Festival Programme Live

1st to 5th June
Listowel Writers’ Week programme IS NOW LIVE TO VIEW.

2022 Shortlist for the Kerry Group

The 2022 Shortlist for the Kerry Group have been announce. Five Irish novels have been shortlisted for the 2022 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year Award – one of the most sought after prizes for Irish Authors, with a shared prize fund of €22,000. Please click below to Read More

Pigott Poetry Prize 2022

We are pleased to announce that three poetry books, by Irish poets, have been shortlisted for the 2022 Pigott Poetry Prize. This prize, in its 9th year, is Ireland’s largest monetary prize for a poetry collection by an Irish Poet, with the winner being awarded €12,000, and the two shortlisted finalists each receiving €1,000.

Over 50 poetry books were submitted for this year’s award and adjudicators Mark Waldron and Maura Dooley selected the shortlist of three on behalf of Listowel Writers’ Week.

Speaking on behave of the adjudicators, poet Mark Waldron said: “It was a privilege, a pleasure and an inspiration to read so much great poetry. You realise judging such a variety of work, just how many forms poetry excellence comes in. We would have loved to have picked ten winners but ultimately managed to find three that stood out for us both.  All were books which stood up to multiple readings and lingered in the mind.”

Catherine Moylan, Chairperson of Listowel Writers’ Week revealed the shortlist. “We are delighted to announce this shortlist which both showcases and celebrates Irish poetry. Thanks to Mark Pigott KBE for his generous sponsorship which helps us ensure that Irish poetry is promoted, recognised and enjoyed both nationally and internationally”

American Mules by Martina Evans

Howdy Skelp by Paul Muldoon

Shoulder Tap by Maurice Riordan

The winner of the Pigott Poetry Prize will be announced on 1st June 2022. The Pigott Poetry Prize is sponsored by Mark Pigott KBE who said“It is a blessing to be able to support this wonderful literary award and recognise the leading poets of Ireland. This is the 9th year of the prize and the competition is world class. I would like to thank our adjudicators, Mark Waldron and Maura Dooley, for their hard work and thorough review of all the entrants and congratulate them on their excellent selection of this year’s shortlist which showcases the beauty, diversity and strength of Irish Poetry”.

The full list of competition winners will be announced and posted on our website on 1st June 2022www.writersweek.ie

2022 Workshops

2022 Workshops take place 1st to 5th June.

We are delighted to announce the 2022 Workshops are available to book. There is a broad range of workshops taking place at Listowel Writers’ Week this year, which include:

  • Catherine Dunne – 3 Day Creative Writing Masterclass
  • Paul McVeigh – 3 Day Short Story Workshop
  • Kit de Waal – Half Day ‘Crafting Characters’ Memoir Masterclass
  • Bernie McGill – 3 Day Writing a Novel Workshop
  • Clodagh Beresford Dunne – 2 Day ‘Forever Beginning’ Poetry Workshop
  • John MacKenna – 2 Day ‘You’ve Got Me Singing’ Leonard Cohen Workshop
  • Emma Langford – 2 Day Songwriting Workshop
  • Olivia Hope – Half Day Writing for Children Masterclass

Booking is essential as places are limited on all workshops. Click here to book https://writersweek.ie/workshops/

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 2nd June to 6th June 2021.

Support Culture

We aspire to support and encourage writers & artists, and all involved in the literary world.

Your donation will help us promote, support and encourage writers & artists, thus ensuring that the literary and artistic talent in Ireland continues to be fostered and celebrated.


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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