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Welcome to Listowel Writers’ Week, Ireland’s longest running literary and arts festival where writers, artists and poets gather  in our beautiful Kerry heritage town of Listowel in Co Kerry.  Founded in 1970, the dream of Listowel Writers’ Week was a simple but daring one: transform a beautiful Kerry heritage town into a centre of the literary universe. Make it somewhere writers and book-lovers from all corners can gravitate to for a celebration of literature and imagination.

Check out our wonderful array of  Creative Writing Workshop Programme for 2019, full details below  and also Festival Tickets for the week or daily are available to buy now.

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WORKSHOPS

Check out our Creative Writing Workshops for 2019. We have wide range to choose from 3 Day, 2 Day and Masterclasses..

2 June 2019
9am to 12.30pm 
How to Start

Director: Elizabeth Day

Masterclass
29, 30 May & 1 June
9am – 12.30pm

Writing a Novel

Director:  Richard Skinner

3 Days
31 May & 1 June
9am – 12.30pm
The Short Story

Director: Eilís Ní Dhuibhne

2 Days
29, 30 May & 1 June
9am – 12.30pm
Memoir

Director:  Carol Drinkwater 

3 Days

Competitions

Check out our competitions for 2019 – click on the specific Competition below.

KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2019
PIGOTT POETRY PRIZE 2019
NILSSON LOCAL HERITAGE WRITING AWARD
POETRY COLLECTION AWARD 2019

WHAT WRITERS SAY ABOUT US

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“It was on of the best experiences at a book festival, the people and the town made it for me.”

Alan Cumming

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“All year round in Listowel, the tireless organisers of Listowel Writers’ Week meet to create magic.”

Colm Tóibín

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“I’ve been to many writing festivals since then but none as warm; or as mad!”

Roddy Doyle

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