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The Plan for Blogging #LWW10

May 14, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, historical, starting up, video, workshop

This is the news. We are going to blog this Festival – the Listowel Writers’ Week Festival 2010.

From now on there will be fresh content here almost every day. During the Festival, there will be a blogfest – a stream of posts. We intend to do our best to bring you some of the flavour of Writers’ Week – no matter where you are.

This is the 40th year of the Festival. The founders would expect us to share the goodies with the whole world – not simply keep the excitement in Listowel.

Of course, there’s no way to capture the atmosphere of Listowel during Writers’ Week and export it. You need to be in the bars, on the streets, at the workshops soaking it all up. But not everyone can do this. There are people all over the world who can’t travel to Co Kerry Ireland at the start of June. Some can’t afford it. Others are not well enough to make the journey. Others have other commitments. There’s no end to the reasons why most people won’t be in Listowel.

However Listowel can reach out wherever the internet goes. We can write reports and analysis of the proceedings. We can bring you news and gossip. We can put up podcasts – audio recordings (and the technology has made this much easier this year). Even video is coming …

Help us. Please give us a hand. Lend us your time & talent.
We’re about to publish the names of people who’ve volunteered to be in the team that’ll produce this publication. An email, postcard, Tweet, Facebook message – even a phone call will do.

Wouldn’t it be great if each of the literary workshops got someone to report on how it went – the feast of content we’d have for posterity.
How good would it be if we could get each of the tutors to offer us a short piece – in their own individual style?
Posterity matters – the legacy of Listowel Writers’ Week deserves to be honoured. We’ll do our best for you.

3 Comments to “The Plan for Blogging #LWW10”

  1. Anna O'Leary says:

    Readers and writers are two sides of the same gold coin
    You write and I read and in that moment I find
    A union more perfect than any club I could join
    The simple intimacy of being one mind.’
    —— NOVEMBER by Garrison Keillor.

  2. Anna O'Leary says:

    Beautiful Listowel, serenaded night and day by the gentle waters of the River Feale.
    Listowel where it is easier to write than not to write,
    Where first love never dies, and the tall streets hide the loveliness, the heartbreak and the moods, great and small, of all the gentle souls of a great and good community.
    Sweet, incomparable hometown that shaped and made me.

    John B. Keane
    Nestled in the northern half of the County of Kerry is located the traditional lively market town of Listowel, situated on the banks of the River Feale. Listowel has a long history dating back to 1303 where it first appears in the Plea Roll. Fortress to the Fitzmaurice family the town developed around Listowel Castle and its magnificent market Square, one of its many distinguishing features.

    Described as the ‘Literary Capital of Ireland’, Listowel has produced an abundance of world famous writers including John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, giving it a uniqueness not to be found in any other part of Ireland. Listowel is home to Writers’ Week, the annual Literary Festival held in June, the famous Listowel Horse-Racing Festival held in September and Listowel Food Fair held in November.

    One of only 26 designated Heritage Towns in Ireland, Listowel displays a myriad of wonderful architectural features, including the magnificent five arch bridge traversing the River Feale at the entrance to the Town, which dates back to 1829. According to local tradition, the bridge replaced a smaller wooden structure, which had been destroyed in floods. The bridge is usually referred to locally at the ‘Big Bridge’ and is considered one of the finest examples of bridge building in County Kerry.

    Travelling through Listowel the distinctive craftwork on many shopfronts is clearly visible, from ‘The Maid of Erin’ in The Square to ‘The Harp & Lion’ in Church Street. These were the work of master craftsman Pat McAuliffe (1846-1921) who left an indelible mark on his native Listowel through his unique plasterwork designs.

    Listowel is a hub of art and culture with St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre hosting a broad programme of theatrical events throughout the year. The three drama groups based in the Town also present pub theatre in the many hostelries throughout Listowel during the summer period.

    The Garden of Europe, Listowel’s – hidden treasure, is located in the Town Park and contains more than 2,500 trees and shrubs from all European countries. It also contains Ireland’s only public monument to the memory of the millions who died in the Holocaust

    Listowel Town Council
    Aras an Phiarsaigh, Listowel, Co. Kerry
    Tel: +353 068 21004 Fax: +353 068 22453
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  3. Lovely quote – well found and shared. If you have any more like that…
    Thanks Anna.

    Looking forward to meeting you again in Listowel. Any chance you’d become an author on this blog?


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