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A Week in the Life of Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, situated in the wild and remote landscape of Bolus Head at the very tip of the Iveragh Peninsula in South Kerry, has been attracting thousands of writers, artists, poets and composers from Ireland and around the world for more than 20 years. 2014 is the second year that Listowel Writers’ Week has been in working partnership with Cill Rialaig and we were delighted once again, in February, to send six privileged writers for a week’s stay at this remote retreat. Victoria Kennefick, a native of Shanagarry, Co. Cork,...

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Operation Education: A Teen Focused Arts Festival

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

Following the enormous success of last year’s inaugural Operation Education, we’re delighted to be hosting this exciting initiative again in 2014 as part of Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Festival, which takes place this year from 28 May – 1st June 2014. Operation Education is geared towards Transition and 5th Year students and last year over 200 students attended from schools all over Kerry, although the initiative is open to schools throughout Ireland. One of its objectives is to introduce the students to a poet who will be on their...

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Mary O’Donnell, Director of our Creative Writing Advanced Workshop Talks About The Writing Life

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in News from Writers' Week | 0 comments

Mary O’Donnell is the author of four novels. Her first novel, The Light Makers, was a literary bestseller and her psychological thriller, The Elysium Testament was described as “a novel of soaring, elegant perception.’ She is also a poet and short story writer, and her work has been widely published in Ireland and internationally. Mary has worked as a broadcaster, theatre critic and freelance journalist and teaches creative writing at NUI Maynooth. She talks here about the writing life. “When I was young, my imaginings about becoming a writer...

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We Announce Our Five Shortlisted Titles For The Kerry Group Irish Novel Of The Year Award

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Important news, News from Writers' Week | 2 comments

We’re delighted to announce our eagerly anticipated shortlist for the 2014 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, one of whom will pick up a cheque for €15,000 (the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors) at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Listowel Writers’ Week on Wednesday, 28 May, 2014. Over 50 novels were submitted this year and they were adjudicated by author David Park and literary critic Eileen Battersby. The five shortlisted books are: Time Present & Time Past – Deirdre Madden A Girl is a...

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Q&A with Catherine Dunne, Director of our NOVEL – Getting Started Workshop

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Writer Interviews | 0 comments

Catherine Dunne is the author of nine novels including The Walled Garden, At A Time Like This, Set in Stone, Missing Julia and most recently, The Things We Know Now, which won the 700th anniversary Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Eason Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2013. Catherine has also been shortlisted for, among others, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Italian Booksellers’ Prize. She was appointed to the panel of five judges for the International IMPAC...

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Q&A with Molly McCloskey, Director of our Non-Fiction & Memoir Workshop

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Writer Interviews | 0 comments

Molly McCloskey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in North Carolina and Oregon. In 1989, she moved to Ireland, spending ten years on the west coast before moving to Dublin, where she now lives. She is the author of two short story collections, Solomon’s Seal and The Beautiful Changes, and a novel, Protection. Her first work of non-fiction, Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother, appeared in 2011, and tells the story of her brother Mike’s descent into schizophrenia. Mary is also a journalist, essayist and reviewer and a regular...

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Q&A with John MacKenna, Director of our Novel Intermediate (The Halfway Stage) Workshop

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Writer Interviews | 0 comments

“Writing a novel is hard work… getting stuck somewhere in the middle and losing your way is normal.” John MacKenna is the author of sixteen books – novels, short stories, memoir and poetry. His novel Clare, on the life of the English poet John Clare, will be republished in May 2014 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the poet’s death. His latest novel, Joseph, will be published this autumn. He is also a regular contributor to RTE’s Sunday Miscellany. He is a winner of the Hennessy, Irish Times, Cecil Day Lewis and Jacob’s Awards. Q. Did...

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Q&A with Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Director of our Short Fiction Workshop

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Writer Interviews | 0 comments

Nuala Ní Chonchúir is an award-winning short story writer, novelist and poet. Her awards include the Jane Geske Award (USA), the Francis MacManus Award, the Cúirt New Writing Prize, the inaugural Jonathan Swift Award and the Cecil Day Lewis Award. She was also shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature. Nuala’s second novel, The Closet of Savage Mementos, will be published by New Island in April 2014 and her third novel, Miss Emily, which is about Emily Dickenson and her Irish maid will be published by Penguin USA and Penguin...

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Q&A with Martina Devlin, Director of our Creative Writing – Getting Started Workshop

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Writer Interviews | 0 comments

Author and journalist Martina Devlin will be directing our Creative Writing – Getting Started Workshop at Listowel Writers’ Week this year. Her seven books include Banksters, Ship of Dreams and The Hollow Heart. Her eighth book, The House Where It Happened is due to be published in September 2014. Martina’s short story awards include the Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Prize and a Hennessy Literary Award. She was also named Columnist of the Year by the National Newspapers of Ireland. Q.        Did you know from a...

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Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Competitions – Closing Date Fast Approaching

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in News from Writers' Week, Uncategorized | 0 comments

For those of you still scribbling away or putting the finishing touches to your short stories, poems, plays and humorous essays, don’t forget the closing date for entries is 1st March 2014. Who knows? Maybe 2014 will be the year your own writing career gets a kick-start and you’ll see your poem or short story published – so don’t delay and get those entries in. There’s something for everyone, with categories including The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award, The Single Poem Competition, the Con Houlihan...

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