Farewell to Writers’ Week 2012

When May 30th arrived, I couldn’t believe how quickly Writers Week had come around. It seemed like just months since I was immersed in the vibrancy of last year’s festival. Now I can hardly believe it’s over!

It’s been a fabulous festival, with sell-out audiences and lots of satisfied faces, despite the rain. In keeping with the lively atmosphere of Writers’ Week, the festival wrapped up with an amazingly intense and exciting Storytelling Competition final which had the audience roaring. Congratulations to all involved and, in particular, the winner; it was a well-deserved victory.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who attended the festival. From the writers and artists to the audience and team of tireless volunteers, from the sponsors to the local community: Writers Week is a meeting of minds and without the support of all involved, we wouldn’t be celebrating our 41st year.

Personally, I’ve had an amazing time. It’s impossible to pinpoint the highlights because there’s been so much energy and enthusiasm and such a wide range of quality events. If I followed chairman Sean Lyon’s example at the opening ceremony and summed the festival up in one word, it’d be – spectacular.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog. It’s been impossible to capture everything because the programme is so full but I hope you’ve been able to find information about some of the events you missed. Or indeed, if you couldn’t make it to Listowel, that you’ve gained a sense of the festival; its values, its friendliness and its outstanding quality. A huge thank to all the people who approached me about the blog also; it’ the kind comments that make it all worth it.

Until next year…

Elizabeth Rose Murray