WW 2013 PRINT FILE - Listowel Writers

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WW 2013 PRINT FILE - Listowel Writers

Listowel Writers’ Week Sponsors

The Nilsson Family

Patrick Doody

Very Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Gaughan

The Family of Eamon Keane

Joan McBreen

The Con Houlihan Archive

Bank of Ireland

AIB

John Walsh – Galloping Gourmet Fresh

Foods

The Vintner’s Association

GraphyCems

John J Galvin & Sons

Billy Keane

Minister Jimmy Deenihan

Spar Express

The Kerryman

Senator Ned O’Sullivan

Lees Solicitors

McCarthy’s Insurance Brokers

Valu Centre Cash & Carry

Pierse & Fitzgibbon Solicitors

Listowel Race Committee

The Kingdom Bar

Kelly Crowley & Co. Accountants

The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas

McGuire’s Pharmacy

Robert Pierse

The Mermaids Bar

FBD Insurance

Elizabeth McAuliffe Florist

Kerry Petroleum

The Educational Company of Ireland

Radio Kerry


Welcome Fáilte

Céad mile fáilte róimh go léir!

Forty two years have passed, as Wordsworth might have

said, forty two summers with the length of forty two long

winters and once again we behold a gathering here in

Listowel to celebrate the written word. Forty Second Street

in Manhattan is the home of New York’s theatre district and

for the coming days, the forty second Writers’ Week is the

home of Ireland’s literary heartbeat. Emerging writers will

showcase their talents and provide assurance that the

creative future is in safe and passionate hands.

As in previous decades, willing students will throng

workshops where dedicated and inspiring teachers

will draw from them their finest thoughts and guide

them in their translation from thought to page.

A firmament of literary stars will light up our moments

here, having travelled from all corners of Ireland,

Europe and the globe. The spirits of the Irish Diaspora

will be remembered and their words will echo as we

recall their sacrifices and triumphs. Music and words,

art and theatre, song and sigh, all are here to be

savoured. Emotions will be stirred to be recollected in

tranquillity. All are invited to immerse themselves in

the magic that Listowel has to offer.

The Forty Second Psalm speaks of the soul that is cast down

and disquiet. Allow sweet Listowel to uplift your soul and

spirit in Irelands friendliest and most inclusive festival of

literature.

Bígí linn agus beidh linn!.

Séan Lyons

Chairman


Programme at a glance...

EVENT TIME VENUE

WEDNESDAY - 29 May

Opening Night & Presentation of Prizes 8pm The Arms Hotel

THURSDAY - 30 May

Winners’ Readings 11am-12.30pm The Plaza Centre

Morning Walk 11am-1pm Departs Outside: The Arms Hotel

Fiction: Elizabeth Wassell 11am-12noon The Arms Hotel

Art Exhibition: Michael Mulcahy 11.30am-12.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Lunchtime Theatre: The Quiet Man 1pm-2pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Fiction: Peter Murphy 1pm-2pm The Seanchaí Centre

Fiction: Colm Tóibín 2pm-3pm The Arms Hotel

Fiction: Lucy Caldwell 3.30pm-4.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Book Launch: Honor Donohoe & Maeve Devoy 4pm-5pm The Plaza Centre

Fiction: Colum McCann 5pm-6pm The Arms Hotel

International: Willy Vlautin 6.30pm-7.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Art Exhibition: Amy Sheehy 7pm-8pm The Seanchaí Centre

The Gathering: Across The Waves 7.30pm-9pm The Arms Hotel

Literary Pub Trail 8pm-11pm Departs Outside: The Arms Hotel

Theatre: I do not like thee Dr. Fell 8.30pm-10.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Film Club: The Quiet Man 8.30pm-10.30pm The Classic Cinema

Theatre: Dorothy Parker Made Me a Feminist 9pm-10pm The Seanchaí Centre

Poet’s Corner 9pm-11pm The Kingdom Bar

FRIDAY - 31 May

Morning Walk 11am-1pm Departs Outside: The Arms Hotel

Language: Paddy Fitzgibbon 11am-12noon St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Art Exhibition: Geraldine O’Reilly Hynes &

Aidan McDermott 11.30am-12.30pm The Seanchaí Centre

Diverse Voices Writing Group 12noon-1pm The Arms Hotel

Lunchtime Theatre: Flann’s Your Only Man 1pm-2pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Fiction: Emma Donoghue 1pm-2pm The Arms Hotel

Book Launch: Sue Hubbard & Michael Gallagher 1.30pm-2.30pm The Plaza Centre

2 International: Alison Moore 2.15pm-3.15pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Poetry without Pints 3pm-4pm The Seanchaí Centre

Science & Anthropology: Robin Dunbar 3.30pm-4.30pm The Arms Hotel

Book Launch: Peggie Gallagher &

Gabriel Fitzmaurice 3,30pm-4.30pm The Plaza Centre

Fiction: Dermot Bolger 4.30pm-5.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

International: The Italian Event 5.30-pm-6.30pm The Seanchaí Centre

Fiction: Rebecca Miller 6.30pm-7.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

The Gathering: Mapping The Irish Famine 7.30pm-9pm The Plaza Centre

New Writers’ Salon 8pm-10pm Scribes Coffee House


EVENT TIME VENUE

FRIDAY - 31 May

Fiction: Catherine Dunne & Evelyn Conlon 8.30pm-9.30pm The Seanchaí Centre

Poetry & Music: John Montague & Paddy Moloney 8.30pm-10.30pm The Arms Hotel

Theatre: I ❣ Alice ❣ I 8.30pm-10.00pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Film Club: Dreamtime Revisited /

For The Love of Reading 8.30pm-10.30pm The Classic Cinema

Poet’s Corner 9pm-11pm The Kingdom Bar

Performance: Willy Vlautin Acoustic Gig 10.30pm-12am St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

SATURDAY - 1 June

Morning Walk 11am-1pm Departs Outside: The Arms Hotel

Fiction: Cyril Kelly 11am-12noon St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Memoir: Martha Long 12noon-1pm The Arms Hotel

Lunchtime Theatre: W.A.G. 1pm-2pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

International: Thomas Keneally 1.30pm-2.30pm The Arms Hotel

Bus Tour: The Sheila Barry Literary Bus Tour Departs 2pm Departs Outside: The Arms Hotel

International: Nadeem Aslam 2.30pm-3.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Memoir: Marina Chapman 4pm-5pm The Plaza Centre

The Bryan MacMahon Event 4.30pm-5.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

International: Audrey Niffenegger 5.30pm-6.30pm The Arms Hotel

International: Andrew Miller 6.30pm-7.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

The Gathering: Celebrating Poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi 7.30pm-9pm The Arms Hotel

New Writers’ Salon 8pm-10pm Scribes Coffee House

Theatre: The Tailor and Ansty 8.30pm-10.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Film Club: A song for Marion 8.30pm-10.30pm The Classic Cinema

Performance: Sacred Harp Singers of Cork 9pm-10.30pm St. Mary’s Church

SUNDAY - 2 June

Programme at a glance...

Film Club: Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man 11pm-1am The Classic Cinema

Morning Walk 11am-1pm Departs Outside: The Arms Hotel

Irish Language: Non, je ne regrette rien

Tionscadal Piaf-Brel 12.30pm-1.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Crime: Gene Kerrigan 2pm-3pm The Arms Hotel

Poetry: Joseph Woods & Mark Granier 2.30pm-3.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Memoir: Michael Harding 3.30pm-4.30pm The Arms Hotel

The Gathering: The Irish-American Short Story

and Poetry 5pm-6pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Poet’s Corner 5.30pm-6.30pm The Mermaid’s Bar

Storytelling: Telling Stories 7pm-9pm The Arms Hotel

Theatre: God of Carnage 8.30pm-10.30pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

Film Club: The Pier 8.30pm-10.30pm The Classic Cinema

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Irish Novel Award 2013

Kathleen

MacMahon

This is How it Ends

“An exceptional

novel . . . It is truly a

story for our time.”

Irish Independent

Kindly sponsored by

Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2013

First Prize €15,000

The adjudicators of this year’s award are

Robert McCrum

Writer & Editor

This Year’s Shortlisted Novels are:-

Lucy Caldwell

All the Beggars

Riding

“Often moving,

and it succeeds

at allowing us a

peek at other,

believable, fully

realised lives.”

The Guardian

Gavin Corbett

This is the Way

“A troubling,

mysterious,

demanding and

beautiful book.”

Emma

Donoghue

Book online at writersweek.ie or call +353 (0)68 21074

Claire Kilroy

The Devil I Know

“This young Irish

writer packs a

stunning worldly

wisdom into her

beautiful prose.”

Barbara Kingsolver

Listowel Writers’ Week – Winners’ Anthology 2013

Rita Ann Higgins

Poet

Thomas O'Malley

The Magnficent

Desolation

“Thomas O’Malley

writes with grace

and style and

bravery.”

Colum McCann

Read the words which tell the stories, hopes, concerns, thoughts, reflections

and visions of our winning writers, together with extracts from the short-listed

books for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award. This special

publication will be on sale during Listowel Writers’ Week 2013.

Published by GraphyCems. Price €10.

Available from Festival Office and Bookshops nationwide.


Opening Night 2013

Opening Night:

JOHN BOWMAN NOEL O’GRADY

The Arms Hotel

Wednesday, 29th May, 8pm

The Opening Ceremony of Listowel Writers Week 2013 promises

to be an enchanting evening showcasing the best of Irish

literary talent. The presentation of Literary Awards is part and

parcel of the unique magic that is Listowel Writers’ Week.

The high point of the evening will be the announcement of the

winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award. New

for this year is The Nilsson Local Heritage Writing Award.

Another feature is the announcement of the John B Keane

Lifetime Acheivement Award in association with Mercier Press.

This year’s festival will be officially opened by Mr John Bowman.

His latest book is a history of Irish television, Window and Mirror:

RTE Television, 1961-2011. He has presented current affairs,

historical and election-results programmes on RTE radio and

television since the 1960s including Today Tonight in the 1980s

and Questions and Answers from 1988 to 2009 when he began

researching his history of RTE. His PhD, De Valera and the Ulster

Question: 1917–1973, was published by Oxford University Press

and won the Ewart-Biggs Prize for its contribution to North-South

understanding. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of Trinity

College Dublin in 2009 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate

by UCD in 2010.

“Superb, musically and emotionally” is how author Jane

Urquhart described Noel O’Grady’s singing. A five-time

Oireachtas na Gaeilge winner, he returns to his native north

Kerry to perform through song his individual interpretations of

leading Irish writers. www.noelogrady.com

He has performed his latest work, a one-man show called The

Voice of Joyce: An Exile Sings in Dublin, London, Berlin and

Russia which he will perform in this year’s James Joyce Trieste

Summer School in July.


THURSDAY 30 MAY

Fiction:

WINNERS’ READINGS

The Plaza Centre

11am - 12.30pm

Free of charge

Join the winners of this

year’s Listowel Writers’ Week

literary competitions in their

moment of celebration.

The triumphant few will read

from their prize-winning

entries which are included

in the Listowel Writers’ Week

Anthology 2013 and this

excellent publication will be

on sale during the festival.

As well as some striking new

voices, it includes extracts

from the shortlisted novels

for the Kerry Group Irish

Novel of the Year Award for

2013.

Morning Walk:

LISTOWEL WRITERS

REMEMBERED

Departs: The Arms Hotel

11am - 1pm

Free of charge

A hugely popular event

and a must-do for first-time

visitors to Listowel Writers

Week. This evocative stroll

through the streets of

Listowel retraces the

footsteps of literary giants

Bryan MacMahon and

John B Keane. With local

historian Vincent Carmody

as guide, an entertaining

morning of song, story and

North Kerry lore is assured,

with a surprise or two along

the way.

Fiction:

ELIZABETH WASSELL

The Arms Hotel Feale Room

11am - 12noon

€10 / €8

A rare opportunity to meet

a writer whose presence in

Listowel is eagerly

anticipated. Elizabeth

Wassell is a New Yorker who

divides her time between

West Cork and Nice in

France, so it’s no surprise

that her fiction casts a

well-travelled eye over

some very different locales

and the characters that

inhabit them. She is the

author of five novels, The

Honey Plain, Sleight of

Hand, The Thing He Loves,

Dangerous Pity and most

recently Sustenance.

Wassell’s short stories have

appeared in various

publications, including the

Dublin Review and the Irish

Times. She is married to the

poet John Montague.

Book online at writersweek.ie or call +353 (0)68 21074

Art Exhibition:

MICHAEL MULCAHY

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

11.30am - 12.30pm

Free of charge

Ireland’s leading

expressionist artist, Michael

Mulcahy is a member of

Aosdána. He has exhibited

both in Ireland and abroad

and has travelled

extensively in Europe,

Africa, South Korea and

India, where he lived with

the natives and allowed his

experiences to inspire his

paintings. In Australia, he

represented Ireland at the

Sydney Biennale.

Michael’s expressive

paintings are strong in

colour, energy and

vibrancy. His mystique of

brush strokes has marked

him as one of Ireland’s

most interesting artists.

His work is in prestigious

collections worldwide and

he has amassed many

awards.He has also

illustrated two books of

poetry for President

Michael D Higgins.

This exhibition is well worth

seeing.


Theatre:

THE QUIET MAN

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

1pm - 2pm

€10 / €8

The Quiet Man, written by

North Kerry Writer Maurice

Walsh, was originally a

short story first published in

the Saturday Evening Post

on the 11th February 1933.

The story was the basis for

the iconic film of the same

name.

This is a 40-minute

adaptation of Walsh’s story

by Irish-American writer

Frank Mahon. It traces the

steps of Paddy Bawn

Enright, a Kerryman who

becomes a famous boxer

in America and returns to

Ireland hoping to lead a

peaceful life raising horses.

However, obstacles keep

standing in his way. The

play premiered in Chicago

in 2009 and has had

several staged readings

and productions in the U.S.

Directed by St John’s

Theatre & Arts Centre.

Fiction:

PETER MURPHY

The Seanchaí Centre -

The Landscapes Room

1pm - 2pm

€10 / €8

Peter Murphy’s first novel

John the Revelator was

one of the most acclaimed

Irish debuts of recent years,

hailed as “An absolutely

wonderful novel” by Colm

Tóibín and “A brilliant book”

by Neil Jordan. An arresting

and original new force in

Irish fiction, Murphy has

recently published his

second novel Shall We

Gather At The River. It tells

the story of Enoch O’Reilly,

the great flood that afflicts

his small town and the rash

of mysterious suicides that

accompany it. A freelance

journalist and a regular

guest on RTE's arts review

shows, Murphy lives in

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

He is a founder member of

the spoken word/music

ensemble, The Revelator

Orchestra, so this should be

a reading with a

difference.

Book online at writersweek.ie or call +353 (0)68 21074

THURSDAY 30 MAY

Fiction:

COLM TÓIBÍN

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

2pm - 3pm

€12 / €10

Prepare to be enthralled in

the company of one of

Ireland’s foremost

contemporary writers. A

multi-award-winning

novelist, short story writer,

essayist, playwright,

journalist, critic and poet,

Colm Tóibín has served as

Festival President since

2006. A native of

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, he

worked as a journalist

before turning his gifts to

fiction. His novels include

The Heather Blazing, The

Blackwater Lightship, The

Master and Brooklyn. His

short story collections are

Mothers and Sons and The

Empty Family. He is

currently Mellon Professor in

the Department of English

and Comparative Literature

at Columbia University. His

most recent work The

Testament of Mary is a

startling novella that

reimagines the life of the

mother of Jesus.

A true master of the written

word.


THURSDAY 30 MAY

Fiction:

LUCY CALDWELL

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

3.30pm - 4.30pm

€10 / €8

Award winning writer, Lucy

Caldwell has written two

novels, Where They Were

Missed and The Meeting

Point, which won the Dylan

Thomas Prize. Lucy Caldwell

has previously won the

Rooney Prize for Irish

Literature and was recently

shortlisted for the BBC

International Short Story

Award. She is also an

award-winning playwright.

Her third novel All The

Beggars Riding has just

been published. Lucy is also

an award-winning

playwright whose stage

plays and radio dramas

have won numerous

awards.

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OF THE FESTIVAL

Call us on +353(0)68 21074

to find out more.

Book launches:

HONOR DONOHOE

MAEVE DEVOY

The Plaza Centre

4pm - 5pm

Free of charge

Babylorn

Honor Donohoe was born in a

Good Shepherd Mother and

Baby home. From here she

was adopted by a loving

couple living in Scotland, was

raised in the suburbs of

Edinburgh and educated at a

Sacred Heart Convent school.

She trained as a teacher and

now works part-time in a

secondary school with special

needs pupils. The author lives

in Scotland with her husband

and sons. In her book Babylorn,

Kirsty discovered that her life

began in a Magdalene

Laundry in Ireland. Leaving an

abusive marriage behind she

heads to Co. Kerry in search of

her roots. Her discoveries,

although disturbing, soothe her

troubled heart with promise of

new beginnings.

The Tell Tale Collection

Maeve Devoy has spent the

past three years interviewing

people of different ages and

backgrounds. The result is a

rich tapestry of Irish life woven

from the fabric of the decades

as seen through the eyes of

subjects born in the 1920s right

up to the turn of the century.

Devoy is an honours journalism

graduate of DCU and The Tell

Tale Collection tells 15 stories

based on interviews with

people who lived in different

decades and how they dealt

with the challenges they

faced in their time.

Book online at writersweek.ie or call +353 (0)68 21074

Fiction:

COLUM MCCANN

The Arms Hotel

5pm - 6pm

€12 / €10

Make a note in your diary

for the much anticipated

return of one of Ireland’s

most successful literary

ex-pats. Dubliner Colum

McCann is based in the US

where his fiction has

garnered much critical

acclaim. He is the author of

five novels and two story

collections. Zoli, Dancer

and This Side of Brightness

were international

bestsellers but McCann’s

star rose even higher with

Let the Great World Spin in

2009. This remarkable work

won the prestigious

National Book Award in the

US, the 2010 Best Foreign

Novel Award in China, the

International IMPAC Award

2011and several other

major prizes. McCann lives

in New York with his wife

Allison and their three

children. His next novel

Transatlantic will be

published later this year

and it utilises the real-life

narratives of Frederick

Douglass, Alcock and

Brown, and Senator

George Mitchell in a daring

novelistic feat.

Another essential event.


International:

WILLY VLAUTIN

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

6.30pm - 7.30pm

€10 / €8

“One of America’s most

fundamental artists in words

and music.” Mojo

Magazine.

Willie Vlautin is a rising star

of American fiction. Born

and raised in Reno,

Nevada, he started playing

guitar and writing songs as

a teenager and quickly

became immersed in

music.

Vlautin has published three

novels, The Motel Life,

Northline and Lean on

Pete. An extraordinary

picture of life on the

margins of contemporary

America, Lean on Pete,

was shortlisted for the 2012

IMPAC Award, while

George Pelecanos chose

Northline as his book of the

decade in 2010. Vlautin

currently resides in

Scappoose, Oregon. An

avid fan of horseracing, he

can often be found writing

behind a closed circuit

monitor at Portland

Meadows racetrack.

Sounds like a guy worth

meeting.

Art Exhibition:

AMY SHEEHY

The Seanchaí Literary &

Cultural Centre

7pm - 8pm

Free of charge

Amy Sheehy is a Listowelbased

artist who has

recently completed a

Bachelor of Fine Art Degree

at the Limerick School of

Art and Design. Amy’s work

combines drawing,

photography, collage and

painting. She explores the

ordinary, everyday and

banal, using images culled

from print media and

photographs as well as

imagined scenes. Amy’s

work is often rooted in

nostalgia, telling a story of

time passing and moments

lost.

Book online at writersweek.ie or call +353 (0)68 21074

THURSDAY 30 MAY

ACROSS THE WAVES:

THE EXPERIENCE OF

MIGRATION IN

CONTEMPORARY IRISH

WRITING

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

7.30pm - 9pm

€12 / €10

At a time when the nation

is more conscious than

ever of the dynamics of

Irish Diaspora connections,

we take a captivating look

at how the experience of

migration is expressed in

contemporary Irish writing.

We are reminded that "Irish"

writing is encoded with

migrant themes that both

enrich and unsettle the

very idea of a national

literature. Ireland Professor

of Poetry Harry Clifton,

authors Colum McCann,

Colm Tóibín and Catherine

Dunne, will discuss their

diverse perspectives on the

migrant experience.

Facilitating the discussion is

Professor Liam Kennedy,

Director of the Clinton

Institute for American

Studies at UCD. He is the

recipient of major research

awards.


THURSDAY 30 MAY

Pub Trail:

LITERARY PUB TRAIL

Departs: The Arms Hotel

8pm - 11pm

Free of charge

Saunter along with us and

visit some of Listowel’s

famous and more infamous

hostelries and get a kick

out of all that is best in the

traditional sense. Fun and

frolics will be provided by

Abbeyfeale Drama Group.

Theatre:

I DO NOT LIKE THEE DR. FELL

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

8.30pm - 10.30pm

€15 / €12

Torch Players present I Do

Not Like Thee Dr. Fell

written by Bernard Farrell.

A group of people gather in

a sealed room for an

Encounter Session under the

direction of an American

therapist. One of the group,

a young man, displays

increasingly disturbing

behaviour. The others act

and react around this

central figure in a defensive

and ruthless manner, which is

hilarious and gripping at the

same time.

Film Club:

THE QUIET MAN

The Classic Cinema

8.30pm - 10.30pm

€7

This 1952 film was based on

a short story by North Kerry

author Maurice Walsh. It

was read by Director John

Ford and he secured the

film rights soon after.

The technicolour romantic

comedy-drama starred

John Wayne, Maureen

O’Hara and Barry

Fitzgerald. The film is

notable for its lush

photography of the Irish

countryside and the long,

climactic, semi-comic fist

fight between Wayne and

McLaglen. The film won two

Oscars and concludes our

celebration of this groundbreaking

short story.

Book online at writersweek.ie or call +353 (0)68 21074

Retrospective:

DOROTHY PARKER

MADE ME A FEMINIST

The Seanchaí Centre

9pm - 10pm

€10 / €8

The journalist and writer,

Mary Kenny remembers the

teenage inspiration she

derived from the witty,

sassy and provocative

verse of the wisecracking

New Yorker Dorothy Parker

and the subversive effect it

had on her as a schoolgirl

in 1950’s Dublin. The life

and the verse plus the

impact of a great feminine

wit are recalled in Mary

Kenny’s own inimitable

style.

Poetry:

POET’S CORNER

The Kingdom Bar

9pm - 11pm

Free of charge

An informal gathering in

the Kingdom Bar of poets

and would-be poets,

singers, musicians and

anyone with a lyrical

inclination.


FRIDAY 31 MAY

Morning Walk:

WALK IN THE SHADOW

OF THE FAMINE

Departs: The Arms Hotel

11am - 1pm

Free of charge

Walk with us on our Famine

Trail of Listowel and hear of

its many Famine

connections. Starting in The

Square, you will visit the site

of ‘The Mill’, one of seven

ancillary workhouses. The

main workhouse was on the

site of the current hospital

grounds, where around

5,000 perished between

1846 and 1852. In 1850,

Teampall Bán, now known

as The Famine Cemetery

opened and thousands of

victims were buried here in

mass graves. You will also

visit St Michael’s College

which was used as a

temporary fever hospital

during the Famine and St.

Michael’s Graveyard where

you will see the empty

green spaces of unmarked

graves.

The tour guides for this walk

will be John Pierse and

Michael Guerin.

“They that die by famine

die by inches.” Matthew

Henry.

Language:

PADDY FITZGIBBON

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

11am - 12noon

€10 / €8

Paddy FitzGibbon has lived

in Listowel all his life. His

previous publications

include a play, Estuary, a

collection of poems, A

Memo To Ringelblum and a

humorous miscellany The

Second Mister. In 2011 he

published Listening to

Fadas, a study of 17th and

18th century Gaelic poetry.

In his 2012 book The Road

To Gortadrislig, he traces

the origins of the Irish language

and how it relates

to other languages. In this

presentation, From Delhi to

Duagh, Paddy will present

the origins of the Irish

language and its place in

the Indo-European family of

languages.

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Art Exhibition

GERALDINE O’REILLY AIDAN MCDERMOTT

HYNES

The Seanchaí Centre

11.30am - 12.30pm

Free of charge

"Two Worlds"

This stunning joint exhibiton brings us to places we are both

familiar and unfamiliar with, but nonetheless intrigue us.

In this exhibition, two artists present us with works of dreams

and reality.

Geraldine O’Reilly Hynes

The inspiration for her work

is based on nature walks

and trails.

She has exhibited over the

years in many group shows

such as the RHA and the

RUA. Her most recent solo

exhibition was in Dublin in

2012. Her work was

selected for Elements, a

collaborative exhibition

between the OPW and the

DFP, Northern Ireland. It was

displayed at venues in

Belfast, Larne, Dublin and

Wexford. Her work is held in

both public and private

collections.

Aidan McDermott

A painter of versatility and

inventiveness, McDermott

borrows ideas and inspiration

from both high and low art

including myth, symbolism,

comics and children’s

illustration. He has exhibited in

EV+A Limerick, RHA Dublin,

Éigse Carlow and Iontas, Sligo.

He participated in the Irish

Artist’s Fellowship programme

at Vermont Studio Centre in

the United States. He is also

the recipient of awards from

the Arts Council. His work is

represented in collections at

home and abroad.

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FRIDAY 31 MAY

Diverse Voices:

DIVERSE WRITING

GROUP

The Arms Hotel Feale Room

12noon - 1pm

Free of charge

Diverse Writing is a Tralee

based group of emerging

writers from around the

world. The group brings the

variety of writing in Kerry

together by tapping into

existing established writers

and by exploring the

different cultures of its

members. It is a forum to

open up the voices of

immigration/emigration,

assimilation/identity, vision,

hope, experience and

dreams.


FRIDAY 31 MAY

Theatre:

FLANN’S YOUR ONLY

MAN

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

1pm - 2pm

€10 / €8

Flann’s Yer Only Man by

Val O’Donnell is an

entertaining look at the life

and work of Flann O’Brien,

aka Myles na Gopaleen,

aka Brian O’Nolan, who is

widely regarded as

Ireland’s finest satirist since

Jonathan Swift. Val

O’Donnell re-enacts a wide

range of extracts from

Flann’s novels and his

celebrated Cruiskeen Lawn

column in the Irish Times.

Fiction:

EMMA DONOGHUE

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

1pm - 2pm

€12 / €10

“Donoghue is one of those

rare writers who seems to

be able to work on any

register, any tone, any

atmosphere, and make it

her own.” The Observer

Meet one of the world’s

most popular authors

Emma Donoghue, an Irish

novelist, playwright and

literary historian who now

lives in Canada. Donoghue

is best known for her fiction,

which includes short-story

collections Kissing The

Witch, The Woman Who

Gave Birth To Rabbits and

Touchy Subjects. Her novels

include, Slammerkin, Life

Mask, The Sealed Letter,

Stirfry, Hood and the

Booker and Orange

shortlisted Room.

Room also won the Irish

Novel of the Year Award.

Her most recent book

Astray is a sequence of

fourteen fact-inspired

fictions about travels to, in

and from North America.

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Book Launches:

SUE HUBBARD

MICHAEL GALLAGHER

The Plaza Centre

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Free of charge

the forgetting and

remembering of air

In this, her third collection,

Sue Hubbard meditates

both on art and the natural

world, by going to the

extreme edge of western

Ireland; to a Cornish

beach; to the rim of the

Solway Firth and the mouth

of the Thames. She

explores the illusion of

romantic love and the

letting go of childhood

grief.

Stick on Stone

From Achill Island, Michael

Gallagher worked in

London for forty years and

retired to Listowel in 1999.

His prose, poetry, haiku and

songs have been published

in Ireland and worldwide.

He won the 2009

Samhlaíocht Poetry Slam,

the 2010 Michael Hartnett

Viva Voce competition,

was shortlisted for the

Hennessy Award in 2011

and won the Desmond

O'Grady International

Poetry Contest in 2012.

He is a founder member of

Listowel's Seanchaí Writers

Group.


International:

ALISON MOORE

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

2.15pm - 3.15pm

€12 / €10

“Beautiful and compelling...

Moore's storytelling is

masterful.”

Nuala Ní Chonchúir

Alison Moore’s

amazing debut novel, The

Lighthouse, was shortlisted

for the Man Booker Prize

2012. Her collection of her

short stories, The Pre-War

House and Other Stories

was recently published by

Salt. Born in Manchester in

1971, Alison lives near

Nottingham with her

husband Dan and son

Arthur. She is a member of

Nottingham Writers’ Studio

and an honorary lecturer in

the School of English at

Nottingham University.

Poetry:

POETRY WITHOUT

PINTS!

The Seanchaí Centre

3pm - 4pm

Free of charge

Prepare to be entertained

by poets of every

persuasion. Call into The

Seanchaí Centre for this

eclectic poetry event.

Hosted by John McGrath.

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FRIDAY 31 MAY

Science & Anthropology:

ROBIN DUNBAR

The Arms Hotel

3.30pm - 4.30pm

€12 / €10

What is the best way to sniff out your perfect partner?

How many friends does one person need?

Robin Dunbar, anthropologist, will explore the psychology

and etiology of romantic love to find out if the brain and

science can help us explain how and why we fall in love.

In addition he will talk about “Dunbar’s number”, this

number 150 calculates the 'cognitive limit' of the number of

people with whom we can hold meaningful friendships.

A Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of

Oxford, Dunbar is a widely published popular science writer

and broadcaster. His principal research interests focus on

the evolution of sociality in mammals (with particular

reference to monkeys, apes and humans). His ideas of the

way our social networks are naturally structured have

influenced the design of social networking sites, including

Path.com and Google+ and the design of security software

for mobile phones. He has written regularly for New Scientist

magazine and many of the UK broadsheets, as well as a

regular column in The Scotsman. His popular science books

include The Trouble With Science; Grooming, Gossip and

the Evolution of Language, The Human Story; How Many

Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and

Other Evolutionary Quirks, and The Science of Love and

Betrayal.

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FRIDAY 31 MAY

Book Launches:

PEGGIE GALLAGHER GABRIEL FITZMAURICE

The Plaza Centre

3.30pm - 4.30pm

Free of charge

Tilth

Peggie Gallagher now lives

in Sligo but has lived in

England, America and

Dublin. Her work has been

widely published in literary

journals and anthologies.

Winner of Listowel Writers

Week Poetry Collection in

2012, we are delighted to

have sponsored and

launched this fine volume.

“Peggie is a poet with a

great physical sense of

language. The Mystery of

existence hovers in the

echoes of these wonderful

poems.” Dermot Healy

Sonnets

For over thirty years Gabriel

Fitzmaurice was a primary

school teacher and principal

who retired in 2007. He is

author of more than fifty

books, has translated

extensively from Irish and has

edited a number of

anthologies of poetry in English

and Irish. He has published two

volumes of essays and

collections of songs and

ballads. Poems of his have

been set to music and

recorded by Brian Kennedy

and RTÉ Cór an nÓg with the

RTÉ National Symphony

Orchestra. In this new book

Sonnets, Gabriel examines his

life in a small community in the

south west of Ireland where he

has spent all of his life.

“Fitzmaurice is a wonderful

poet.” Giles Foden

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Fiction:

DERMOT BOLGER

St John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre

4.30pm - 5.30pm

€12 / €10

Join us for a magical dip

into the world of words with

Dermot Bolger, one of

Ireland’s best known writers.

His novels include The

Journey Home, Father’s

Music, The Valparaiso

Voyage and The Family on

Paradise Pier. His first play,

The Lament for Arthur

Cleary, received the

Samuel Beckett Award and

his acclaimed Ballymun

Trilogy of plays has been

staged in several countries.

In 2012 his thirteenth play,

Tea Chests and Dreams

was premiered and his

adaption of Joyce’s Ulysses

was successfully staged in

Ireland and Scotland. A

poet, his ninth collection of

poems, The Venice Suite: A

Voyage Through Loss, was

published in 2012.


International:

THE ITALIAN EVENT

The Seanchaí Centre -

The Landscapes Room

5.30pm - 6.30pm

Free of charge

FRIDAY 31 MAY

The Italian non-profit cultural organisation ònoma, based in Verona, is proud to be part of

Listowel Writers' Week 2013. This event presents four Italian writers who will read from their

latest work. This initiative has been made possible due to the EU Presidency Culture

Programme. Translation will be provided.

L'associazione culturale non profit ònoma, che ha sede a Verona, è orgogliosa di

partecipare alla Listowel Writers' Week 2012 con un reading di quattro scrittori italiani che

leggeranno brani dai loro lavori più recenti. Al pubblico sarà fornita la traduzione. A rendere

possibile l'iniziativa è il Programma Cultura della Presidenza Ue.

Fabio Bussotti is a stage actor who played

with Vittorio Gassman, Ermanno Olmi and

many others. As a movie actor he has

worked with directors such as Fellini and

Monicelli.

He has also participated in many TV series.

His novels include L’invidia di Velázquez and

Borges’ Servant.

Diego de Silva is an author of plays,

screenplays and six novels. I Hadn’t

Understood was a finalist for the Strega Prize,

Italy’s most prestigious literary award and

winner of the Naples Prize for fiction. His

books have been translated into eight

languages.

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Marcello Fois wrote several successful novels

which were translated into many languages.

His latest novel ‘Nel Tempo di Mezzo’ was

shortlisted for both the 2012 Strega and

Campiello Awards. His ‘Memory of the Abyss’

was recently published in English. He has also

written for television, stage and radio.

Federica Sgaggio is a writer, journalist and

blogger. She is the author of novel and short

stories. Her essay about journalism, ‘Il Paese

del Buoni e dei Cattivi’, is stored in the Library

of Congress, Washington D.C. She’s moving

to Ireland with her family.


FRIDAY 31 MAY

Fiction:

REBECCA MILLER

St John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre

6.30pm - 7.30pm

€12 / €10

Rebecca Miller worked as

a painter and actress

before becoming a writer

and director. She is the

author of the short story

collection Personal

Velocity, her feature film

adaptation of which won

the Grand Jury Prize at

Sundance. She is the

writer-director of Angela,

The Ballad Of Jack And

Rose and her recent novel

The Private Lives Of Pippa

Lee was selected for

Richard and Judy's summer

reading club. Her latest

book, Jacob’s Folly, is a

brilliantly original novel

about love, family, and

human folly. Rebecca is

married to Daniel Day Lewis

and divides her time

between New York and

Wicklow.

Don’t miss this event!

MAPPING THE IRISH

FAMINE

The Plaza Centre

7.30pm - 9pm

€12 / €10

“Witnessing famine comes

as a visceral shock – the

slow and silent evisceration

of society, family and the

human body itself.” Pitrim

Sorokin

The Irish Famine is probably

the most critical event in

modern Irish history and

cannot be underestimated

in terms of its global reach

and implications. It is now

widely accepted that over

one million people died

between the years 1845 -

1852 and at least one and

a quarter million fled the

country, the great majority

to North America, some to

Australia and a minority to

Britain. Explore this dark

period of Ireland’s history

with Thomas Keneally,

Australian author of

Schindler’s Ark and more

recently, Three Famines:

Starvation and Politics.

John Crowley, William J.

Smyth and Mike Murphy of

UCC, will discuss their

award winning Atlas of the

Great Irish Famine, and

local historian Kay Caball

will examine the many

Famine connections within

Listowel. Kerry Archivist

Mike Lynch will facilitate

the event.

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Voices:

NEW WRITERS’ SALON

Scribes Coffee House

8pm - 10pm

Free of charge

Showcasing Ireland’s

Literary Writers of Tomorrow

The inaugural New Writers

Salon is a two-night event

which will showcase some

of the best and most

exciting emerging writers in

Ireland today. Featuring a

mixture of award-winning

poets and prose writers

who have yet to have their

first book published, this will

be your chance to hear

and see the next tranche

of Irish writers before they

hit the literary big time.

There will also be an

open-mic session, giving

others the opportunity to

perform their work in front

of a large and

appreciative audience.

And if you have any

queries about publishing

your work, a resident editor

and agent will be on hand

to answer your questions.


Fiction:

CATHERINE DUNNE EVELYN CONLON

The Seanchaí Centre

8.30pm - 9.30pm

€10 / €8

Catherine Dunne is a prize- Evelyn Conlon is a novelist

winning author of nine and short story writer whose

novels including The Walled work is suffused with

Garden, Something like originality and wit. Born in

Love, At a Time Like This, Set Co. Monaghan, she now

in Stone, Missing Julia, and, lives in Dublin and has a

most recently, The Things deep interest in Australia

We Know Now. She has where she lived in the early

also published one work of 1970s. Her novels include

non-fiction, a wonderful Stars in the Daytime, A

social history of Irish Glassful of Letters and Skin

immigrants in London, of Dreams, which was

called An Unconsidered shortlisted for the Kerry

People. Her work has been Group Irish Novel of the

translated into several Year Award 2004 and

languages. Catherine was deals with issues

awarded the International surrounding capital

Prize at the Vigevano punishment. In keeping

Literary Festival in Italy in with our European

2006, and has been engagements at this year’s

shortlisted for, among Festival, she will read an

others, the Kerry Group Irish excerpt from a story about

Novel of the Year Award Violet Gibson, the

1998 and the Italian Irishwoman who attempted

Booksellers’ Award. to assassinate Mussolini. The

story will be published in

Italy in June.

This will be a lively and entertaining event!

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FRIDAY 31 MAY


FRIDAY 31 MAY

Poetry & Music:

WILD DOG ROSE

JOHN MONTAGUE PADDY MOLONEY

John Montague was born in

Brooklyn, NY and educated

in Northern Ireland, Dublin

and the US. His major

poetry publications include

The Rough Field, The Great

Cloak, The Dead Kingdom,

Mount Eagle, Time in

Armagh and Smashing the

Piano.

His Collected Poems

appeared in 1995, the year

he received the American

Ireland Fund Literary Award.

Other recent books include

Drunken Sailor and Speech

Lessons. In 1998 he became

the first Ireland Professor of

Poetry and in 2010 the

French State honoured him

as a Chevalier de la Légion

d’Honneur.

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

8.30pm - 10.30pm

€15 / €12

For anyone who loves Irish music and poetry, this is the

event for you. Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and

John Montague, celebrated Irish poet, will present an

evening of poetry and Irish music.

A moving and powerful combination of Moloney’s

uilleann pipes and tin whistle with Montague’s sonorous

voice reciting his own poems, Wild Dog Rose will be a

deeply moving and beautiful event. The album of the

same name creates an atmosphere that will bring

anyone listening, back to the shores of Ireland.

Paddy Moloney is the

founder and leader of the

Irish musical group The

Chieftains. The sound that

Paddy created using his tin

whistle and uillean pipes

some 40 years ago has

become the instantly

recognisable sound of The

Chieftains. This has always

set them apart from any

other traditional line up

throughout the world. It is

simply the exhilarating and

special sound of The

Chieftains.

They will be accompanied

by Triona Marshall on harp.

Triona was the principal

harpist with the RTE concert

orchestra for many years

before she was invited to

play as a guest with The

Chieftains.

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Theatre:

I ❣ ALICE ❣ I

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

8.30pm - 10.00pm

€15 / €12

Written and directed by

Amy Conroy, I ❣ Alice ❣ I is

a beautiful love story that

explores the relationship of

two amazing women.

Defying stereotype, they

are here to share with the

audience something

they’ve never dared to

before.


Film Club:

DREAMTIME REVISITED &

FOR THE LOVE OF READING

The Classic Cinema

8.30pm - 10.30pm

€7

A reflective investigation into

processes of illustration and

association, Dreamtime

Revisited, directed by

Lithuanian born Julius Ziz and

Dónal Ó Céilleachair, makes

a fitting tribute to Irish

philosopher and sage John

Moriarty, who died five years

ago just after completing his

distinguished autobiography

Nostos. Using interviews with

Moriarty’s family and close

friends, excerpts from his

books, as well as passages

from his most celebrated

recorded talks and lectures,

the film blends these

predominantly aural

elements with a rich collage

of archive and

contemporary footage.

For the love of reading was

a collaborative film project

between Kerry Library, Kerry

Film Festival and film-maker

Lisa Fingleton. Lisa worked

with nine young people for a

week during the summer of

2012. The young people

learned the basics of how to

make a short film from start

to finish. They interviewed

over twenty people about

their love of reading and the

best books they ever read,

why they read instead of

watching TV and where they

got their love of reading.

Poetry:

POET’S CORNER

The Kingdom Bar

9pm - 11pm

Free of charge

An informal gathering in

the Kingdom Bar of poets

and would-be poets,

singers, musicians and

anyone with a lyrical

inclination.

Book online at writersweek.ie or call +353 (0)68 21074

FRIDAY 31 MAY

Performance:

WILLY VLAUTIN

ACOUSTIC GIG

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

10.30pm - 12.00am

€10 / €8

This will be a unique

experience to meet the

famed US writer and

musician Willy Vlautin.

He will perform with bassist

Dave Harding from their

alt.country band Richmond

Fontaine. The band has

produced nine studio

albums to date, plus a

handful of live recordings

and EP’s. Driven by

Vlautin’s dark, story-like

songwriting, the band has

achieved critical acclaim

in the USA and across

Europe.

A great event for lovers of

alternative country music.


Morning Walk:

TRAVELLING BACK IN

TIME

Departs: The Arms Hotel

11am - 1pm

Free of charge

Why not take a relaxing

journey, get lost in time and

experience one of the

world’s most unique

railways, the restored

Lartigue Monorail and its

interpretive museum. The

original steam-powered

monorail designed by

Frenchman Charles Lartigue

operated from 1888 to 1924

and it carried passengers

and livestock between

Listowel and Ballybunion.

It occupies a special place

in railway history as the only

monorail of its type to

operate successfully on a

commercial basis. Your visit

includes a short journey on

a replica of the original

monorail, experience the

unique features and

observe its ingenious

switching system. You will

also visit the Lartigue

Museum to watch film of

the original Lartigue and

see models, displays and

memorabilia.

Fiction:

CYRIL KELLY

St John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre

11am - 12noon

€10 / €8

Radio Ramblings and

Resonance with Cyril Kelly.

Drop in and listen awhile to

the gentle tones of Listowel

native Cyril Kelly. Kelly’s

writing has featured on RTE

Radio One and Lyric FM.

His broadcasts include

contributions to A Living

Word, Another Time -

Another Space, The Francis

McManus Short Story

Awards, Sunday Miscellany,

The Quiet Quarter, Fiction

Fifteen and A Day In The

Life.

Music and song will be

provided by Owen

McMahon and Cathal

Fitzgerald.

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SATURDAY 1 JUNE

Memoir:

MARTHA LONG

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

12noon - 1pm

€12 / €10

“Without question the most

harrowing tale I’ve ever

read. Even Charles

Dickens, whom we

appreciate for being the

voice of so many abused

children, is left in the dust.”

Alice Walker

Martha Long’s first book in

her best selling “Ma” series,

Ma, He Sold Me For A Few

Cigarettes is a heartrending

memoir of a

deprived childhood in

1950s and '60s Dublin that

both horrifies and inspires.

Her sixth and latest is Ma,

I’ve Reached For The Moon

an I’m Hittin The Stars. A

Dubliner, Long writes with a

rawness and honesty that

leaves the reader

spellbound and wanting

more. She calls herself a

'middle-aged matron' and

has successfully reared

three children.


SATURDAY 1 JUNE

Theatre:

W.A.G.

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

1pm - 2pm

€10 / €8

Written by former Fair City

actress Gemma Doorley,

W.A.G. is a black comedy

and modern fable. Set in

the lavish surroundings of a

sport star’s mansion while

he is away, his wife has

invited his mistress around

for a drink and a chat!

W.A.G. is ready to fight for

her marriage to the death.

Also stars her fellow Fair

City colleague Sorcha

Furlong.

International:

THOMAS KENEALLY

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

1.30pm - 2.30pm

€12 / €10

Don’t miss this fantastic

opportunity to join

outspoken author Thomas

Keneally, the Australian

Booker Prize winning author

of Schindler’s Ark, (later

adapted into Academy

Award winning Spielberg

film, Schindler’s List).

Keneally is a prolific author

of both fiction and nonfiction.

His first novel, The

Place of Whitton saved his

life, he says: “I think if that

book hadn’t been

published, I might have

become a psychiatric

patient, or a drunk, or a

homeless person.” His most

recent novels are The

Widow And Her Hero, The

People's Train and The

Daughters Of Mars. He has

also written several works of

non-fiction, including his

boyhood memoir

Homebush Boy, The

Commonwealth Of Thieves

and Searching For

Schindler. He is married with

two daughters and lives in

Sydney.

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Bus Tour:

THE SHEILA BARRY

LITERARY BUS TOUR

Departs: The Arms Hotel

2pm - 7pm

€15

Hop on the Bus for this

year’s tour as we visit the

birthplace of the great

North Kerry writer Maurice

Walsh in Lisselton. We cross

the Cashen River at the

Ferry Bridge and travel

along the ‘Ladies Walk’ to

Rattoo Round Tower and

the site of the Augustinian

monastery. Our tour

continues along the plains

of North Kerry across the

River Brick to the village of

Lixnaw, the ancestral seat

of the Fitzmaurices, Lords of

Kerry. We finish our tour in

Finuge remembering the

great ballad writer Sean

McCarthy. Light

refreshments will be served

in McCarthy's Bar, Finuge

with entertainment

provided by our regular

musicians and singers. Our

tour returns to Listowel at

7 pm.

We hope you can join us!

GREAT TICKET OFFERS

AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS

Call +353 (0)68 21074


International:

NADEEM ASLAM

St John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre

2.30pm - 3.30pm

€12 / €10

“Aslam is one of the finest

of the fine crop of Pakistani

novelists.” Salman Rushdie

Nadeem Aslam’s latest

novel, The Blind Man’s

Garden, offers us a

harrowing insight into the

world of a fictional town in

Pakistan in the aftermath of

9/11, and the horrors of the

subsequent Afghan war.

His previous novel, The

Wasted Vigil was described

by A.S. Byatt as,

"Unforgettable… tragic and

beautifully written.” It was

chosen by Salman Rushdie

in Newsweek as one of the

top four books about the

‘War on Terror’ saying, “It

takes us inside the lived

experience of Afghanistan

as no journalism can.” The

recipient of numerous

literary awards, Aslam

moved to Britain aged

fourteen when his father

was exiled for his political

beliefs.

Memoir:

MARINA CHAPMAN

The Plaza Centre

4pm - 5pm

€12 / €10

Gather around for the

extraordinary and truly

inspiring life story of Marina

Chapman. Until very

recently Chapman had

been reluctant to share her

past beyond her closest

family. As a four year old

girl she was abducted and

then abandoned deep in

the Colombian rainforest,

where she lived for years,

alongside colonies of

capuchin monkeys. Using

instinct to guide her, she

copied everything they did

and soon learned to fend

for herself. However, even

after she was found years

later by hunters, her ordeal

continued when she was

taken in by an abusive

family who treated her like

a slave. She is now a

Yorkshire housewife,

married to a church

organist, mother, grandmother,

volunteer and

enthusiastic cook of South

American cuisine.

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SATURDAY 1 JUNE

Retrospective:

THE BRYAN MacMAHON

EVENT

St John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre

4.30pm - 5.30pm

€12 / €10

You May Sing And Speak...

Bryan MacMahon

Retrospective on Bryan

MacMahon, Teacher and

Writer – Udar agus Oide,

playwright, short story writer

and balladeer. This event

looks at the influence that

people, place and period

had on his life’s work. The

presentation, featuring

songs and stories, will show

his love of language, words

and characters. It will also

show his appreciation for

every person young or old.

“All were human and each

was unique” and his joy in

the small epiphanies of

each passing day. For the

Master, “A story was everything

and everything was a

story,” so this presentation

by his son Owen McMahon

is full of songs and stories

both humorous and sad.


SATURDAY 1 JUNE

International:

AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

5.30pm - 6.30pm

€12 / €10

Meet Audrey Niffenegger,

an exceptionally creative

writer and visual artist who

has achieved enormous

success in both disciplines.

Her debut novel, The Time

Traveler’s Wife, sold over

seven million copies

worldwide and was listed in

the Daily Telegraph’s

readers’ poll of the ‘Top 50

Books of All Time’. She is

also the author of Her

Fearful Symmetry. Her latest

work Raven Girl is a

beautifully illustrated

novella where she skilfully

blends words and

illustrations to create a

mesmerising story.

A professor in the

Interdisciplinary Book Arts

MFA Program at the

Columbia College Centre

for Book and Paper Arts in

Chicago, she currently

divides her time between

Chicago and London.

Audrey is currently working

on her third novel, The

Chinchilla Girl in Exile.

International:

ANDREW MILLER

St. John’s Theatre &

Arts Centre

6.30pm - 7.30pm

€12 / €10

Multi-award winning author

of six novels, Andrew Miller

admits to a morbid

obsession – he is fascinated

with death and decay.

This is probably not that

surprising given that his

father was a doctor and

the young boy grew up

looking at “the funny, blurry

pictures of boys with terrible

deformities...” in his father’s

medical journals. Andrew’s

first novel, Ingenious Pain

won the James Tait Black

Memorial Prize for Fiction

and the IMPAC Award.

Further literary success

followed for Oxygen, which

was shortlisted for both the

Booker and the Whitbread

Awards. His new novel,

Pure, is set a few years

before the French

Revolution and was

announced as the winner

of the 2011 Costa Book of

the Year. He lives in

Somerset with his cat,

Fatboy.

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A BI-LINGUAL CELEBRATION AND

TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF IRISH POET

CEILIÚRADH AR SHAOTHAR

MÁIRE MHAC AN TSAOI

Deeply rooted in the Irish

language traditions of the

West Kerry Gaeltacht,

Máire Mhac an tSaoi’s work

also draws on the shared

resources of European and

world literature, with Garcia

Lorca, Rainer Maria Rilke

and John Berryman among

her most powerful

international influences.

The first Irish poet to place

the intimate, domestic

aspects of women’s

experience at the centre of

poetry, she was a

subversive voice in Ireland

during the 1940s and 50s.

She is a woman who

refused the conventions of

her own time and place to

celebrate the full extent of

the female experience. The

celebration with be

facilitated by Louis de Paor,

Director of the Centre for

Irish Studies at NUI, with

guest speakers, poets Biddy

Jenkinson and Eiléan Ní

Chuilleanáin.

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

7.30pm - 9pm

€10 / €8

Tá filíocht Mháire Mhac an

tSaoi préamhaithe i

dtraidisiún dúchais na

Gaeilge agus na

Gaeltachta. Ag an am

céanna, tá mioneolas aici

ar litríocht na hEorpa agus

an domhain mhóir, agus

Garcia Lorca, Rainer Maria

Rilke, agus John Berryman i

measc na bhfilí idirnáisiúnta

is mó a d’fhág a rian uirthi.

Is í an chéad fhile

tréitheach in Éirinn a chuir

saol agus nádúr na mná i

gceartlár na filíochta, a

thug dúshlán do na

luachanna morálta a bhí á

gcur i bhfeidhm ag an

eaglais agus ag an bpobal

i gcoitinne nuair a tháinig sí

féin in inmhe i lár an chéid

seo caite. Ceiliúradh ar

pharóiste míorúilteach na

Gaeilge agus na

Gaeltachta is ea a cuid

filíochta ar fad agus léiriú

neamhbhalbh ar an nádúr

baineann.

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SATURDAY 1 JUNE

New Voices:

NEW WRITERS’ SALON

Scribes Coffee House

8pm - 10pm

Free of charge

Showcasing Ireland’s

Literary Writers of Tomorrow

The inaugural New Writers

Salon is a two-night event

which will showcase some

of the best and most

exciting emerging writers in

Ireland today. Featuring a

mixture of award-winning

poets and prose writers

who have yet to have their

first book published. This will

be your chance to hear

and see the next tranche

of Irish writers before they

hit the literary big time.

There will also be an

open-mic session, giving

others the opportunity to

perform their work in front

of a large and

appreciative audience.

And if you have any

queries about publishing

your work, a resident editor

and agent will be on hand

to answer your questions.

BOX OFFICE

Purchase your tickets now!

Call +353 (0)68 21074


SATURDAY 1 JUNE

Theatre:

THE TAILOR AND ANSTY

St John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre

8.30pm - 10.30pm

€15 / €12

This play is written by Eric

Cross, performed by Ronan

Wilmot and Ena May.

When first published in 1942,

The Tailor and Ansty was

banned because of its

bawdiness by the

Censorship Board after

three days of heated

debate in The Seanad. It

tells the story of an

innocent charming couple

who lived in their small

cottage on one acre with

one cow. Enjoy this unique

true story of rural life.

Film Club:

A SONG FOR MARION

The Classic Cinema

8.30pm - 10.30pm

€7

A London-set comedic

drama about grumpy

pensioner Arthur, who

honours his beloved wife's

passion for performing by

joining the unconventional

local choir to which she

used to belong. This

process helps him build

bridges with his estranged

son, James. A simple film

that doesn't pretend to be

something it isn't and stars

Terence Stamp, Vanessa

Redgrave and Gemma

Arterton.

Performance:

SACRED HARP

SHAPE NOTE SINGERS

St Mary’s Church

9pm - 10.30pm

Free of charge

Experience a magical

evening of ‘shape-note

singing’ in St Mary’s Church.

This four-part a cappella

American traditional music

dates from the 16th century

and is characterised by

haunting harmonies,

traditional modes, raucous

songs, serene hymns, fast

fugues and high-energy

anthems. The tradition is

democratic and egalitarian

and the singers have no

affiliation with any

organisation - religious or

otherwise. The notation is

written in shapes that

correspond to degrees of

the scale, making it easy to

sight-sing, and visitors are

encouraged to join in. This

music wasn’t conceived to

be performed. The best

way to experience it is to

just dive in and try it. ‘We

sing together simply

because we love to sing

together.’

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Film Club:

LEONARD COHEN:

I’M YOUR MAN

The Classic Cinema

11pm - 1am

€7

This 2005 film by Lian Lunson

tells the life and career of

Leonard Cohen. Cohen is

interviewed about his

extraordinary life and times.

The film is interspersed with

old footage from his private

photo collection plus

elaborately performed

Cohen songs from

musicians such as Kate &

Anna McGarrigle, Rufus &

Martha Wainwright, Nick

Cave, Jarvis Cocker and

U2's Bono and The Edge.

The end of the film includes

a performance by Leonard

Cohen and U2, which was

not recorded live, but

filmed specifically for this

feature in New York in May

2005.


Morning Walk:

LISTOWEL BY THE RIVER

FEALE

Departs: The Arms Hotel

11am - 1pm

Free of charge

This morning’s walk will take

you around the beautiful

and resourceful River Feale.

From there you will travel to

our award-winning Garden

of Europe where you will

see 2,500 trees and shrubs

from around Europe. This

garden features a silhouette

sculpture of John B. Keane,

a statue to Schiller and the

only Irish monument

commemorating the

Holocaust. The return

journey will take you

through the town park.

Non, je ne regrette rien

features songs by Edith Piaf

and Jacques Brel rendered

into exquisite Irish by Liam

Ó Muirthile. They are

performed by Hilary Bow

and Doimnic Mac Giolla

Bhríde. Accompanying

them are Peter Roycroft,

Geoff Kirk and Neville

Lloyd. Designer Margaret

Lonergan has created

special on-screen

projections of the lyrics

accompanied by images

inspired by the songs. Liam

Ó Muirthile will read new

versions in Irish of poems by

Jacques Prévert. Produced

by IMRAM Irish Language

Literature Festival.

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SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Irish Language:

NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN:

TIONSCADAL PIAF-BREL

St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

12.30pm - 1.30pm

€10 / €8

Duine d’amhránaithe móra na

Fraince ab ea Edith Piaf, an

Gealbhan Beag mar a thugtaí

uirthi. I measc na móramhrán

uaithi bhí ‘La Vie en Rose’

agus ‘Non, je ne regrette rien.’

Beilgeach ab ea Jacques Brel

a chum agus a chan amhráin

a bhí fileata agus drámata

araon. Liam Ó Muirthile a chuir

Gaeilge bhinn ar na liricí.

Canfaidh Hilary Bow agus

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde,

duaiseoir Oireachtais na

hamhráin agus á dtionlacan

san tá Peter Roycroft, Geoff

Kirk agus Neville Lloyd. Léann

an Muirthileach leaganacha

nua Gaeilge de dhánta le

Jacques Prévert. Cuireann

Margaret Lonergan go mór leis

na híomhánna breátha a

theilgtear ar scáileán.


SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Crime:

GENE KERRIGAN

The Arms Hotel

2pm - 3pm

€12 / €10

Gene Kerrigan was born

and lives in Dublin. As a

journalist he covered

politics, crime and scandals

for over thirty years. He

wrote for Magill magazine

and the Sunday Tribune

and currently writes for the

Sunday Independent.

Among his non-fiction

books are the bestselling

Hard Cases, Another

Country and This Great

Little Nation. He is also the

author of four novels, the

latest of which, The Rage,

won the UK’s top crime

fiction award, the Gold

Dagger for Best Crime

Novel at the 2012 Crime

Writers’ Association awards.

This award has previously

been won by authors

including Belinda Bauer,

Peter Temple, Michael

Dibdin and Ian Rankin.

Poetry:

JOSEPH WOODS MARK GRANIER

St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

2.30pm - 3.30pm

€10 / €8

Two Poetic Voices in Memory of Michael Hartnett

Joseph Woods is a Director

of Poetry Ireland whose first

collection, Sailing to

Hokkaido won the Patrick

Kavanagh Award. He

co-edited Our Shared

Japan, an anthology of

contemporary Irish poetry.

His third book of poetry,

Ocean Letters was

published by Dedalus Press

in 2011.

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Mark Granier has an MA in

Poetry/Creative Writing from

Lancaster University and has

been teaching creative writing

for UCD’s Adult Education

Department. He has published

three collections of poetry;

Airborne, The Sky Road and

Fade Street, published by Salt

in 2010. His awards include the

1997 New Writer Prize, Arts

Council Bursaries, The Féile

Filíochta and The Patrick and

Katherine Kavanagh

Fellowship.


Memoir:

MICHAEL HARDING

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

3.30pm - 4.30pm

€12 / €10

Popular author and

columnist Michael Harding

will read from his most

recent bestselling memoir

Staring at Lakes. His

creative chronicle of

ordinary life in the Irish

midlands is published as a

weekly column in the Irish

Times. He has published

three novels, Priest, The

Trouble with Sarah Gullion

and Bird in the Snow. He

was Writer in Association

with The National Theatre in

1993 and Writer Fellow at

Trinity College in 2001. He

has received numerous

awards for his theatre work,

including The Stewart

Parker Award, The Bank of

Ireland RTE Award, and Best

Male Performer at Dublin

Theatre Fringe Festival.

THE IRISH-AMERICAN

SHORT STORY AND

POETRY

St John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre

5pm - 6pm

€10 / €8

Step for a while into the

captivating world of

twentieth century

Irish-American and

American-Irish writing. A

‘must-do’ for all lovers of

short fiction and poetry, this

absorbing lecture will focus

on the tradition of

twentieth century ‘across

the waves’ writing, in both

poetry and prose.

Dr. Victoria Kennefick, who

has lectured in UCC,

Georgia College and DCU,

will explore the fascinating

literary connections

between Munster in

particular and the

American South, focusing

on the Irish-American short

story’s greatest proponents

- Flannery O’Connor, Frank

O’Connor, Eudora Welty

and Elizabeth Bowen.

Dr. Daniel Tobin, Interim

Dean of the School of Arts

at Emerson College, Boston,

will offer an incisive and

moving critique of poetry

and tradition, depicting Irish

American culture through its

poets, including O'Reilly,

Ridge, Moore, Coffey,

Bogan, McGrath,

Montague, Wall, Delanty

and Donaghy.

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SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Poetry:

POET’S CORNER

The Mermaids Bar

5.30pm - 6.30pm

Free of charge

In memory of poet

Maureen Beasley.

An informal gathering in

The Mermaids Bar of poets

and would-be poets,

singers, musicians and

anyone with a lyrical

inclination– hosted by

David Browne.


SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Telling Stories:

LIZ WEIR, JACK LYNCH,

NIALL DE BURCA & BRYAN MURPHY

The Arms Hotel Ballroom

7pm - 9pm

€10 / €8

An evening of storytelling dedicated to the memory of

famed Storyteller Eamon Kelly

Liz Weir is a storyteller and

writer from Northern Ireland,

who tells her stories to

children and adults on all

five continents. She has

been nominated for the

2013 Astrid Lindgren

Memorial Award.

Niall de Búrca returns to

Listowel with more Tales of

the Gaels. Raised in the

west of Ireland, de Búrca’s

stories reflect his

relationship with his

country's landscape and

history. His credo is "share

the joy, honor the

ancestors".

He tells traditional and

original stories that have

captivated audiences in

nations as diverse as South

Africa, Denmark and Iran.

Jack Lynch tells a wide range

of stories that draw on

Ireland’s rich oral tradition. He

has performed throughout

Ireland and extensively around

the world. He is a founder

member of Storytellers of

Ireland, which he currently

chairs.

Teenager Bryan Murphy won

the Children’s Storytelling

competition at Listowel Writers

Week on numerous

occassions. He keeps alive

the unique style of our own

Eamon Kelly and won the

All-Ireland Scór na nÓg

competition in 2009. Bryan is a

5th Year Student at Causeway

Comprehensive.

All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil

Winner for Traditional Singing

Karen Trench and family.

A mixture of stories, music and song will provide a

great evenings’s entertainment.

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Theatre:

GOD OF CARNAGE

St. John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre

8.30pm - 10.30pm

€15 / €12

The Bart Players will

present the fiercely funny

comedy God of Carnage

which carried off the

2009 Best Play Tony

Award.

‘Sticks and stones may

break my bones!’ The

action starts when two

sets of parents come

together for coffee, cake

and civilized conversation

about their children who

have been fighting in the

local park. Frayed nerves

soon surface and they

begin to outdo their

pugnacious off-spring,

disproving the notion that

‘words can never hurt

me.’

Film Club:

THE PIER

The Classic Cinema

8.30pm - 10.30pm

€7

The Pier is a simple story

about the relationship

between a father and son.

They haven't spoken for

years and the father

pretends to be on his

deathbed to get the son

to come home. Needless

to say the son is less than

impressed to see his dad

playing golf in a field of

cattle when he does

return. Filmed in West Cork

and New York it was

directed by and stars

Gerard Hurley.


FRINGE EVENTS

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'Colourful Spirits' a North

Kerry Art group, are

showing a variety of

stunning artwork in the

shop windows of Listowel,

during Writers' Week 2013.

Participating artists are;

Tom Allen, Viveca Amato,

Liam Brennan, Marie

Brennan, Rebecca

Carroll, Mary Finucane,

John Dunne, David

Enright, Bob Scott, & J.J.

Sheehy. They will also be

showing an

exhibition of paintings in

Scribes restaurant Church

Street, Listowel during the

festival. The theme of this

show will be 'LIGHT'.


FRINGE EVENTS

Allos Bar & Restaurant

Thursday 30th May 2.30pm

The Hooker in the Lobby

written by Restaurateur Paul

Treyvaud aims to dispel some

of the myths and stereotypes

associated with working in

the hospitality industry. Paul

brings you on a journey with

his witty, no holds barred

account of what really

happens behind the kitchen

and hotel doors.

Millinery Yarns at

The TaeLane Store

with Local Writer,

Cyril Kelly & Local Milner,

Aoife Hannon

Hosted by

The TaeLane Store,

21 Church Street,

Listowel.

Saturday, 1st June

5.30pm - 6.30pm

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FESTIVAL SKETCHER

Mike O’Donnell is a Tralee

man and locates between

Kerry and Dublin where he

works as a court artist. He

enjoys writing plays, a

number of which are

currently in production -

Daniel O'Connell - King of

Ireland and Richard

Cantillon - the other 99%. He

loves Kerry and in particular

Banna Strand which is his

elixir. Mike will sketch from

many of the events at this

year’s festival.


Literary Awards 2013

THE KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsor: Kerry Group Plc

Adjudicators: Rita Ann Higgins & Robert McCrum

Prize: €15,000

WRITERS’ WEEK / JOHN B KEANE AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH MERCIER PRESS

Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to the Arts

Sponsor: Mercier Press

THE BRYAN MacMAHON SHORT STORY AWARD

Sponsor: Listowel Town Council

Adjudicator: Eilís Ní Dhuibhne

Prize: €2,000

DUAIS FORAS NA GAEILGE

Urraitheoir: Foras na Gaeilge

Moltóir: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Duais: €1,200

EAMON KEANE FULL LENGTH PLAY

Sponsor: The Family of the late Eamon Keane

Adjudicator: Billy Roche

Prize: €500 & Staged Reading with Siamsa Tire

LISTOWEL WRITERS’ WEEK ORIGINALS COMPETITION ESSAY STORY POEM

Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants, Kerry

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Prize: €750

THE SINGLE POEM COMPETITION

Sponsor: Listal Ltd.

Adjudicator: John McAuliffe

Prize: €700

THE COLLECTION OF POETRY COMPETITION - Dedicated to the memory of Joni Costelloe

Sponsor: Tim Costelloe, Profile Developments

Adjudicator: Moya Cannon

Prize: €500 & €500 towards a Publishing Contract

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Literary Awards 2013

THE IRISH POST NEW WRITING COMPETITION SHORT STORY

Sponsor: The Irish Post

Adjudicator: The Irish Post

Prize: €500

WRITING IN PRISONS

Sponsors: Irish Prison Service &

Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Prize: €1,700

THE CON HOULIHAN YOUNG SPORTS JOURNALIST AWARD

Sponsors: The Con Houlihan Archive & Radio Kerry

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Prize: €500

KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITIONS FOR YOUTH

A Range of Competitions from ages 9-18 years.

Sponsors: Kerry County Council & Listowel Town Council

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Prize: €1,500

CREATIVE WRITING FOR SPECIAL CATEGORY

Sponsor: Robert Pierse

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Prize: €200

THE NILSSON LOCAL HERITAGE WRITING COMPETITION

Sponsor: The Nilsson Family

Adjudicators: Listowel Writers’ Week Editorial Board

Prize: €750

THE DAN KEANE MEMORIAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS’ POETRY AWARD

Sponsors: The Kerryman & Writers’ Week Ltd

Adjudicator: Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Prize: €200

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Literary Workshops 2013

Workshop Director

Novel Getting Started Catherine Dunne

Novel Advanced Eoin McNamee

Memoir & Non Fiction Molly McCloskey

Creative Writing Getting Started Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Creative Writing Advanced Carlo Gébler

Poetry Getting Started Mark Granier

Poetry Advanced Paul Perry

Short Fiction Evelyn Conlon

Travel Writing Manchán Magan

Writing a Play for Radio Julian Gough

Screen Writing Conor McDermottroe

Songwriting Mickey MacConnell

Freelance Journalism Sinéad Gleeson

Writing for Theatre Bernard Farrell

Writing Fiction for Teens Siobhan Parkinson

Everyone’s a Critic John Boland

How to Book a Workshop

Each three-day Workshop will run from

9.00am – 12.30pm on:

Thursday 30th May, Friday 31st May and

Saturday 1st June 2013.

Places are limited to 15 per workshop.

Workshop Fee: €175.00

for each three-day workshop.

REMEMBER TO BOOK EARLY

AS PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED

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BOOKING INFORMATION

In Person: Listowel Writers’ Week,

24 The Square,

Listowel, Co. Kerry

Office Hours: 10.00am-5.00pm

Monday to Friday

By Phone: +353 (0)68 21074

Online: www.writersweek.ie

By Post: Cheque / Postal Order

(Ireland Only)

Payable to Listowel Writers’ Week

24 The Square,

Listowel, Co. Kerry,

Ireland

Credit /

Debit card: Online or by telephone on

+353 (0)68 21074

Credit & Debit Card bookings are subject to a

booking fee of €3 per workshop booking.

There is NO booking fee for cheque / postal

order purchases.


Listowel Writers’ Week Patrons

Danny Hannon

Paddy & Frances Fitzgibbon

Sean & Louise Moriarty

Dr. Donal Daly

Paddy Glavin

Joe Guerin

Oliver & Sally O’Neill

Marie Kennelly, Elizabelle Interiors

Michael & Eilish Wren

Joan Carmody, Palmgrove House B&B

Tony Guerin

Éamon Ó Murchú

Liam McElligott, Billeragh House Hostel

Tom & Rose Wall

Joan Flavin, Newsagent & Bookshop

Patrons

How to become a Patron

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George Rowley

Dr Billy and Ursula O’Connor

Monica Quill, North County House B&B

Dr. Bryan & Mary McMahon

Woulfe’s Bookshop

Mary Costello, Áras Mhuire B&B

Matt Mooney

Mary O’Hanlon

Danny Russell, Changes Hair Salon

Noélle Hegarty

Sarah Nolan

Tom & Mary O’Connor

Norma Maher

Joan McCarthy

Join us at Listowel Writers’ Week Festival and play a vital role in developing our programme,

our audiences and our educational work.

For an Annual Single Patronage - €150 or Twin Patronage - €250 you can enjoy exclusive

benefits including:

• Complimentary guest passes to events of your choice.

• Invitations to all Book Launches and Art Exhibitions during the festival.

• Invitation to the National Launch of the Listowel Writers’ Week Programme.

• Invitation to a pre-festival reception.

• Acknowledgement of Patronage in the Festival programme and Festival Website.

• First to receive the Festival Brochure and Programme of Events.

• A complimentary copy of the Listowel Writers’ Week Winners’ Anthology.

For more information, please contact the Listowel Writers’ Week Office:

+353 (0)68-21074 or info@writersweek.ie


Supporting Restaurants

Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant

William Street, Listowel. Telephone: 068 21083

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm

Allos Bistro & Bar

Church Street, Listowel. Telephone: 068 22880

Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 12pm – Late

Café Hanna at John R’s

Church Street, Listowel. Telephone: 068 21249

Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 9am – 6pm

Casa Mia Ristorante

Upper William Street, Listowel. Telephone: 068 23467

Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 4pm - 10pm.

Sunday from 12pm - 10pm.

Jumbo’s Family Restaurant

William Street, Listowel. Telephone: 068 22150

Opening hours: 10.30am – 4am

The Flying Saucer Restaurant

Market Street, Listowel. Telephone: 068 24490

Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 9am - 5.30pm

Seanchaí Literary & Cultural Centre Restaurant

The Square, Listowel. Telephone: 068 22212

Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 9.30am - 5pm

Mai Fitz’s Restaurant

William Street, Listowel. Telephone: 068 23144

Opening hours: Wednesday from 12pm - 8pm.

Thursday - Saturday from 12pm- Late.

Sun from 4.00pm – Late

Scribes Restaurant

Church Street, Listowel. Telephone: 068 57581.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 9am – 9pm

All the above restaurants can be found on the town map located on the inside

back cover of this booklet.

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Listowel Writers’ Week Committee

President: Colm Tóibín

Vice-President: Very Rev Dr J Anthony Gaughan,

Michael Barry

Chairperson: Sean Lyons

Treasurers: Rose Wall

Anne O’Sullivan

Directors: David Browne, Madeleine O’Sullivan, Joanna Keane

O’Flynn, Michael Lynch, Sean Lyons, Christine Dwyer

Hickey and Rose Wall

Literary Advisors: Lawrence Block, Seamus Hosey, Brendan Kennelly,

Colm Tóbín, Michael Collins, Christine Dwyer Hickey

Festival Managers: Eilish Wren, Máire Logue

Children’s Festival: Nuala Stewart

Gathering Festival: Jackie Goodall

Accommodation: Norella Moriarty

Festival Team: Stephen Behan, Helen Bernard, Margaret Broderick,

Joan Byrne, Wendy Brosnahan, Bernie Carmody,

Dick Carmody, Vincent Carmody, Veronica Cotter,

Bridget Curtin, Mairead Costelloe, Martina Daly,

Eamonn Dillon, Liz Dunne, Annette Fitzgerald,

Michael Garvey, Jean Allen-Goggin, Bríd Leonard,

Kieran Gleeson, Bernie Grimes, Mary Lavery Carrig,

Mai Langan, Frank Lavery, Louise Lyons, Noel Keenan,

Victoria Kennefick, Sean McCarthy, Gerry McDaniel,

John McGrath, Anne O’Neill, Orla Mulvihill, Joe Murphy,

Colette Nolan, Deirdre O’ Brien, Máire O’ Connor,

Noel O’Regan, Elma O’Sullivan, Emer Prendiville,

Marian Relihan, Denis Robinson, Noel Twomey,

Cara Trant, Brenda Woulfe, Aisling Wren

Photography: Ann McNamee, Domnick Walsh Photography,

Dillon Boyer, John Kelliher

Design & Printing: Listowel Printing Works

Cover Artwork: Front Cover was designed by award winning illustrator

Annie West. Annie illustrates figures from history,

literature and science with mischief in mind.

www.anniewest.com

Book online at writersweek.ie or call +353 (0)68 21074


Booking & Information

BOX OFFICE

Listowel Writers’ Week

Box Office

24 The Square

Listowel

Co. Kerry

Tel: +353 (0)68 21074

Email: info@writersweek.ie

Web: www.writersweek.ie

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Friday

9.30am to 5.00pm

HOW TO BOOK

In person at Listowel

Writers’ Week Office

By Telephone +353 68 21074

Online www.writersweek.ie

Your ticket will be posted to

you if purchased two weeks

before the commencement

of the festival. Otherwise

your tickets will be held for

collection at the Box Office

or at the venue 30 minutes

before the event

commences.

Each ticket purchase incurs

a €1.50 transaction charge.

CONCESSIONS

Concession prices are

available to under 18s,

OAPs, full-time students,

unemployment benefit

claimants or visitors with a

disability.

GROUPS

We offer excellent group

booking rates, please

contact the booking office

direct with full details of

your group.

EVENTS

Programmes and

performers may be subject

to change.

All information in this

brochure was correct at the

time of going to print.

FILMING/RECORDING

Listowel Writers’ Week may

film or photograph some

events or shows. Buying a

ticket affirms your consent

to the filming, sound

recording or photographing

of yourself as a member of

the audience.

Photography and

recordings during events or

shows is strictly forbidden

without permission of the

Listowel Writers’ Week

Literary Festival

Management.

PARKING

There will be FREE Parking

available in the town for

the duration of the festival

courtesy of Listowel Town

Council.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Listowel Writers’ Week

acknowledges the

co-operation of the Garda

Síochána and thanks the

community of Listowel for

their help, sponsorship and

support for this year’s event.

The Committee of Listowel

Writers’ Week gratefully

acknowledges the

generosity of Listowel Town

Council, Listowel Library, St.

Michael’s College, St.

John’s Theatre & Arts

Centre, Listowel Community

College, The Arms Hotel,

The Boys’ School, The

Presentation Convent

Secondary School, The

Mermaid’s Bar, Woulfe’s

Bookshop, The Family

Resource Centre, Emmet’s

GAA, Fossett’s Circus, The

New Kingdom Bar, Scribes

Coffee House, Xistance

Youth Cafe and the Plaza

Centre for the use of their

premises during the festival.

The committee would like

to sincerely thank the staff

of The Seanchaí Literary &

Cultural Centre for their

premises and assistance

throughout the year.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Listowel Writers’ Week Festival reserves the

right to refuse admission or to remove persons

on the grounds of public safety.

All works, presentations, debates, interviews,

contributions and like events produced and

presented during Listowel Writers’ Week by

authors and contributors shall be the

copyright of Listowel Writers’ Week Limited

unless specifically otherwise agreed

beforehand. In participating or speaking in

any event organised by Listowel Writer's Week

Limited, whether as a presenter, speaker,

contributor or attendee, you are granting to

Listowel Writers’ Week Limited the copyright

of the same and, without prejudice to the

foregoing, the exclusive right to film, record,

print, publish, broadcast, reproduce, sell,

distribute, translate the same without fee or

licence.


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26. Scribes

27. Flavin’s Bookshop

28. Eason Listowel

29. Woulfe’s Bookshop

30. Garden of Europe

21. The Plaza Centre

22. The Kingdom Bar

23. Café Hanna

24. North County House

25. Allo’s Restaurant

16. Family Resource Centre

17. St. Michael’s College

18. Emmets GAA Hall

19. Community College

20. Boy’s National School

11. Jumbos Restaurant

12. Xistance Youth Café

13. Casa Mia Ristorante

14. Classic Cinema

15. Listowel Library

6. Fossett’s Circus

7. Flying Saucer Restaurant

8. Presentation Convent

9. John B. Keane’s Bar

10. The Mermaids’ Bar

1. The Seanchaí Centre

2. The Listowel Arms Hotel

3. St. John’s Theatre & Arts Ctr.

4. Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant

5. Mai Fitz’s Restaurant

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