Listowel Writers' Week Fringe

Blogging Listowel's Literary Scene

Author & Brenda Woulfe in Woulfe’s Bookshop

June 10, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: competition, creative writing, organisers, photographs

Before leaving Listowel Writers’ Week, I had to visit Woulfe’s Bookshop. It’s where I bought my first Moleskine notebook.

I found these two together, an author doing business with a proprietor:

The question is : who is he?

The first person to send in the correct answer in a comment wins a signed copy of the book… The author and the bookseller are not eligible to enter.

We have “Tag Clouds” coming to this blog

June 08, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections, preparations, starting up

Like me, most of you won’t know what this means.

Would someone who understands the term “tag cloud”, please explain to us all what having “tag clouds” will mean?

What value to are “tag clouds”?

Hyperlinks… Hyperwords…

June 07, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections

I spend quite a lot of time adding hyperlinks to posts.

Hopefully, this practice enriches the piece.

Does adding hyperlinks transform the piece?

Several times I’ve added a note to a post to say that hyperlinks were added by me, rather than the author. Adding hyperlinks isn’t a routine matter; it involves selecting a hyperlink from among many possibilities. You could argue it interferes with the author’s intention.

On balance I favour the view that it adds more value than it destroys. So I’m going to stop putting in notes to say I’ve done it.


Without “Hyperwords” I’d be lost: it would be too clumsy to contemplate adding hyperlinks. Hyperwords is one of the best inventions I know for the internet writer.

Unfortunately, I think it’s only available to you if you use Firefox.

Twitter on Listowel Writers’ Week

June 07, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections

Or should it be Listowel Writers’ Week on Twitter?

Jeremy Gould set this up…

There are many applications around Twitter that would blow your mind…

There is more to Twitter than the fast circulation of questions coming up on Leaving Cert English exam questions.

Audacity is the key, but Paul’s my name…

June 04, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: audio podcast, connections, starting up

Oh, I’ve been told what to do:

  • load “Audacity” and you’ll be able to sort out your audio recordings.
  • you’ll be able to edit the audio files, tidy them up, tart them up, put them up…

I’m one of the dimmest learners you’ve ever met:

I struggle with everything. The first day I tried to take in cash from bus drivers in London, I made so many accounting errors, it took the bank to sort my mess out.

The first night I operated the security system in Holloway bus garage, I locked all my colleague’s coats in the time-locked night safe.

The first time I tried to make love, I cocked it up.

So, of course, I can’t figure this out.

Loads of audio recording, made live during session at Writers’ Week 2009, lie dormant.

I rang Patrick Stack and he said I should download “lamelib” for Windows. I think I’ve done that, but I can’t find where it’s gone…

If you ever have difficulty doing something on your computer, and you catch yourself berating yourself, think of me. That should cheer you up.

Finding Eoin Purcell’s blog post

June 01, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections, participants

Life in Listowel was so frenetic I missed this until now…

You can see why I post the whole of it:

Eoin Purcell writes…

Links & Whatnot
About two years ago I had a wonderful strategy session with a group of arts professionals. It was led by the engaging and intelligent Paul O’Mahony who is from the O’Mahony bookselling clan. I recall that day because Paul was forceful in saying that “survival is not guaranteed” for a publisher like Mercier, a thought that had been floating in my mind but had not taken the form of a concrete reality.

Anyway. The point in telling you this is that Paul has been engaged this week in an exciting blogging project: The Listowel Writer’s Week Fringe. I love the idea of a fringe blog for Listowel Writers Week Festival which I think is a fantastic festival but one I think prone to circles and groups (I don’t think it is alone in this. Given the nature of Irish society, most festivals here go that way), the kind that can damage a festival.

Paul and his collaborators are blogging and updating on the week’s events. You should go read some of their thoughts!


Of course, it’s blatant self publicity of me to post it here…

Thank you very much Eoin. Your blog is a very important & rich contribution to the Irish blogosphere, without doubt.

Publicising the blog & Writers’ Week

May 22, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections, workshop

I went to an BNI meeting in Cork this morning, a 0645 start in the Ambassador Hotel. About 45 people there.

I was subbing for Dominick Cullinane Landscaping – a fabulous garden designer & builder (whom I’m hoping will help me).

I met Paul Hayes there. He’s from SPA Lighting & Living, a company with headquarters in Farranfore, Co Kerry. As soon as I heard “Kerry” I latched on to him because I felt sure Kerry people network like mad.

Here was an opportunity to spread the message that we’re here.

It turned out he knew someone going to a Workshop @ Listowel. So I wrote out the blog name on the back of my business card (0mani & co). He said he’d pass it on.

Givers Gain” is the BNI motto. He’s going to give me something. I’m giving him publicity for SPA Lighting & Living in return.

You scratch my back and I’ll…

That’s the sort of language I imagine Kerry people use.

A Rece in Listowel tomorrow

May 17, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: organisers, preparations, starting up

I’m driving over to Listowel on Monday.

The main reason is to meet up with a collaborator. But there are lots of other reasons to make the journey from Cork…

  • I’d like to check out the broadband coverage in Listowel
  • Sit in the bar of the Listowel Arms hotel
  • Visit Woulfe’s bookshop
  • Photograph all the Writers’ Week festival venues
  • Record a video interview and post it on the blog
  • Meet some of the organisers of the festival

If there’s anything you’d like me to do, let me know via a comment. I hope to pick it up when I land.

Exactly 2 Weeks to go to the start of LWW

May 13, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: organisers, participants, starting up

14 days… Time for 140 posts… 1400 comments…

I’m joking, but not entirely unserious.

We’ve had a real boost yesterday:

we have a new collaborator. He lives in Listowel, Kerry. He’s recently emigrated from London, England. So he offers a viewpoint we certainly don’t have already.

I don’t want to embarrass him by saying more. He knows his name and he can speak for himself. But I promise you this blog is much richer today.

Who founded Listowel Writers’ Week?

May 11, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: historical, organisers, participants, poet

The history of Writers’ Week…

Bryan MacMahon, reputed to be the first person to link writers’ workshops with a literary festival.

I wonder if this is true?

Who else was involved?

As you can see there’s not much I know about the history. I’m starting this post in order to give us a place where we can collaboratively build up the story.

Know anyone who know something relevant to the story of how the fesival was germinated, conceived, born and developed ?

Most of all wouldn’t it be grand to hear from someone who was involved in the first Writers’ Week… to hear from the horse’s mouth…

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