Listowel Writers' Week

Listowel Writers’ Week, Ireland’s oldest literary and arts festival, celebrate, support and promote literature and culture of all genres. Founded in 1970, by some well-known literary names such as John B Keane, Bryan Mac Mahon, Brendan Kennelly and many more, the first festival was hosted in Listowel in 1971 where a cultural universe of writers, artists and poets gathered in the welcoming environment of Listowel. Our festival is a place where all elements of the Arts can be appreciated.

Each year we welcome national and international participants to each of our three Arts festivals: Listowel Writers’ Week 2-6 June 2021, National Children’s Literary Festival 2-6 June 2021 and Young Adult Book Festival November 2020. There is a diverse and inclusive programme of events at each of these festivals which include many national and international contributors.

Events are hosted in venues around our beautiful heritage town which include a wide array of events including ‘in conversation’ events with debut and established authors, poetry and theatre events, writing workshops, cultural tours and many more, which all provide wonderful entertainment and inspiration to our participants during the festival. Literary competitions are organised each year including the prestigious Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and Pigott Poetry Prize Award. Participants have the opportunity to experience rich culture in all its forms where ideas and stories are shared and enjoyment is had, and many friendships are made in the kingdom of Kerry.

We love our corner of the world. When you visit us, there are many attractions and experiences that you can savour while here with us. We have the magnificent beaches of Ballybunion on our doorstep, just a ten minute drive, which forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way scenic route. Our town is recent winner of the National Tidy Town competition and is also classified as an Irish Heritage town. We look forward to welcoming you to our literary haven!

For more information, contact us on 00353 (0)68 21074 or on

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Our office is based in: Listowel Writers’ Week, 24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry, Ireland, V31 RD93.

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