|Countdown||This festival is over|
|Dates||Wed, May 28 2014 — Sun, Jun 1 2014|
|Address||Listowel, Co. Kerry|
|Previous Occurrence||This festival was last held on 29 May 2013|
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Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally renowned literary festival established to bring writers and audiences together in the surroundings of Listowel. This is the longest running literary festival in Ireland which will be celebrating its 43rd year in 2014. This is a great occasion literature-lovers look forward to. They have the opportunity to meet their favorite authors or listen to them live. The festival witnesses national and international writers coming together to present readings, lectures, discussions and exhibitions from all over the world. Other highlights of the festival include opportunities for emerging writers to interact with new audiences, honor of the Nobel laureate and the best-selling authors, emerging voice of the poet being made public by a poetry reading session, discussions of draft of novels and stories etc.
Listowel in County Kerry offers the perfect setting for Ireland’s longest-running literary festival. The town is known for many great literary sons like John B Keane, Bryan Mac Mahon, Professor Brendan Kennelly, George Fitzmaurice, Maurice Walsh and Robert Leslie Boland. Listowel Literary Festival was set up in 1970 to honor the proud literary heritage of Ireland. Literary workshops and competitions are the key components of this festival. The workshops used to cover poetry, fiction, theatre, screen and crime. Of late they are extended to song writing, comic writing and story telling. There are many other writing competitions also as part of the festival.
The festival gives the new writers to face a wide audience where they can present their works. The already established writers would still get to meet their readers and share their views with them. Events of a very wide range are covered in this festival namely lectures, readings, workshops, book launches, seminars, theatre, literary and historical tours, art exhibitions, music and dance. Hence this festival includes all interests of all people, not only the literary interest of a particular group of people. It is also a platform for many to meet like-minded people which would actually set the floor for path breaking works in the future. Many emerging writers would get useful advice from the known personalities in the field.
This five day literary festival is a celebration of all written things. Visitors get attracted to very many things in the festival. Literature is a field of study where discussions and interactions are the integral parts for development. Literary festivals should ideally allow writers of all stages to take part in the festival. Listowel is one such festival which is open for all emerging and established literary talents. Literary writers should have interactions not only with writers who work in one’s own genre, but also with writers from other genre. The various competitions, prizes and awards are the incentives given to encourage all kinds of literary works. Literature not only deals with all written things, it could also cover the aesthetics of performing arts especially dance and theatre. Every field of human study has a body of literature attached to it. For instance, a research scholar, by literature means the works published in or related to his or her research topic. Therefore, literature is an umbrella term for a number of disciplines.
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Niall | 23 Mar 2014