Spring is here!

Spring Is In The Air!

The daffodils have started to shoot, the grass is starting to grow, and with optimism in our hearts we wave goodbye to the cold winter blues and look forward to the warmer, lengthening days.

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

We may not be feeling those warmer temperatures just yet in the Listowel Writers’ Week office, but we are certainly keeping busy preparing for another great festival, which this year takes place between 27th May – 31st May 2015.

As always, we had a tremendous response to our call for submissions to the Kerry Group Novel of the Year and the Pigott Poetry Prize. Irish writing is in a particularly strong place at the moment and our adjudicators now have the enormous task of choosing shortlists and eventual winners for both Awards. The winners, together with the winners of all categories of our Competitions will be announced on the Opening Night of Listowel Writers’ Week 2015.

There is one month left to enter our Creative Writing Competitions the closing date for submissions is 2ndMarch 2015, so keep scribbling!  Don’t forget you can enter some of our competitions online this year, so you won’t even have to leave the comfort of home! Click Competitions for full details.

Without a doubt, the most exciting news of the year so far was the announcement on 29th January that Anne Enright was appointed the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. This is excellent news for Irish fiction as Anne is certainly one of Ireland’s most original writers and thinkers and we believe she will be an outstanding ambassador at home and overseas. All at Listowel Writers’ Week wish her the very best for her three year tenure and we anticipate seeing much more of her in the future.

New Laureate for Irish Fiction

New Laureate for Irish Fiction

Don’t forget our extensive range of  Creative Writing Workshops are still available to book. In response to your feedback from last year we have now introduced a number of 2-Day Weekend Workshops in addition to our usual 3-Day Workshops - all of which take place during the festival.

Our 2-day Weekend Creative Writing Workshops which will take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May from 9am to 12.30pm each day and cost €140. They are: Short Fiction with Patricia O’Reilly, Screenwriting with Shane Connaughton and Songwriting with Declan O’Rourke.       

2 Day Directors

Our 3-day Creative Writing Workshops take place as usual on Thursday 28th May, Friday 29th May and Saturday 30th May from 9am – 12.30pm each day and cost €175. They are: Novel Advanced, with international award winning author Alex Preston. Creative Writing Advanced, with international award winning author Lucy Caldwell, who will explore the themes of love, sex and death. Nuala Ní Chonchúirwill direct Short Fiction; Martina Devlin, Creative Writing – Getting Started; William Wall, Novel Getting Started; John McAuliffe, Poetry Getting Started; Peter Fallon, Poetry Advanced; Dr Eibhear Walsh, Memoir & Non-Fiction; Mary Russell, Travel Writing andJimmy Murphy, Writing for Theatre.

3-day Directors

Places on all creative writing workshops are limited to 15 people. For more detailed information on each of the Creative Writing Workshops or to book online, please click here. If you would prefer to book by phone, please call the Listowel Writers’ Week office on (+353) 068 21074. Alternatively you can send a cheque or postal order, made payable to Listowel Writers’ Week and addressed to 24, The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry.

We look forward to welcoming you to Listowel for what promises to be another great festival. Don’t forget these important dates in those new 2015 Diaries! Listowel Writers' Week: 27th May to 31st May 2015.

All best for a wonderful 2015.

The Team



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