LWW Competition Winners

Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award 2022 – Kindly sponsored by Kerry Group PLC

Winner: Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Shortlisted:

  • Nora by Nuala O’Connor
  • White City by Kevin Power
  • Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding
  • The Raptures by Jan Carson

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Pigott Poetry Prize Award 2022 – Kindly sponsored by Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott Family

Winner: American Mules by Martina Evans

Shortlisted:

  • Shoulder Tap by Maurice Riordan
  • Howdie-Skelp by Paul Muldoon

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Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award – Kindly sponsored by Kerry County Council

Winner:  Stonewall by Mike Guerin

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Poetry Collection – Kindly sponsored by Tim Costello, Profile Developments

Winner: Scenes from a Boneyard by Lorraine McArdle

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Duais Foras na Gaeilge – Kindly sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge

Winner:  Focal ar Fhocal by Áine Ní Ghlinn

Special Mention:

  • Seanmhná Chernobyl by Eibhlís Carcione
  • Neoidríonónna by John Tinneny

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Nilsson Local Heritage Award – Kindly sponsored by the Nilsson Family

Winner:  Developing Rural Ireland by Michéal Ó Fathartaigh

Second Prize:  Vinegar Hill – The Last Stand of the Wexford Rebels of 1798 by Ronan O’Flaherty & Jacqui Hanes

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Creative Writing for Adults with Learning Difficulties and, or, Disabilities, Award – Kindly sponsored by Pierse Fitzgibbon Solicitors

Winner:  Catching Green Waves by Eileen Stelter

Special Mention:

  • How Can You Keep On Moving by Ben Donnelly
  • The Express Bus by Maeve Doyle

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Eamon Keane Full Length  Play Award, kindly Sponsored by Billy Walsh & Family, Aspire Technology Ltd

Winner:  Search and Rescue by Daniel Wade

Special Mention:

  • Three Rooms by Mary Coleman
  • Drop by Bridgid Galvin
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Listowel Writers’ Week would like to sincerely thank all Sponsors who supported this year’s competitions and the many competition entrants who submitted their work.

Festival Programme Live

1st to 5th June
Listowel Writers’ Week programme IS NOW LIVE TO VIEW.

Caint sa Chearnóg

Join us on this great event – Caint sa Chearnóg on 4th June at St John’s Theatre Listowel, at 5 pm. Click below to read more and how to purchase tickets.

2022 Workshops

2022 Workshops take place 1st to 5th June.

We are delighted to announce the 2022 Workshops are available to book. There is a broad range of workshops taking place at Listowel Writers’ Week this year, which include:

  • Catherine Dunne – 3 Day Creative Writing Masterclass
  • Paul McVeigh – 3 Day Short Story Workshop
  • Kit de Waal – Half Day ‘Crafting Characters’ Memoir Masterclass
  • Bernie McGill – 3 Day Writing a Novel Workshop
  • Clodagh Beresford Dunne – 2 Day ‘Forever Beginning’ Poetry Workshop
  • John MacKenna – 2 Day ‘You’ve Got Me Singing’ Leonard Cohen Workshop
  • Emma Langford – 2 Day Songwriting Workshop
  • Olivia Hope – Half Day Writing for Children Masterclass

Booking is essential as places are limited on all workshops. Click here to book https://writersweek.ie/workshops/

Ireland’s Oldest Literary Festival

Welcome to Listowel Writers’ Week, Ireland’s oldest literary and arts festival where writers, artists and poets gather in the beautiful Kerry heritage town of Listowel in Co Kerry.  We promote writing and all its genres throughout the literary community, and create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible audience and where writers and readers celebrate the written word, together. At the heart of our annual celebration is a commitment to developing and promoting writing talent.

Listowel Writers’ Week is devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry. This is done through literary panel discussions, moderated talks, poetry readings, interviews, cultural tours, walks and more.

President Michael D. Higgins describes Listowel Writers’ Week as the place ‘where cruthaíocht is created’. So whether you nestle into the hearth of John B Keane’s pub for a reading, take a journey into the rich culture of scenic North Kerry in the Kerry Writers’ Museum, travel by the #WildAtlanticWay or sit back and enjoy the musings of internationally acclaimed writers in the Listowel Arms Hotel; be sure to join us as we celebrate our 51th Festival 1st to 5th June 2022.

Support Culture

We aspire to support and encourage writers & artists, and all involved in the literary world.

Your donation will help us promote, support and encourage writers & artists, thus ensuring that the literary and artistic talent in Ireland continues to be fostered and celebrated.


We’ve introduced some wonderful guests to Listowel over the years, and each of them has left with fond memories. Hover over the images below to share in some of these experiences …

“I’ve been to many writing festivals since then but none as warm; or as mad!”

Roddy Doyle

“I was blown away with the warmth of the welcome I received, and how genuinely interested the audience here is. I’ll definitely be back!”

Jan Carson

“Listowel Writers’ Week is serious about literature. Everyone who comes here knows how much literature enriches our lives.”

Colm Tóibín

“Listowel Writers’ Week is warm-hearted, welcoming and entirely wonderful!”

Alexandra Pringle

“Just the most wonderful festival – where else can you have seaweed baths AND listen to poems in a pub?!”

Tishani Doshi

“Best Literary Festival in the World!”

Graham Norton

“It’s a celebration of writing and writers like no other. I can’t wait to come back!”

Jess Kidd

“Listowel Writers’ Week is warm and kind. Kindness is free!”

Lemn Sissay

“One of my best experiences at a book festival, the people and the town made it!”

Alan Cummings

“What a wonderful festival, the atmosphere is phenomenal! I’ll be raving about it to everyone.”

Emma Dabiri

“The week of the literary year in Ireland, may eve beyond!”

Paul Muldoon

“I love the warmth and informality of this wonderful gathering.”

Emma Donoghue

Sponsors & Patrons

Here at Listowel Writers’ Week we understand the value of community spirit and support. Since 1970, Listowel Writers’ Week has been supported by committed and generous Sponsors and Patrons who have given the festival the opportunity to expand and produce a wide and varied programme of events, creating an environment where literature and the arts can be appreciated by the widest possible audience.

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