WHO WE ARE
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 our invitations. He always turns up on time and is a great hugger …
Catherine 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, 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.
Sharon’s ideal world is full of innovative businesses and creative people engaging in a fun and friendly way. She is a marketing fanatic and gets a thrill out of seeing a good idea come together. When she switches off from her work you’ll find her cooking up a storm of a meal, designing another interior space or soaking up the air and sunshine on the #WildAtlanticWay at Ballybunion Beach. For more relaxing days a good book must come bundled with a comfy chair, yummy chocolate and a warm cuppa! Her favourite quote is by Charles Dickens: “Never say never” because you just don’t know what might happen, as she believes that everything is possible!
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!
Simone is passionate about tourism, engaging with people and having lived in four different countries, she now calls Ireland her home. Her affection for family, a “big Kerry man” who settled her down in Kerry, is simply what life is about. A lover of dogs and walks, Simone loves to delve into a good book that takes her on a journey of tales and adventure. Timeless fashion is always a winner for this elegant lady – a girl who loves to dream!
Paula oozes creativity, from her journal scribbles to reading, and her love of the written word. She believes every story deserves a special place in someone’s hands, as everybody has a story to share with the world. Photography is her other passion and creative outlet, as is walking the beautiful landscapes of County Kerry. On other days you’ll find her pottering in the garden, planting the seeds for many ideas, and feeding her koi.
Voluntary Festival Committee
Board of Directors: David Browne, Elizabeth Dunn, Rose Wall, Joan McCarthy, Jimmy Deenihan, Eamonn Dillon, Catherine Moylan
Adain Ó Murchú
Joanna Keane O’Flynn
Carmel Myers O’Brien
Miriam Slemon Griffin