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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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A Few Words From Eimear McBride, Winner of the Kerry Group Novel of the Year 2014 Award

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Writers Week Event | 0 comments

We are absolutely delighted that Eimear McBride’s debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing won our prestigious Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award 2014. There can’t be a person in Ireland who hasn’t heard the story of how her book gathered dust in a drawer for almost a decade after it was rejected by numerous publishers for being too experimental. It was eventually picked up by Galley Beggar Press and took the literary world by storm. As well as winning the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize for fiction in 2013, established to reward fiction that...

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A Look At Some Of Tomorow’s Highlights (Friday)

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Writers Week Event | 0 comments

Louise Doughty 1.00pm at The Arms Hotel Ballroom Multi-award-winning Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, including the recently published Apple Tree Yard (2013) – a psychological thriller and insightful examination of the values we all live by and the choices we make. Her first novel, Crazy Paving (1995), a black comedy about accidents, chaos theory and urban terrorism, was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and her sixth, Whatever You Love (2010), was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the...

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Highlights of the 43rd Listowel Writers’ Week Opening Ceremony

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Important news, News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

And we’re off! The sun was shining and music from the Misty Jazz Band filled the evening air, as novelists, poets, playwrights, winners and readers assembled once again to celebrate the literary culture of Ireland at the 43rd Opening Ceremony of Listowel Writers’ Week last night. We were delighted that Paul Durcan, one of Ireland’s foremost poets, officiated at the Ceremony.As always, the high point of the evening was the announcement of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2014, which was won by Eimear McBride for A Girl Is A...

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Listowel Writers’ Week Art Exhibitions

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Willie Redmond – Thursday 29th May 12 noon, The Seanchaí Centre Originally from Edenderry, Co Offaly, artist Willie Redmond grew up surrounded by and working on the bog. Now based in Dublin, he specialises in acrylics, oils, pastels and mixed medium. His current exhibition Turf & Surf deals with its subjects in a narrative style. The panels are divided into various weights depicting mood, texture, movement, detail, compositions, lines and rhythms, and combined to produce a rhapsody-style narrative. His unique and highly engaging solo...

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