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Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally

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.

31st May to 4th of June 2017

Graham Norton Returns to Listowel Writers Week 2017

graham-normanWe are thrilled to reveal that Graham Norton will be joining us once more in Listowel, on Saturday 3rd June 2017, with his award-winning debut novel Holding.

Graham had a terrific reception here in 2015 for ‘An Evening with Graham Norton’. Tickets sold like the proverbial hotcakes, with the 850 seater venue selling out within hours. We are expecting the same again this year, so make sure you BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment.

With his characteristic wry and wicked humour, Graham will be introducing the Listowel audience to his darkly comic and profoundly sad debut novel, Holding, winner of this year’s Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2016.

holding-graham-nortonA skilled storyteller, Graham weaves black humour and emotional intelligence to create a compelling and gripping narrative. Taut and perfectly paced, his characters’ secrets, dreams and heartbreaks come fully to life.

So, keep Saturday 3rd June 2017 free in your new shiny diaries!

Tickets for the event are €30 + €3 Booking Fee and will go on sale this


This Event is now SOLD OUT!


Creative Writing Workshops 2017

Novel Getting Started

Novel Getting Started

with Giles Foden

Novel Advanced

Novel Advanced

with Richard Skinner

Short Fiction

Short Fiction

with Dr Clare Morgan

Creative Writing Competitions 2017

Closing Date 3rd March 2017

Kerry Group Irish Novel of 2017
Prize: €15,000 for a published Novel by an Irish author.

Pigott Poetry Prize
Prize: 5,000 for a published Book of Poetry by an Irish poet.

Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Award
Prize: €750

Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award
Prize: € €1,000, plus a Professional Reading in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

Bryan Mac Mahon Short Story Award
Prize: €2000 for a Short Story

Poetry Collection Award
Prize: €1,500 for the best collection of poetry

Single Poem Award 
Prize: €700

Listowel Writers Week Originals Short Story, Humorous Essay or Short Poem Award
Prize: €750

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The National Children’s Literary Festival at Listowel Writers’ Week aims to encourage children of all ages to discover and engage with the world of literature and arts. We aim to present an annual programme of events that are educational, inspiring and  accessible to children and their families.  (Most importantly we aim to have fun!)

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