CELEBRATING Literary & Arts Listowel Writers' Week

Online Poetry Workshop

“Three Weeks, Three Poems”

Online Poetry Workshop with Irish poet Clodagh Beresford Dunne

Join award winning poet, Clodagh Beresford Dunne for our first Listowel Writers’ Week online poetry workshop. With a blend of individual and group sessions, Clodagh will offer advice and support to poets.

Poetry Workshop

CLODAGH BERESFORD DUNNE is an Award Winning Poet based in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford Her poems have been published and broadcast internationally. Her poem “Seven Sugar Cubes” (first published in The Irish Times) was voted Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the 2017 Irish Book Awards. Described as a “Courageous and necessary voice” and “A poet who domesticates genius”, Edna O’Brien has hailed Beresford Dunne as “A brilliant Poet who is in love with language and whose poems I love”.

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Digital Awards Ceremony 2020

Great News for Irish Writing as Winners for

Listowel Writers’ Week Competition Awards 2020 Announced

Listowel Writers’ Week 2020 was due to take place this week, 27th May to 31st May. An online Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday 27th May at 8pm, honoured all competition entrants and their talented writing, during an incredibly strange and unprecedented year. This could not have happened without the loyalty of our Sponsors and Patrons and we are delighted to say a huge thank you to them all for their sponsorship of, and dedication to, supporting writers at a time when it is most needed.

Click here to see the full list of Winners of our 2020 Competition Awards.

 

Covid-19 Information Update

We, at Listowel Writers’ Week, deeply regret that our 2020 Festival (27th-31stMay) and The National Children’s Literary Festival are cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus/Covid-19 Pandemic.

For more information click here.

You can find the latest HSE Covid-19 advisory here

Ireland’s Oldest Literary Festival

Welcome to Listowel Writers’ Week, Ireland’s oldest literary and arts festival where writers, artists and poets gather in the beautiful Kerry heritage town of Listowel in Co Kerry.  We promote writing and all its genres throughout the literary community, and create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible audience and where writers and readers celebrate the written word, together. At the heart of our annual celebration is a commitment to developing and promoting writing talent.

Listowel Writers’ Week is devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry. This is done through literary panel discussions, moderated talks, poetry readings, interviews, cultural tours, walks and more.

President Michael D. Higgins describes Listowel Writers’ Week as the place ‘where cruthaíocht is created’. So whether you nestle into the hearth of John B Keane’s pub for a reading, take a journey into the rich culture of scenic North Kerry in the Kerry Writers’ Museum, travel by the #WildAtlanticWay or sit back and enjoy the musings of internationally acclaimed writers in the Listowel Arms Hotel; be sure to join us as we celebrate our 50th Festival in 2021.

We’ve introduced some wonderful guests to Listowel over the years, and each of them has left with fond memories. Hover over the images below to share in some of these experiences …

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

Roddy Doyle

“I was blown away with the warmth of the welcome I received, and how genuinely interested the audience here is. I’ll definitely be back!”

Jan Carson

“Listowel Writers’ Week is serious about literature. Everyone who comes here knows how much literature enriches our lives.”

Colm Tóibín

“Listowel Writers’ Week is warm-hearted, welcoming and entirely wonderful!”

Alexandra Pringle

“Just the most wonderful festival – where else can you have seaweed baths AND listen to poems in a pub?!”

Tishani Doshi

“Best Literary Festival in the World!”

Graham Norton

“It’s a celebration of writing and writers like no other. I can’t wait to come back!”

Jess Kidd

“Listowel Writers’ Week is warm and kind. Kindness is free!”

Lemn Sissay

“One of my best experiences at a book festival, the people and the town made it!”

Alan Cummings

“What a wonderful festival, the atmosphere is phenomenal! I’ll be raving about it to everyone.”

Emma Dabiri

“The week of the literary year in Ireland, may eve beyond!”

Paul Muldoon

“I love the warmth and informality of this wonderful gathering.”

Emma Donoghue

Sponsors & Patrons

Here at Listowel Writers’ Week we understand the value of community spirit and support. Since 1970, Listowel Writers’ Week has been supported by committed and generous Sponsors and Patrons who have given the festival the opportunity to expand and produce a wide and varied programme of events, creating an environment where literature and the arts can be appreciated by the widest possible audience.

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