Listowel Writers' Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel.

This event is the longest running literary festival in Ireland which, in 2014, will be celebrating its 43rd year. Listowel Writers' Week continues to produce an annual, unique and imaginative festival for audiences to experience high quality live literature featuring a host of national and international writers from around the world who will present readings, lectures, discussion forums and exhibitions over the five days of the festival. In addition, the festival provides opportunities for emerging writers to engage with newer audiences with their work through the writers' salons, poetry corners and workshops.

President Michael D Higgins described the event: 'Here in Listowel every year the Nobel Laureate and bestselling author is celebrated, the emerging voice of the poet reading in public for the first time is applauded, the draft novels and stories are discussed and encouraged. Here the writer gets to realise that he is part of a group, part of a family composed of creative individuals interested in and anxious to support each other's gift and talent.'

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