Listowel Writers' Week is an event where knowledge is shared by those who write and those who want to write.
For the past 16 years, those who write and want to write have been coming to Listowel Writers’ Week. For £25 participants can chose between workshops in poetry, short stories and drama.
For writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Listowel Writers’ Week is comparable to the old idea of a university,
A community of people, with a common purpose to create something and the something they create here is writing.
Songwriter and poet Sean McCarthy wishes Listowel Writers’ Week had existed in the 1950s when he needed encouragement and support with his writing as,
They would nurture you and help you and you wouldn’t feel alien because you wanted to write.
At Listowel, the young aspiring writer can avail of workshops and learn from established names such as John Montague, Benedict Kiely and Brendan Kennelley.
Irish poet John Montague is bemused his workshop is predominately attended by women.
I’m sitting up there like a gentle patriarch.
Once the workshop participants get to know each other, the usual group dynamics come to the fore. John Montague must navigate through these differences to get the attendees to talk about their writing.
So to draw all this out without getting murdered is quite fascinating.
Listowel Writers’ Week is also being use to promote a book of international poetry specially written for famine relief. Poet Lynda Moran is convinced this publication will be a success because,
This is a book built by human beings for human beings it will work.
Listowel Writers' Week took place from 8 May - 1 June 1986.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 June 1986. The reporter is Maggie O’Kane.