Everything you wanted to know about Listowel writer’s week and were afraid to ask!

Where is the festival ticket desk?

Our festival ticket desk will be located in the lobby of the Listowel Arms Hotel. 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 long?

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 all 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 10 am to 12:30 pm across Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, so you may only book 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! Subscribe to our ezine to avail of early notification and Earlybird booking for events throughout the year.

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 15 minutes early if you want a better choice of seat but all our events are free seating.

How far away are the venues from each other?

Forget the car once you are parked up! All 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. 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 the 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’s 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

Do you have any events for children and families at Listowel Writers’ Week?

We do indeed. We have a packed programme of fun events for children of all ages and their families. Check out our website for full details.

I don’t drive. How can I get to Listowel?

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 timetable 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 Eireann website at  www.buseireann.ie

You can even fly down to Kerry airport and arrive in Listowel by taxi or bus.

Is there anything else of interest to do in Listowel?

Listowel is a beautiful little heritage town.  Tralee is a bustling town just a 20-minute drive away and Ballybunion, which is 15km away down the road, boasts one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. As Listowel is situated on the Wild Atlantic way, it’s worth looking at www.wildatlanticway.com for more ideas.

How do I become a patron 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 patron programme! Please contact the office on +353 68 21074, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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(X).