2015 Festival Programme unveiled.


Tá fíor fáilte roimh cách go Lios Tuathail agus seachtain na Scriobhneóirí.

It is my great pleasure once again to welcome you to Listowel, where we are celebrating the forty fourth annual Listowel Writers’ Week, that moment, as Heaney wrote, ‘when the bird sings very close to the music of what happens’.

Listen for that music in the words and in the hearts of those you meet here, listen for it in the silences and the pauses, the poems, the songs and the whispers. Like Heaney, finger it like braille, gleaning the unsaid off the palpable and spy into its golden loops.

The Wild Atlantic Way snakes by the town, adding to the grandeur at its heart.  The River Feale whispers her quiet tunes and the voices of past masters echo eternally. In Listowel both writer and listener, can, as Kavanagh said, ‘be born again, a bird of an angel’s conceit to sing the gospel of life’.

Yeats would surely have found here whatever most can bless the mind of man and elevate a rhyme and Bono would find what he is still looking for without the necessity of scaling city walls or holding the devil’s hand.


Sean Lyons Chair 2Séan Lyons

Here it is our Festival Programme 2015 - Let the Magic begin!

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We are delighted to announce the shortlists for The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and The Pigott Poetry Prize

The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015

City of Dis by David Butler
Blue is the Night by Eoin McNamee
The Closet of Savage Mementos by Nuala Ní Chonchúir
The Visitors by Patrick O’Keeffe
The Diary of Mary Travers by Eibhear Walshe

The adjudicators Eileen Battersby and Gerald Dawe now have the task of selecting the winner, who will be presented with a cheque for €15,000 at the Opening Night of Listowel Writers’ Week on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

Kerry Group Shortlist Collage

Speaking about the announcement, Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group, said, “Kerry Group is delighted to sponsor the Kerry Group Irish Novel Award 2015. This prestigious award, now in its 20th year, continues to attract books of exceptional merit from a myriad of accomplished and aspiring Irish writers. With five outstanding novels featured on this year’s shortlist, it is evident that Ireland’s literary tradition goes from strength to strength. I commend our two adjudicators, Eileen Battersby and Gerald Dawe, for compiling this year’s shortlist which showcases a rich and diverse selection of Irish writing”

The Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers' Week

From Elsewhere by Ciaran Carson
Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes
Before Rain by Ger Reidy
One Thousand Things Worth Knowing by Paul Muldoon
The Rooms by Peter Sirr

Pigott Shortlist Collage

The adjudicators John Boland and Gillian Clarke now have the task of selecting the winner, who will be presented with a cheque for €5,000 at the Opening Night of Listowel Writers’ Week on Wednesday 27th May.

All Winners and shortlisted entrants of our competitions have now been notified and will be announced publicly at our Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 28th May.  We would like to take this opportunity of thanking each and everyone who took the time to enter our competitions this year and for those who entered on our new online system, thank you also. 

Thank you.


The Team




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