Spring Has Arrived!

Listowel Writers’ Week would like to wish a Happy St. Brigid’s Day to one and all. 

Today, 1 February, is officially the first day of spring in Ireland.  The rest of the Northern Hemisphere would beg to differ, but we have St. Brigid to thank for giving us spring a full seven weeks early, as, according to pagan legend, she would make even the rocky farms of Ireland productive!

Listowel Writers’ Week Literary Competitions 2013

We’ve had a great response so far to our call for entries to our Literary Competitions for 2013, and as usual the standard is extremely high. For those of you who are still scribbling away, remember the Closing Date for receipt of ALL entries is Friday, 1st March 2013.

As always, there’s a broad range of competitions across all genres and this year we’ve introduced three new titles: The Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Competition, The Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award and Creative Writing for Special Category.

For full details of all our competitions please click Workshops & Competitions pdf, but here’s a quick reminder to whet your appetite:

The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the YearAward

The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award

Duais Foras Na Gaeilge

Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award

The Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Competition

The Single Poem Competition

The Poetry Collection Competition

Writing in Prisons Competitions

The Irish Post New Writing Competition

Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Competitions

The Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award

Creative Writing Competitions for Youth

 The Gathering

2013 is the year of The Gathering Ireland, and to celebrate this year-long festival-of-festivals, Listowel Writers’ Week is hosting a number of major literary events, which will focus on: The Experience of Migration in Contemporary Irish Writing; Mapping the Irish Famine; A Bawdy Look at the pre-Christian Irish Literary Tradition and the Irish-American Short Story and Poetry.

We are delighted to be welcoming the Sacred Harp Singers of Cork to Listowel this year to sing American traditional music from the Sacred Harp. This four-part a cappella music dates from the 16th through the 20th centuries, and is characterised by haunting melodies, traditional modes, raucous songs, serene hymns, fast fugues and high-energy anthems. www.corksacredharp.com

In addition to these and other events celebrating The Gathering, Listowel Writers’ Week is introducing a new initiative in the form of a New Writers’ Salon, where aspiring writers will be encouraged to read from their own work in the informal setting of the aptly named Scribes Coffee House on Church St.  The Salon will present an excellent opportunity for Workshop participants to read their work on two evenings during the festival.


Don’t forget, if you are attending the festival and would like to arrange your Bed & Breakfast accommodation, please contact our very friendly and efficient Accommodation Manager, Norella Moriarty at norella@eircom.net