Listowel Writers’ Week 2013 National Launch

Tonight, at Dublin’s Mansion House, Listowel Writers’ Week 2013 was officially launched by Observer Associate Editor and former editor-in-chief of Faber & Faber, Robert McCrum (below).

Robert McCrumEver conscious of the shifts in literature and the wider cultural landscape here in Ireland and overseas,  we’ve been busy reviewing our strategies and aim to ensure that all of our writers, audiences, workshop participants, patrons and sponsors alike enjoy an incredible festival experience.  We believe that 2013 will be our best festival yet!

Between 29th May and 2nd June 2013 we will welcome writers, artists, scholars and thinkers from over 10 countries and will host in excess of 600 events over the five days. Guests include Colm Tóibín, Lucy Caldwell, Harry Clifton, Colum McCann, Audrey Niffenegger, Thomas Keneally, John Montague, Andrew Miller, Rebecca Miller, Emma Donoghue, Nadeem Aslam and many many more.

There will be forums, lectures, readings, book launches, theatre, film, art exhibitions, music, literary walks, poetry, literary pub trail and much more besides.

2013 is also the year of The Gathering – a year-long festival-of-festivals – and to celebrate it, we’re hosting a series of events that will focus on The Experience of Migration in Contemporary Irish Writing, The Great Irish Famine, A Tribute to the Work of Irish Poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi and The Irish-American Short Story and Poetry.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the first publication of North Kerry writer Maurice Walsh’s short story, The Quiet Man, we will present a theatre adaptation and show the iconic film starring John Wayne.  Our annual Sheila Barry Literary Bus Tour will include a visit to the birthplace of this great Kerry writer in Lisselton, a few miles out on the Ballybunion Road.

We’re delighted to introduce our inaugral New Writers’ Salon, which will showcase some of the best and most exciting emerging writers of today, many of whom have featured in Doire Press’ recently published 30 under 30. There will also be an open-mic session, giving others the opportunity to perform their work in front of a large and appreciative audience, where a resident editor and agent will be on hand to answer your questions.

We are also going live for the first time with Online Booking! This will greatly improve the speed and flexibility of how you book your festival tickets.  If you prefer, you can of course still book in the traditional way, in person at Listowel Writers’ Week, Box Office, 24 The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry or by phone +353 (0) 68 21074.

We look forward to welcoming you to Listowel Writers’ Week 2013.