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.
Celebrating our 50th Festival in 2020, 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 Seanchaí Centre 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 from May 27th-31st 2020.
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.