All Write: 1. Mairead Buike ; 2. Aoife O'Mahoney and Maeve McDonagh; 3. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe. (Pix. BME)
The Listowel Writers’ Week launch at Dublin’s Mansion House saw figures from all walks of literary life celebrating the 42nd edition of Ireland’s oldest literary festival. Guests were treated to wine and canapés while they were entertained by the beautiful voice of gorgeous soprano, Mairead Buicke.
Attending on the night were authors Kathleen MacMahon, Claire Kilroy and Gavin Corbett who were among the shortlist for the important Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, which was unveiled at the event. There were authors from the festival line up in attendance, with Evelyn Conlon, John Montague and Elizabeth Wassell at the event, along with journalist Sinead Gleeson who will be hosting some of events with some of the high profile writers at this year’s festival.
Listowel Writers’ Week this year features 130 events in 30 venues over 5 days. Founded in 1970 to celebrate Listowel’s rich literary history, the Festival has grown to become one of the most prestigious events in Ireland’s literary calendar, giving writers from across the globe a forum to develop their talents and meet new audiences.
This 42nd edition of Listowel Writers’ Week features a wealth of talent from home and abroad, with appearances from Nadeem Aslam, Dermot Bolger, Marina Chapman, Emma Donoghue, Honor Donohoe, Robin Dunbar, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Peggy Gallagher, Thomas Keneally, Gene Kerrigan, Martha Long, Colum McCann, Alison Moore, Andrew Miller, Rebecca Miller, Peter Murphy, Audrey Niffenegger, Colm Tóibín and Willy Vlautin.
Listowel Writers’ Week is from 29 May – 2 June. www.writersweek.ie