Listowel Writers' Week looks to change a perception of being a festival just for the elite.

After fourteen years promoting and celebrating literature writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice, who is launching his first book during the festival, does not believe that Listowel Writer's Week is elitist. 

It's upmarket certainly. It's the type of festival that has a broad appeal.

The festival has a broader appeal than being just for writers. The week long event features workshops where seventy young writers are tutored. There is a commercial aspect at the book fair with six book launches taking place throughout the week including one from local writer John B Keane.

The festival this year includes a competition to promote writing among prisoners.

Local poets are also being encouraged to take part in a special forum where they are free to present the best of their work. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 June 1984. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.