40 and Creative!

Listowel Writers’ Week kicks off the New Year with the announcement of their much sought after and varied array of literary workshops and competitions for 2011 in addition to their celebration of 40 years of the festival in June 2011.

Established in 1970 with the first festival taking place in 1971, this festival is recognised by those in the know as one of the most important literary events in the country. The reason for its success over the years is that the festival takes place in a unique atmosphere of learning and celebration which gives new and established writers an opportunity to discuss their work before a national and international audience.

All the greats of literature have descended on the market town of Listowel for the June Bank Holiday weekend for the past 40 years and all have left with a sense that something very special takes place in the town over the five days of the festival. Moreover the success of this specific festival is that it is held in a relaxed, convivial and unpretentious atmosphere which draws the writer and reader together in one melting pot that is the love of books!

At this time of year, Listowel Writers’ Week always announce details of their hugely successful array of three –day literary workshops. 2011 is no different, the workshops range from Novel, Creative Writing, Poetry, Screen, Theatre, Popular Fiction, Writing Funny, Short Fiction and (new for 2011) History Writing. Therefore if you consider yourself a budding writer with something to learn, there is definitely a class for everyone in the choice Listowel has provided. In addition Writers’ Week always ensure that their workshop mentors are from the cream of the crop and include John MacKenna, Aifric Campbell, Sarah Webb, Harry Clifton, David Park, Marina Carr, Mark O’Halloran and Robert Lacey to name a small selection.

Listowel Writers’ Week also have in place a host of competitions with a prize fund of over €30k up to be won and again the varied categories means that all areas of writing are covered from short story, poetry, play and writing for youth. The most notable of the Listowel Writers’ Week competitions is the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, which has a prize of €15,000 for Irish Novel of the year, the most valuable fiction prize in Ireland for a Novel by an Irish Author.
This year’s festival will take place from the 1st to the 5th June 2011, we be looking forward with anticipation to those who will be appearing at this 40th Anniversary Festival details of which will be announced in April.

Full details on www.writersweek.ie or email info@writersweek.ie Tel: 068 21074