Colm Toibín
Colm Toibín

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 Moylan
Catherine Moylan

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 Hartnett
Programme + Marketing Manager

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!

Eilish Wren
Eilish Wren
Sponsorship + Patronage

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!

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Simone Langemann
Marketing Assistant

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!

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Paula Hand
Admin Assistant

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
Joan Byrne
Bernie Carmody
Vincent Carmody
Mary Cogan
Mairead Costelloe
James Dunn
Marie Eaton
Annette Fitzgerald
Fiona Flavin
Bernie Grimes
Emma Kavanagh
Madeleine O’Sullivan
Joanna Keane O’Flynn

Anne Keane
Noel Keenan
Victoria Kennefick
Maria Leahy
Louise Lyons
Sean McCarthy
Chris Miley
Norella Moriarty
Joe Murphy
Carmel Myers O’Brien
Colette Nolan
Mari O’Connell
Mike Lynch
Bill O’Flynn

Elma O’Sullivan
Emer Prendiville
Marian Relihan
Carol Stricks
Rhona Tarrant
Cara Trant
Noel Twomey
Rose Wall
Brenda Woulfe
Maeve Queally
Eamon Hartnett
Marcella Griffin
Sean Lyons
Chantelle Murphy

Malcom Donald
Miriam Slemon Griffin
Tom Dillon
Magdalena Landziak
Jeremy Murphy
Elaine Kennelly
Helen Lane
Máire O’Connor
Anne O’Neill
Rachel Guerin
Lucy Hearne
Allie O’Neill
Mary Shanahan

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