Literary capital of Ireland to host Listowel Writers’ Week in June

Published on : Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tourism Ireland imagesCelebrating its 45th edition, the internationally acclaimed Listowel Writers’ Week will be held from June 1-5 in beautiful Listowel in County Kerry (Ireland) where, according to one of Ireland’s most prominent writers, John B Keane, ‘it is easier to write than not to write’.


The event comprises 13 two- or three-day creative writing workshops delivered by some of the most respected names in Irish and international literature.


Among the line-up this year is Richard Skinner, the Director of Fiction at Faber Academy, who will deliver an advanced course on novel writing, and award-winning Irish poet Thomas McCarthy, whose workshop aims to help poets strengthen their technique and instincts.


Scottish poet and writer Magi Gibson, who specialises in working with women, will be running a workshop attempting to awaken the ‘wild woman writer’ in participants.


There will also be workshops on writing comedy for TV, fiction, writing for theatre, writing for screen, memoir and non-fiction writing, and creative writing.


The workshops are open to anyone (although booking is required), and some are aimed at helping people start the writing process while others are more suited to experienced writers.


Listowel Writers’ Week also features the National Children’s Literary Festival which encourages children to discover and engage with the world of literature and arts.


As the workshops take place over consecutive mornings, the afternoons and evenings can be spent exploring Listowel or enjoying art exhibitions, readings, lectures, historical walks, theatre, music and pub trails.


Listowel has been described as the literary capital of Ireland and is the birthplace of many of Ireland’s prominent writers past and present, including John B Keane, famous for The Field and Big Maggie, and Maurice Walsh who penned the Hollywood blockbuster The Quiet Man.


A visit to Listowel Castle and the Kerry Writers’ Museum and a stop at John B Keane’s pub (still run by the Keane family) are must-dos for visitors to the town.


Listowel is also just a 15 minute drive from the beautiful seaside town of Ballybunion on the Wild Atlantic Way, which boasts sandy beaches, magnificent cliffs, first class golf courses and the famous seaweed baths.


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