Evaluating Listowel Writers' Week to ensure a vibrant and relevant future for the event.

The book fair is an important part of the promotion of Irish writers and during the eighth Listowel Writers’ Week in County Kerry, seven new books were launched and 40 publishers exhibited. New books include ‘Silence Is Golden’ by Eric Cross, 'Biddy Early: The Wise Woman of Clare' by Meda Ryan, ‘The Begrudgers’ by John Cowell and two collections of songs by James N Healy.

The only workshop taking place during the event is on short stories, those on poetry and cartooning were abandoned, the latter due to lack of interest.

After eight years of success is seems that Listowel Writers’ Week will need to make some changes if it is to avoid stagnation. Listowel Writers’ Week Programme Director Elizabeth O’Reilly says a major review of the present format will be taking place and everything will be examined.

Workshops, the literary competitions, the exhibitions, is this the best way to encourage people to visit Listowel.

So far 2,000 people have visited the festival with 1,300 entering literary competitions. Twenty two artists have sent in work for the international graphic exhibition which will tour around Ireland and may also go to England.

But we wish to maintain the stimulus we’ve started, with the concept of eight years ago.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 June 1978. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.