Everything you wanted to know about Listowel Writers’ Week!

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Where is our Festival Ticket Desk located?

Our Festival Ticket desk will be located in the lobby of the Listowel Arms Hotel. We will be there for the entire festival from early morning to late at night.  Happy to take bookings, answer queries, accept compliments, listen to problems, offer solutions, reunite friends and property, and generally guide you in the right direction!


Are there car parks nearby and can I leave my car all day?

Thanks to Kerry County Council you’ll be able to park for FREE throughout the town for the duration of the Festival. So you can stay as long as you like and, between events, avail of our fine shops and restaurants, our lovely town park and walk along the banks of the majestic River Feale. And yes there are also plenty of free public car parks scattered around the town.

Spoiled for choice with our creative writing workshops! Can I book into more than one?

Unfortunately not! Each workshop runs from 9am to 12.30pm across Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, so you may only book into one workshop. You will get to meet other workshop facilitators and attendees during coffee breaks. And it’s a fine excuse to book for next year and try something different!

Oh no! The event I wanted to book is sold out! Is there anything I can do?

Tickets for popular events often sell out well in advance but don’t despair! Keep your eyes on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/writersweek where we’ll let you know if suddenly there are more tickets available. Even better, subscribe to our ezine to avail of early notification and earlybird booking for events throughout the year. Also, check in with the Festival Desk regularly and we might have tickets returned.

I bought a Festival Day ticket but I’m not sure what it entitles me to!

Well you will definitely consider it €50 well spent! You’ll be able to attend almost all the events for the day of the festival that you have booked. The only events not included in the price of your day ticket are Evening Theatre, Workshops or the Bus Tour.  

When I get to an event how will I know where I should sit?

You may sit wherever you like once you get to your event venue. It’s probably best to arrive about fifteen minutes early if you want a better choice of seat but all our events are free seating.


Do you have events for Children and Families at Listowel Writers’ Week.

We do indeed. We have the National Children’s Literary Festival which runs at the same time as the main festival.  A packed programme of fun events for children of all ages and their families.  All our Children/Family Events take place in the Listowel Community Centre which is located in the town park.  Check out our website for full details. www.writersweek.ie/childrens-programme

How far away are the venues from each other?

Forget the car once you are parked up! All of our venues are within easy walking distance of each other and you’ll be able to see more of our lovely heritage town as you do so.

There’s so much I want to do! Where will I stay when I come to Listowel?

The Listowel Arms Hotel is the only hotel in the town, so rooms tend to get booked up very early.

If you are looking for bed and breakfast just contact our very efficient and friendly accommodation guru Norella Moriarty on +353876555516  or norella@eircom.net. She will do her level best to find you a bed, or even a whole house if there are a fair few of you coming.

There are some great places to stay in and around both Ballybunion and Tralee, neither of which are very far from Listowel.

What about coming to the Festival on my own?

In the words of Artist Deirdre Crowley, “If you are meant to be there you will be there, it’s so simple. Something will call you and say come join us in Listowel Writers’ Week. Come if you will, be open to the magic.”

All are welcome at Listowel Writers’ Week, you may arrive as a stranger but we can guarantee you will leave with an army of new friends!

How can I get to Listowel?

If you do not drive, the nearest bus and train station would be Tralee which is about a 20 minute drive from Listowel. Have a look at  www.irishrail.ie for timetables and booking.

Tralee is also easily accessible by bus from Limerick, Cork, Galway and Dublin. Connecting buses travel frequently from Tralee to Listowel and, for timetables and booking, visit the Bus Éireann website www.buseireann.ie

You can even fly  to Kerry Airport from London Stansted, Luton, Dublin, Frankfurt, Berlin, Alicante and Faro www.kerryairport.ie  and arrive in Listowel by taxi or bus www.buseireann.ie

If you bring a friend or two who can drive, we have a special discount festival rate with Budget Car Hire – use this link if you need to hire a car to get to Listowel! www.budget.ie/promotions/?promoid=writers10


Is there anything else of interest to do in and around Listowel?

Visit our website www.writersweek.ie/things-to-do-in-Listowel where you’ll  be spoilt for choice with a detailed list of things you might like to do while you are here. For example, Tralee is a bustling town just a 20 minute drive away, and Ballybunion, which is 15km down the road, boasts one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. As Listowel is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s worth you taking a look at www.wildatlanticway.com  for more ideas.



How do I become a Patron or a Sponsor of Listowel Writers’ Week?

We would love, love, love to hear from you if you would like to support the Festival through our Sponsorship or Patronage programme! Please contact the office on +353 68 21074 or email Eilish Wren, who will be delighted to hear from you, on eilish@writersweek.ie


If you have any other questions you would like to ask us, please do not hesitate to email us on info@writersweek.ie or you can message us via Facebook or Twitter.

So now you know, go book your tickets!  www.writersweek.ie

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