Colm Toibín, has been President of Listowel Writers’ Week for as long as we can remember. World renowned author of over 15 Novels, he has also written short story collections, plays, essays and poetry. He has been shortlisted for the Booker prize several times and won the Costa Novel Award for his novel Brooklyn which went on to become an Oscar nominated film starring Saoirse Ronan. His latest book is ‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, the Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce’. Colm is a Wexford man and in all his time as President,he has never said no to us, he always turns up on time and is a great hugger…
Catherine Moylan, newly annointed Chairperson of the Festival is born and bred Listowel and as she says herself, she is a “child of Listowel Writers’ Week”. She is a senior lecturer in the IT College in Tralee, is an avid golfer, hill climber and a worldwide city breaker. Catherine is super organised and has a fetish for notebooks and lists and is currently pulling down her house to build it back up again. If you want a film, tv or gig recommendation, Catherine is your woman, she is our fountain of knowledge.
Maire (that’s Laura with an M) is a bit of a Nigella. She’ll whip up a pavlova in the blink of an eye, while doing handstands, singing and managing several other feats of endurance. She’s the marketing marvel, the tweeting goddess and the PR stunt woman behind Listowel Writers’ Week.
Daft, but a little bit brilliant, the annual amazing Listowel Writers’ Week festival programme is organised by Maire and nobody says no to Maire Logue. Hence, our fabulous fest!
Maire previously worked with Vodafone. She has a husband, two boys and Peig the Cat to keep her balanced.
The aptly named Ms Wren is the little tweety bird of our office. While the rest of us munch through biscuits by the bucket, not stylish Eilish, she opts for a corner or half of anything edible. We are in awe!
She elevates the office glamour status with a different jacket for every day of the week, a bag for every occasion and the social graces of a beautiful butterfly.
Eilish looks after our beloved patrons and sponsors and if there are funds to be eeked, she is the queen of eeking! She also runs all the creative writing competitions for Listowel Writers’ Week.
Sinead McDonnell is still the ‘newbie’ in the office despite sweeping us off our feet nearly a year ago. A ‘nut butter’ connoisseur who has introduced the office to falafels, recycling and eating at least once an hour! Ms ‘Febreeze’ is a proud Cork woman (they are taking over the asylum!) and mother to Liam and Lily. Nothing is a bother to Sinead as she lightens the festival load from the rest of us with a big smiley head. She had a modest obsession about her Dunnes Stores vouchers. We are smitten.
How do you solve a problem like Maria? Our Maria looks after the National Children’s Literary Festival.
She is probably one of Irelands, if not Europe’s finest golfers, boasting prizes of jewels and shoes every Tuesday morning. She has dodgy shoulders though, so these are blamed when she has an off day.
Maria is dog crazy…her dogs Coco and Petal are her two true loves. Walking around Listowel, she waves at dogs on the streets and thinks this is normal.
Her Cork charm draws the finest of children’s writers and entertainers to Listowel every summer. Maria’s background is in the food and catering industry but she no longer cooks or bakes.
Norella Moriarty is the Queen bed-finder for Listowel Writers’ Week – we would be lost without her. Another Listowel native, the Moriarty family are nearly as famous as the Keanes! Married to the saint that is Gerry, Norella has tried the bedrooms in every house in Listowel to make sure that they are up to scratch (or not scratchy at all) for Festival goers from all around the world. As she keeps a chapter on everyone she has bedded down through the years, we have been begging her to launch her book at the Festival! Book a bed with Norella at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 087 6796384
Festival Team of Volunteers
Board of Directors: David Browne, Elizabeth Dunn, Michael Lynch, Sean Lyons, Joanna O’Flynn, Madeleine O’Sullivan, Rose Wall
Patrick Boland, Joan Byrne, Bernie Carmody, Vincent Carmody, Mary Cogan, Mairead Costelloe, Eamonn Dillon, James Dunn, Marie Eaton, Annette Fitzgerald, Fiona Flavin, Bernie Grimes, Catriona Hanley, Lucy Hearne, Anne Keane, Noel Keenan, Victoria Kennefick, Maria Leahy, Louise Lyons, Sean McCarthy, Chris Miley, Norella Moriarty, Catherine Moylan
Joe Murphy, Carmel Myers O’Brien, Colette Nolan, Máire O’Connor, Anne O’Neill, Elma O’Sullivan, Emer Prendiville, Marian Relihan, Carol Stricks, Rhona Tarrant, Cara Trant, Noel Twomey, Rose Wall, Brenda Woulfe, Maeve Queally, Sharon Hartnett, Fr Donal O’Connor, Joan Byrne, Malcom Donald, Miriam Slemon Griffin, Tom Dillon, Magdalena Landziak, Jeremy Murphy
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