Listowel Writers Week 2020

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 to Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 (Details provisional)

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A fixture in the Irish events calendar for more than three decades, this very popular festival draws a huge crowd every year and is one of the most friendly and sociable events on the Irish calendar.

In Listowel it is all about writing and the event belongs to writers and those who aspire to write. The Creative Writing Workshops are at the core of the festival and are extremely popular. Prominent Irish and International writers have in the past shared their skills in poetry, fiction, theatre, screen, writing for radio, children’s literature and, more recently, in songwriting and comic writing.

The workshops will fill up fast so if you are interested sign up early.

Even if the workshops are not for you, there is still plenty to enjoy – with readings, book launches, seminars, interviews, theatre, literary and historical tours, art exhibitions, music and dance – as well as plenty of chat – there will be something there for you to enjoy.

Hotly contested literary competitions are a feature of Listowel, with €30,000 worth of prizes on offer for short stories in both English and Irish, plays, poetry and memoir writing. There are also competitions for young writers as young as 9 years old or less and for story-telling. There are book readings organised specially for children.

The most valuable and prestigious of these awards is The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, for the best work of published fiction by an Irish author, with a €10,000 prize for the winner. Other competitions  include The Bryan MacMahon Short Story, Duais Foras Na Gaeilge, the Eamon Keane Play and the Kerry County Council Writing for Youth.

Date and details for 2020 subject to confirmation.

Listowel Writers' Week Literary Festival

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry.

Listowel Writers’ Week officially threw open the doors to its 48th Festival on Wednesday night the 30th May 2018. A...

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