Listowel Writers' Week Fringe

Blogging Listowel's Literary Scene

Google Alert finds Listowel Writers’ Week today

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

Bookpaths – bringing together literature & place seem to be quoting from a blurb when it says

“Since it’s inception in 1970, Listowel Writers’ Week has been recognised as the primary event in Ireland’s literary calendar.”

Surely that’s a bit OTT?

How mad is it to have the Dublin Writers’ Festival on at the same time as Listowel? That claims to be “Ireland’s premier literary event”. These sort of claims do no one a service I think. What do you think of that sort of advertising claim?

Just discovered that Dublin Writers’ Festival has a blog too. I left a comradely comment there. Why don’t you do the same- so that together the festivals support each other – spreading the news about how good Ireland is as a place for Festivals.

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 for further details and a full programme of events.

John Sheehan & Mickey MacConnell on You Tube 2009

January 24, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: video

John Sheehan accompanies Mickey MacConnell as he sings “Only our rivers run free ” …

“The Black Hills of Dakota” in J B Keane’s pub in Listowel

Google Alert brought this to my attention. Great footage of sessions form the 2009 Festival.

Congratulations and gratitude to MisApprehension to putting this up on YouTube.

Google Alert for Listowel Writers’ Week

October 27, 2009 By: ana Category: blogs, connections, journalism

Magic. It’s magic the way Google Alert brings stuff to your attention.

Whenever anyone, anywhere, publishes anything about Listowel Writers’ Week, I get it within hours. I don’t have to go looking for it. I can relax in the confidence that if Listowel is out there being talked about or written about, I’ll be in the loop.

This is how I came to discover a your Irish student journalist.

Robert Babington from Tralee: his blog is “The Write Stuff” - so he knows his Wolfe.

All he did was mention the woman who questioned Seamus Heaney @ LWW08. But Google Alert introduced us and I left his a comment on the blog.

I feel I’ve discovered a talent who could go far, who will go a long way. He’s even on Twitter.

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