Meet Two New Members of our Team

We’re continuing this week with a selection of Pen Portraits of our dedicated voluntary Team, who are pulling out all the stops to ensure that 2013 is our greatest festival yet.

 Noel O’Regan, a native of nearby Tralee, joined the Team in 2012 as a member of the adult literary Team. No stranger to literary awards, he is the recipient of a Leonard A. Koval Memorial Prize and was a prize winner in the Writing Spirit Award.  He has been shortlisted for numerous other awards and his short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies in Ireland and overseas.  He has also been nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.

 He has interned with Vintage (Random House) and Hamish Hamilton (Penguin) and is the current short fiction editor for Five Dials – a highly respected online literary magazine published by Hamish Hamilton.  He recently co-edited the first Irish issue of the magazine, which was launched during the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival in September 2012.

 Noel is helping with the organisation of an exciting new initiative we’re introducing in 2013, in the form of a Writers’ Salon which will take place on a number of evenings throughout the festival to showcase emerging writing talent, and at which he will read his own work.

 Dick Carmody is a native of Listowel and joined the Team in 2012 on the Fundraising & Sponsorship Team.  Now retired, he worked for over forty years in education administration and management in Dublin, Galway and Kerry.  A proud Kerryman, he says he ‘enjoys the county’s natural beauty, music, culture agus Gaeilge Chorcha Dhuibhne.’

Dick has always enjoyed composing humorous, sporting and satirical verse as a hobby and has just launched his first book In the Shadow of the School – memories of growing up in rural North Kerry in the 1950s, as a fundraiser for a deserving local charity.

 He says he has already experienced the ‘tremendous industry, enthusiasm and creativity of the staff and volunteers of Listowel Writers’ Week, who work to create what is a unique festival, with an international reputation for literary excellence, hospitality and friendship.’



Look out for future Blogs on our Literary Competitions and Literary Workshops.

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