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


The Four Shortlisted Poems for our Irish Poem of the Year at the Irish Book Awards have been announced.

Vote below for your favourite before November 20th 2019.

Celebrating 50 years of
Listowel writers’ week


Planning is well underway for our 2020, when we will celebrate 50 years of Listowel Writers’ Week.

If you’d like to make a submission to be part of our celebration get in touch by email to 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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