News from Listowel Writers' Week 2014

28th May to 1st June 2014

Only Two Weeks to Lift Off! We are now just 2 weeks away from the opening of our 43rd annual literary festival on the 28th May 2014.

Listowel will don its literary clothes and provide the home for the country's best loved, vibrant, most fun and diverse festival throughout its streets in every venue Imaginable for our readings, lectures, theatre, music, art, launches, children and tours. Book now to get your tickets, festival programme can be downloaded opposite.

We are celebrating our Festival Programme with a special 16 Page Supplement in this Friday's Irish independent so be sure to get your copy which will outline all that is happening this year.

To celebrate the showcasing of the festival with the Supplement we are offering anyone who contacts the office on Friday a special 20% discount off our Festival Ticket costing €96 instead of the usual €120 for one day only! This ticket entitles the bearer access to all our literary events, lunchtime theatre, film club, launches and exhibtitions. It does not include evening theatre, tour or music events.

So if you want to take advantage of this special price ticket, please contact us on telephone, 068 21074 or email at We still have a limited number of places available on selected Literary Workshops, specifically; Poetry Getting Started, Theatre, Novel Getting Started, Novel Intermediate and Travel Writing. So get booking now if you want to secure a place.

Poetry News

We are also delighted to announce the news of our five shortlisted poetry collections for our inaugral Pigott Poetry Prize.

The five poets and collections on the list are:

Sinead Morrissey - Parallax
Vona Groarke - X
Martin Dyar - Maiden Names
Matthew Sweeney - Horse Music
Maurice Riordan - The Water Stealer
Tickets for all events at this year’s festival are now available online and open for booking on

Remember if you are coming to Listowel Writers' Week as part of a group, book club or writing club get in contact with us for excellent group rate tickets.

If you have not as yet, booked your bed and board, you should do so very soon. Why not let our accommodation expert, Norella Moriarty help you, contact her on 087 655 5516 and let her know what day you arriving and for how long and she will sort you out! All this and much, much more… until next time!

The Team