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Listowel Ontario Canada – the other Listowel

May 22, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Uncategorized

Greetings to Listowel Canada. Hopefully the citizens of Listowel will find this blogpost and realise they’re in our thoughts today.

When you do a Twitter search for Listowel, you find plenty of people tweeting about Listowel Ontario. I think this serves to keep us on our toes in Ireland. We can easily assume we are the only Listowel in the world – we are the centre of the Universe. It’s much more marvellous to realise that there is another Listowel across the Atlantic…

I wonder if Listowel Canada has a literary festival? Writers there? Of course there are plenty of people in every Listowel writing away.

The Listowel Paddyfest began in 1977 – according to Wikipedia.

from an idea put forth by Dave Murtha to honour the large numbers of persons of Irish ancestry present in the Listowel area and is largely maintained by the Kinsmen and Kinette clubs of Listowel.

Maybe someone from Paddyfest would be kind enough to link with us here…

Listowel Writers’ Week – 40th festival 2010

December 20, 2009 By: ana Category: Uncategorized

News about the 2010 festival in “The Kerryman” newspaper on Wednesday 16 December…

Listowel Writers’ Week 2010 will run from 2 June – 5 June.

I’m sure LWW2010 meant to send us the Press Release.

Wishing George Rowley a speedy recovery

September 01, 2009 By: ana Category: Uncategorized

The news is that George Rowley isn’t well.

Get well George. We send you our best wishes.

During Listowel Writers’ Week…

July 12, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections, Uncategorized

It wasn’t all literary stuff…

Terry Jones: shadowside

June 09, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: events, Imagining, photographs, Uncategorized

Terry Jones was an experience. He performed in front of a screen. I couldn’t resist taking this.

The title’s an indulgence.


If you send us some of your writing, we’ll publish it here

June 07, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Uncategorized

Provided it has some connection to Listowel Writers’ Week…

And it could be as tangental as a piece inspired by LWW, a piece that seems unconnected, but is.

We’ll publish your photos too, though, if you send a lot, we’ll add them to the album.

If you write a new piece after this year’s festival, we’ll publish it.

Back in Heart Net!

May 31, 2009 By: Laura Category: Uncategorized

"Michael Hartnett"

The 9pm meal in Allo’s has one seat left at the table

May 30, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Uncategorized

This is going to be a good meal.

The company superb.

I’m reminded of that Paris table where Proust met James Joyce for the first and, I think, only time. Dada was there and I’ve started a novel about it.

Imagine the conversation that night. It’ll be every bit as good around our company.

Philip Byrne joins us: he’s the best ‘concrete’ poet I’ve ever met.

Mary Lavery Carrig, part-time teacher in Tarbert Comprehensive School, part of the vital hinterland that so feeds Writers’ Week.

Jack Deacy, American man who took her photograph in Listowel and led to her writing a short short story that I have put away for safe keeping, and will post soon.

Patrick Stack, who’s celebratory because, due to Philip’s intervention, he succeeded in putting up his first ever audio file – Rebecca Miller reads.

And me, who’s going to be revived by the company and the place. Allo’s is a special treat. Another time I’ll tell you the story of how the Wiffed and I stumbled into it, and came away with an altered perception of North Kerry, if not the whole Irish race.

You’re welcome to join us…

Head for the pub = Terry’s advice #listww09

May 30, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Uncategorized

Terry Gilliam & you question first…

Documentaries are such a learning curve says Terry. History at school was so boring…

Lots of researchers reading all the books for you. Experts giving you their latest theories…

No more Python series…

Richard III Henry’s propaganda… Kalamazoo brought up by Terry Jones.

Richard II seems to have been a horrible person and sold up all a pup…

For a person who learned no history in school, Terry Jones has become a walking historian. Proves that no matter how bad your school teacher, within reason, you can discover an interest in stuff that went past you.

John Mc Carthy throws in a funny comment about how things sunk into bogs in Ireland and how the present political leadership is risen from a bog.

Why so little written about Gun Powder Plot?

Terry says that’s a good question. Maybe it’s that the Americans aren’t interested.

Huge applause…

Louis de Berniere in here at 7pm – 35 minutes.

Who sacked Rome? Who’s really guilty?

May 30, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Uncategorized

It wasn’t the Christian Brothers.

Augustine say the invaders took over and did so fairly peacefully. It wasn’t the Goths.

Attila the Hun, from the east. 15,000 Huns a mercenary army… I think I was told at school that it was Attila.

AD451 invasion to rescue a damsel in distress… probably true… The family want AWOL = Terryspeak.

If this guy was lecturing in university, people would attend lectures.

The Pope stopped Atilla the Hun, turned back after conversation with the Pope. Did some sort of deal… Pope Leo was bishop of Rome trying to make him chief christian figure… Attila died drunk… lasting achievement was the establishment of the Pope.

Not Hun, not Goths… who?

Ah, the Vandals – they did it. Sophisticated people, wore sandals, had bars, hunting, art, poetry. Vandal poetry eh…

Another damsel in distress enters the story: Geiseric loved Rome, urban renewal program.

Christians didn’t stop the killing in the Arena.

Terry breaks the news: teh Romans destroyed Rome. The Pope did it.

Heresy – council of nicea… Pontifex Maximus = the Pope.

Warm applause…

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