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Celebrating the Experimental and Creatively Daring

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

Always on the lookout for new trends and innovations here at Listowel Writers’ Week, we like to keep a track of the ever-changing shifts in literary style across the wider cultural landscape. That said, the Goldsmith’s Prize, created last year to celebrate, as it describes, ‘boldly original fiction,’ has recently announced its 2014 shortlist. You may remember Eimear McBride scooped the inaugural £10,000 Prize last November with her brilliant and experimental debut novel A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. The novel also won the Kerry Group Irish...

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The Seasons Are A Changing…

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

Today, 22nd September is officially the first day of autumn, with the autumn equinox taking place at 10.29pm tonight. Traditionally it’s always been thought of as a time of balance, when the hours of darkness and light are of the same length – twelve hours. It’s also the time when the harvests have been brought in and we consider what’s needed to stock up on for the upcoming colder months. If you’re a writer, a photographer or artist, now is an ideal time to capture the changing season in word, photo or artform. It may even just be a time to...

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Literary Birthdays in September

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

The summer has flown by and with autumn upon us once again, we thought we’d take a look at some famous literary figures with September birthdays, along with some of their more memorable, inspirational and humorous quotes. Miguel de Cervantes: 29 September 1547 – 23 April 1616 “In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” D H Lawrence: 11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930 “People always make war when they say they love peace.” F. Scott Fitzgerald: 24 September 1896 – 21 December...

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Exciting News for Irish Writers

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

In case you missed it, here’s a great 20 minute film featuring highlights of the 2014 Listowel Writers’ Week by Steven Byrne of Digivue Productions. Exciting News for Irish Writers The literary world is buzzing with exciting news for Irish writers at the moment. Mind you, Irish writers are always in the news for the right reasons! Dubliner Rob Doyle’s debut novel, Here Are The Young Men, and published by The Lilliput Press, has been snapped up by Bloomsbury and it looks like it will also be adapted into a major film. Incidentally, it...

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“A Superb Festival, Really Stitched In To The Local Community,” says author Jim Crace

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, The National Children's Literary Festival | 0 comments

“It’s not often that I’m stuck for a word but the feast that is Listowel Writers’ Week leaves me speechless with awe.” – Naill MacMonagle, Writer and Teacher. It’s just over a month now since Listowel Writers’ Week 2014 drew to a close and the overwhelming consensus of opinion from festival goers and participants alike is that it was a resounding success. The cloudless blue skies and perfect sunshine every day was the icing on the cake! As Ireland’s premier and indeed oldest literary festival, thriving on 43 years of rich literary tradition,...

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Listowel: The Writer’s Revenge

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Book Launch, News from Writers' Week, The National Children's Literary Festival | 0 comments

On the Sunday of Listowel Writers’ Week 2014, and as part of The National Children’s Literary Festival, author Mario Corrigan launched his new children’s book Listowel: The Writer’s Revenge, illustrated by David Butler. To produce the book, Mario worked with children from three local schools: Knockanure N.S., Scoil Réalta na Maidine and Dromclough N.S., collecting vocabulary, information and ideas. A Kildare based local historian, Mario is also the Executive Librarian in charge of Kildare Collections and Research Services for Kildare Library...

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Mindfulness to Silent, And A Very Fitting Standing Ovation for the Grand Finale of Listowel Writers’ Week 2014

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Theatre | 0 comments

  There is always a feeling of sweet sadness mixed with a lingering exhilaration when we pack up our bags and decamp from The Arms Hotel on the Sunday evening of Listowel Writers’ Week. The positive feedback we have received this year has been tremendous, with social media going absolutely crazy over the past few days, from authors, performers, workshop directors, participants and visitors. Take a look at some of the other marvellous events that took place during that magical week. To everyone’s delight, the beautiful (everybody said...

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War Stories, Musical Sorbets, Andy Kershaw… Another Fabulous Day at Listowel Writers’ Week

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

The sun always shines on Listowel – of course! But really, we have been exceptionally blessed with the weather this year. Not only have we not had a drop of rain, but from Wednesday morning, the sun has been shining continuously. The War Stories Panel with Fergal Keane, Tom Clonan and Andy Kershaw was a hugely popular event and drew a large crowd on Saturday morning in The Arms Hotel. After a great introduction by Kerry County Archivist Mike Lynch, he asked the panel to start off by discussing the nature of war reportage. Tom Cloonan drew...

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Looking Back At Some of Friday’s Great Events

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

Friday kicked off to great excitement as Pat Kenny from Newstalk came to Listowel to host his show live from The Seanchaí Centre. First to be interviewed was Mary Keane (wife of the late JB Keane), who was warm and humorous as ever. Mary spoke of how she had arrived back from Dublin at 2am that morning, having travelled there the previous evening for the premiere of JB Keane’s Moll at The Gaiety Theatre. Paul Durcan spoke of the warm welcome he always received at Listowel and recounted an amusing incident of earlier that morning. When...

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A Literary Odyssey Through Listowel

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

The sun was splitting the sky, the birds were chirping merrily and the magic that is Listowel Writers’ Week was out in full force. It was Bernard Farrell who once compared Listowel to Brigadoon – the mysterious village that appears for only one day every hundred years and then, just as mysteriously, disappears again. Listowel Writers’ Week appears every year thankfully, and long may it continue to do so. Thursday morning started with our traditional and much loved Morning Walk, with local historian Vincent Carmody. Gerbrand Bakker joined the...

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