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John Sharry – a mind changer? Coming soon

May 17, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, events, Speaker

Google Alerts are very useful. You can instruct Google to let you know when “Listowel Writers’ Week 2010″ is mentioned anywhere on the internet. Google will find it and you get an email to bring the link to your attention.

Is there a better way to keep in touch with your interests?

Here’s something I found out via Google Alert:

Solution Talk

a doctor, psychotherapist, coach

John Sharry [psychotherapist & coach] at Listowel Writers Week 2010.
John will present a talk on the principles of emotionally intelligent relationships, showing how contentment depends on self-awareness and communication. [Sounds like serious stuff eh? But maybe life-changing, enhancing? ]

This talk will take place in the Arms Hotel, Listowel, Friday 4th June at 4.30pm. See www.writersweek.ie for further details and a full programme of events.

George Rowley – the Open Mic @ Listowel

May 16, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, events, participants, workshop

I went into the White House Pub in Limerick on Wednesday evening. The poets were gathered for their weekly session. Matthew Gedden was going to read from his new collection “Swimming to Albania“…

My intention was to read a poem or two with all the other poets who surrounded the guest.

A man in a dark coat clutching a paper muttered “Hello Paul“. I didn’t know him. “Hello, how do you know me?” “Listowel” – and then I realised he was one of the poets who’d read in The Kingdom Bar last year. A Listowel poet who’d performed under the light of George Rowley.

Here’s George Rowley singing – a YouTube video shot in the poor light of the pub. Those of us who know George’s style know he sings, dances, rhymes and generally makes a lovely atmosphere for many hours during Writers’ Week.

The man in the dark jacket told me James McGrath will take George’s place this year. James will be MC (master of ceremonies) in The Kingdom Bar two or three times – when so many people crowd in to perform and partake.

I’d like to wish James well. George Rowley is an impossible act to emulate. Keep George’s seat warm in 2010.

ps I first met James McGrath at Listowel Writers’ Week in 2007. We did the Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill poetry workshop together.

Michelin Guide on Listowel Writers’ Week

April 14, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, connections, events

Michelin Guide says Listowel & North Kerry has a fine literary reputation… (a short piece)

There is a list of 14 places recommended…

The Kerryman today…

January 27, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, creative writing, events, organisers, participants, preparations, starting up, workshop

There’s a nice report today in The Kerryman newspaper. The message seems to be :

Get your booking for a writer’s workshop in early this year: unprecedented demand for places.

Michael Lynch, chairman of Writers’ Week Listowel organising committee, encourages you to book now.

LWW Takes a Great Leap Forward for 2010

January 20, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, blogs, connections, events, historical, organisers, preparations, Reflections, starting up

Today Listowel Writers’ Week joined the new world. The Festival published its revamped website, which looks great.

But it had a good website last year.

The great leap forward is the simultaneous launch of its Facebook page and Twitter identity. This change is significant. It’s just in time for the 40th anniversary of LWW Literary Festival. I’ve immediately sent a request to be admitted as a Facebook Friend.

In my opinion, it would have been better if the Festival set up its Facebook presence differently – made it possible to become a “Facebook Fan” of Writers’ Week. But the big step it to get out where the public is.

The Festival is in Listowel for a few days every year, but there is a whole world of people who can’t make it to Listowel. There are so many who would be interested to know what’s going on. This Facebook presence give everyone a chance of linking up with the spirit of Listowel Writers’ Week. John B Keane and Bryan McMahon would have approved. They always wanted the Festival to break the boundaries of the parochial.

The Twitter move is dramatic.
Once you go on Twitter, you have to engage. People follow you, and you can’t afford to ignore them – it damages your reputation if you offer nothing to your followers. You have to tweet. People can see how serious you are about sharing, linking, engaging… Twitter is a medium which exposes a lot of your soul.
As soon as I got alerted to @writersweek on Twitter, I followed. I urge you all to do the same. Nothing will do more to raise the profile of LWW, all round the world, than a really good presence on Twitter.

It’s still not clear to me what this blog’s plan for LWW2010 is to be.
We are completely independent of the Festival Committee. We love the Festival. We’d love the Committee to love us, but we have no right to expect it. During 2009 Festival, the organising committee were civil to us. But if they liked anything we did, they didn’t let us know.

I have huge emotional attachment to Listowel Writers’ Week Festival.
It would be wonderful to continue to blog it again. I am completely convinced that all Festivals that are any good should be blogged. It’s all about making the hard work of organising the Festival visible to the audience of the future. All valuable Festivals deserve to be out there, reaching round the globe.

We’ve heard a lot about the Irish Diaspora, what about the Listowel Writers’ Week Diaspora?

This is surely a day for celebration. May the Fesitival of the Future be a credit to the joyful spirit of its founders…

Book Festivals round World including Listowel

January 06, 2010 By: ana Category: blogs, connections, events

From BiblioBuffet a useful list of book festivals in 2010. Lots in Ireland, including Listowel….

Looks like an interesting blog too

The Joy of Writing on the Kerry50

January 03, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections, events, historical

A fine piece of writing here from The Joy of Writing blog

Another report here from Global Comment …

Irish Times report on Listowel Assault & Courtroom Drama

December 23, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections, events, historical

Today, Wednesday 23 December, The Irish Times published these two letters…

On Monday 21 December, The Irish Times report

On 19 December, the Irish Examiner reported

Last Saturday, 19 December, The Irish Times published this…

Other newspaper articles here

P J Kennedy of LWW fame opens an exhibition in Ballinamore

July 29, 2009 By: ana Category: connections, events, painters & paintings, poet

Read this report in the Anglo-Celt

The Solas Art Gallery in Ballinamore, County Leitrim, has a group exhibition of paintings – on the theme of “Painted Poems”.

Recent regulars @Listowel Writers’ Week will remember PJ Kennedy – a Belturbet, County Cavan, poet.

Who’s the performer @ Listowel Writers’ Week 2009?

July 20, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: competition, creative writing, events, participants, poets

Quiz question number 8: who is the man beside James McGrath from Mayo who lives in Listowel?


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