We are delighted to announce our 2016 Festival Programme – at which Fiction, Philosophy and Football are among this year’s themes – is now Open for Booking!
Dates are Bank Holiday Weekend: Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th June
As we celebrate 45 years of the festival’s history, writers and audiences alike continue to comment on the wonderful spirit of the festival, its intimate and informal atmosphere and the great hospitality of the local people and surrounding area, as we never forget Bryan MacMahon’s advice way back in 1971 to ‘always remember to keep one foot in the cow dung‘.
Listowel Writers’ Week – A Kingdom of Words
Award-winning Irish and international writers descending on our beautiful heritage town in June include Gerbrand Bakker, Joanne Harris, AC Grayling, Danielle McLaughlin, David Park, Lucy Caldwell, Louis De Berniéres, Anakana Schofield, Patrick De Witt, James Runcie and AL Kennedy.
Also making an appearance are Pulitzer prize-winning poets Paul Muldoon and Gregory Pardlo, who will be travelling from New York to woo the Listowel audiences with their poetic vision. Paul Muldoon will also officially open the festival at The Arms Hotel on the Wednesday night at 8pm. Other internationals attending are award-winning writers Jean Echenoz from France and Israel’s Savyon Liebrecht.
Home of the Creative Writing Workshop in Ireland for over four decades, a wide selection of 2 and 3-Day Workshops take place during the mornings of the festival and are directed by renowned Irish and international writers/teachers such as Ferdia MacAnna, Thomas McCarthy and Magi Gibson. Places are still available, but you’ll need to Book Now to avoid disappointment.
Faber Academy’s Richard Skinner, who will direct the Advanced Novel Workshop, will also be discussing his new book The Busby Babes with award-winning sports journalist Weeshie Fogarty.
Our festival hosts thriving children’s and young adult events, which this year includes Francesca Simon, author of the staggeringly popular Horrid Henry series and Louise O’Neill, described by the Guardian as ‘the best YA fiction writer alive today.’ Other children’s and YA events include readings and workshops with Donal Ryan, Steven Butler, Philip Reeve, Sarah Webb and PJ Lynch.
An innovative addition this year will see IMPAC Winning Dutch writer (and gardener) Gerbrand Bakker take a small group of lucky people to one of Listowel’s most beautiful spaces, the Garden of Europe, where he will talk about sense of place and the link between nature and writing.
Well known for its friendliness and informal atmosphere, Listowel Writers’ Week has something for everyone, with its diverse selection of readings, interviews, forums, poetry, art, theatre, book launches, pub trails and bus & walking tours. Whether you visit for a day or stay for the week, the unique atmosphere of the festival will leave you with a lasting impression of the famous Magic that is Listowel.
Tickets for all events are available from our Box Office and don’t forget, you can also avail of a Festival Pass for €120 or a Day Pass for €40.