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Is there any news about LWW2010?

October 27, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections, historical, organisers, preparations

Or is it all under wraps… in committee?

Does everyone know that LWW10 will be number 40?

It means that the planners must be wondering how they can mark the occasion fittingly. It’s not as if there hasn’t been enough time to prepare for it.

No one’s approach this blog to see if we’ll be live for the 2010 Festival. That doesn’t surprise me because no one from the committee approached the blog during 2009. No one official contact – imagine.

It was as if we the bloggers were the elephant in the room.

I bet there are loads of ideas out there concerning how the 40th anniversary should be celebrated. The challenge is how to let others contribute their goodwill?

These are the kind of issues that cause the passion of bloggers to be engaged. If LWW doesn’t get it’s act together and engage with bloggers, what will bloggers do?

Answer: they’ll chatter about myopia on Twitter. It’s the world we live in now – so different from the locals who set up Listowel Writers’ Week.

6 Comments to “Is there any news about LWW2010?”


  1. I’d like to see a re-union night of people who were there in the early years ,early workshops , etc., It would be lovely to see people who haven’t been there for years …there are a lot of people i have lost touch with but some that I am still in regular contact with . Perhaps some of them read these pages ,- if so please get in touch , – perhaps we could organise a get together ourselves (?). If the organising committee are interested in organising an event I will , of course , be glad to help in any way I can .

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  2. What a wonderful idea. You have my full support.

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  3. Absolutely no response Paul , ah well ….

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  4. I think the organising committee work very hard. They do it all themselves. They feel they don’t need the help of people whom they may well regard as outsiders.
    Welcome to the club.

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  5. I thoroughly agree with you Paul , – difficult as it is to see myself as an outsider after all these years !- i guess we always will be . Cool club though !

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  6. Imagine all those people who’ve come to Listowel Writers’ Week for so many years. All still feeling themselves outsiders?

    The tyranny of the natives perhaps. Perhaps the local committee and volunteers who do a wonderful job on scarce resources are missing a trick. They could so easily make insiders of outsiders.

    The help outsiders could give. The money, the time, the publicity, the doors that could be opened to a wider world…

    Pity there is so much waste of good will – especially with the 40th anniversary coming up. I’d say J B Keane and his early collaborators would have brought you into their fold.

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