pleased to support the arts and sciences in Ireland and look forward to many years of recognizing these very talented Irish poets.”
All books of poetry must be submitted to Listowel Writers’ Week before the 1st April 2014 and will be adjudicated by journalist and reviewer John Boland and renowned Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. John Boland said, “It is an honour to be associated with this exciting and innovative award.”
For full details of this New Poetry Prize – Click Here… Pigott Poetry Prize
Literary Workshop 2014:
“It is the dream and hope of all literary festivals that the next prize-winning author, maybe the next Nobel Laureate, will take their first steps towards greatness at that festival. Listowel Writers’ Week takes that hope closer to reality with their annual series of workshops. From the absolute novice to the more confident practitioner, we hope there is something for everyone with the best and most experienced teachers here to guide and encourage you.” Sean Lyons, Festival Chairman
Headlining this year’s workshop programme is international award winning author Douglas Kennedy who will teach everything you need to know about writing a novel for the advanced writer. Returning this year are; IMPAC adjudicator Catherine Dunne who will direct the Novel Getting Started workshop, Mark Granier with Poetry, Bernard Farrell directing Theatre and Siobhán Parkinson teaching how to write for young adults. Peter Fallon will direct poetry advanced, Mary Russell Travel Writing and Nuala Ní Chonchúir short fiction and many more. Places on workshops are limited to 15 and can be booked online now Here
For over forty years, Listowel Writers’ Week has hosted competitions for all levels of writers. The visionaries who founded the festival recognised the need to provide encouragement and support for the youngest starting out to the established and most successful. Each year, the winners of the diverse range of competitions receive a suitable award for their creativity and dedication. This year the festival has a competition prize fund of over €30,000.
Listowel Writers’ Week offers competitions from ages 9-18 in their youth categories. There is a comprehensive range of additional writing competitions covering short story, poetry, sports journalism, local heritage and special “writing in prisons” competition in association with the Prison Education Service. Full details are available on www.writersweek.ie
Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year 2014 details announced:
The coveted €15,000 Kerry Group Award is the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely for Irish authors. Established in 1995 and sponsored by Kerry Group, the prize is awarded annually to the best Irish Novel of the year. This year’s Adjudicators are; literary critic with the Irish Times, Eileen Battersby and Award Winning Novelist David Park. Speaking about the Award, David Park stated “The Kerry Group Irish Novel Award continues to be one of our most prestigious prizes with a formidable roll of honour of previous winners, and it is both a pleasure and a responsibility to be involved with the judging. In a time of financial austerity Ireland continues to have a wealth of literary talent and I’m sure it will prove a significant challenge to arrive finally at a single winner.” Eileen Battersby said, “I am delighted to again be judging this prize, having previously adjudicated in 2002 and 2003. This is a very important award; not only because it supports Irish fiction, but because it is itself supported and sustained by Irish fiction.”
Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs at Kerry Group said, “Kerry Group is delighted to sponsor the 2014 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. Now, in its 19th year, the award attracts books of exceptional merit from both accomplished and aspiring Irish writers. We are very proud to be associated with this literary prize and we look forward to the 2014 festival which really showcases the wealth of talent that exists amongst Irish writers”
The 2013 winning novel was This is the Way by Gavin Corbett who said “Winning the Kerry Group Novel Award has been the best thing that has ever happened to me as a writer. Next year the judges will select a new winner, but it is an honour conferred on you for life and something that I will proudly brandish for the rest of my days.” Previous winners included Christine Dwyer Hickey, Neil Jordan (twice), John Banville (twice), Joseph O’Neill, Roddy Doyle, Sebastian Barry and John McGahern.
Our full festival programme of events will be announced in April 2014 when we will again unveil a very exciting line up of events for everyone.
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