Covid-19 Information Update - Updated 25.03.2020
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.
We are saddened to have to cancel our annual literary gathering of Listowel Writers’ Week until 2021. However, the health and safety of everyone and full compliance with Government guidelines must take priority over all else. We will be working hard during this time of uncertainty and isolation, continuing to engender and maintain our spirit of literary friendship.
Refunds on all tickets are available; alternatively, if you wish, we will offer you a credit note in lieu of your ticket/tickets which may be redeemed for Listowel Writers’ Week 2021. All those who have already purchased tickets and those who have purchased workshop places will be contacted to refund ticket value. Should you have any queries we can be contacted on 00353 (0)68 21074 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Norella Moriarty on 00353 (0)87 6796384 or email email@example.com if you have pre-booked accommodation for the festival.
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!”
“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!”
“Listowel Writers’ Week is serious about literature. Everyone who comes here knows how much literature enriches our lives.”
“Listowel Writers’ Week is warm-hearted, welcoming and entirely wonderful!”
“Just the most wonderful festival – where else can you have seaweed baths AND listen to poems in a pub?!”
“Best Literary Festival in the World!”
“It’s a celebration of writing and writers like no other. I can’t wait to come back!”
“Listowel Writers’ Week is warm and kind. Kindness is free!”
“One of my best experiences at a book festival, the people and the town made it!”
“What a wonderful festival, the atmosphere is phenomenal! I’ll be raving about it to everyone.”
“The week of the literary year in Ireland, may eve beyond!”
“I love the warmth and informality of this wonderful gathering.”
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.