Writers Week 2012 Blog Officially Launches

I’m delighted to be rejoining the team at Writers’ Week in the run up to the 2012 festival. You can expect regular posts that’ll bring you the latest news and help you get into the festival spirit, as well as guest posts from some of the attending writers and contributors. During Writers’ Week (May 30th to June 3rd), I’ll be bringing you coverage of as many events as possible – and once again, I can’t wait.

So why am I so excited? Firstly, Writers’ Week is offering an extensive festival programme, including an impressive list of writers, circus-themed children’s events and a wide selection of three-day workshops, covering everything from songwriting to advanced creative writing. On a personal level, it’s an excellent opportunity to meet like minds and learn from some of the world’s leading literary talent. And if last year is anything to go by, the atmosphere will be fantastic.

Now in its 41st year, the small market town of Listowel has served as the perfect setting for Writers’ Week. Originally an intimate gathering of like minds, Writers’ Week has grown into a two-way celebration of literature for writers and readers – a place where both can meet and celebrate their experiences of the written word.

A literary institution, Writers’ Week continues to attract national and international crowds and an impressive list of eminent literary figures. Poet laureates, booker prize winners, best-selling authors and debut writers have all graced its programme, and yet, none of the original intimacy has been sacrificed.

Instead, Writers’ Week has maintained an intimate feel while adapting and reinventing itself to provide a quality programme which reflects the changing landscape of the arts. Through a mixture of readings, workshops, competitions, book launches, music, dance, theatre and literary awards, the festival has strived to celebrate Ireland’s overall contribution to the arts on a global scale.

Unsurprisingly, Writers’ Week has also become one of the most important events for new writers and established writers alike. At this year’s festival, a total of €20,000 will be awarded as competition results, including the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award – the richest prize for a work of Irish fiction in Ireland – are announced.

If you’re attending Writers’ Week in Listowel this year and really want to immerse yourself in the celebrations, we have a long list of prominent writers waiting to share their skills in our workshops. Topics include poetry, fiction, theatre, journalism, song writing and comic writing, and you can view the full 2012 workshop programme here.

If you have any further questions about this year’s festival, please comment on the blog (I’d like that), email the team on info@writersweek.ie or tweet @writersweek. We want everyone who’s attending to have the best possible time, so don’t be afraid to ask us for assistance.