There was a flurry of interest surrounding the 41st Listowel Writers’ Week this year, as thousands of writers and readers alike flocked to the small Kerry town for a taste of the literary and cultural events. Some of the many esteemed guests included Germaine Greer, Anne Enright, President Michael D. Higgins, Simon Armitage, Belinda McKeon, Colm Tóibín, Paul Durcan, Duke Special and Macdara Woods. With a regularly updated blog, anyone who couldn’t make it could still feel like they were there, enjoying the conversations and events in real time. The festival was also broadcast across Twitter and Facebook, allowing all of the absent fans to vicariously take part!
There were over 14 writing courses run throughout the week, and over 15 competitions including many for Children. It wasn’t all lectures and seminars, however — the Listowel Writers Week included literary walks in the steps of John B. Keane’s Sive as well as open mics and a full kid’s programme.
What leads us here at selfpublishbooks.ie to write about this wonderful event is the sneak peek we got from the driving force behind the festival, Máire Logue herself, about what they are planning for next year:
“We will again have over 14 Writing Courses available for people to choose from and these will be announced late in the year and will be diverse and interesting genres of writing from Novel to Short Fiction, Journalism to Writing for Theatre or Screen etc.”
“Also later in the year we will announce our array of writing competitions for people to enter and again these will arrange from writing plays, poetry, short story and children’s writing. So keep your eyes on our website where we will be announcing full details.”
“We have a couple of ideas for 2013 and one mainly being that we may well focus on The Gathering 2013 and some of our festival will focus on Irish writing abroad and the success of Irish Writers both here and those living elsewhere.”
From the various blogs, Twitters and Facebook pages that were discussing the Listowel Writers’ Week it is clear that it’s not only the talent or history on display that attracts visitors; it’s the welcoming atmosphere of the little town that opens its doors to every guest from home and abroad.
We can’t wait to see what they’re going to do next year!
To follow the progress of Listowel Writers’ Week for next year, have a look at their website here.