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.

Many thanks to everyone who attended Listowel Writers’ Week 2019 – we hope that you enjoyed it and got some good writing advice from it


Listowel Writers’ Week 2019 was FANTASTIC


We now begin planning for 2020. If you would like to provide us with any festival feedback, we would be delighted to receive it at info@writersweek.ie



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

Alan Cumming


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

Colm Tóibín


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

Roddy Doyle

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