Listowel Writers' Week Fringe

Blogging Listowel's Literary Scene

Fringe Reading: Paul O’Mahony reads extract from “Epic Poem in 33 Cantos”

June 21, 2010 By: Patrick Stack Category: 2010, fringe, poem, poet, poetry, video

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Fringe Reading: Paul O’Mahony introduces his Epic Poem

June 21, 2010 By: Patrick Stack Category: 2010, fringe, poem, poet, poetry, video

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‘Open mic’: Paul O’Mahony

June 05, 2010 By: Patrick Stack Category: 2010, events, poem, poet, video

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Audio Recordings from Listowel Kerry 2010

June 05, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, audio podcast

Paul O’Mahony (omaniblog) has recorded six short pieces of audio. They offer a flavour of Listowel Writers’ Week 2010

They are each AudioBoos (max 5 mins):

Day 3 begins

June 05, 2010 By: Patrick Stack Category: 2010, events, memoir, novels, poems, poet, poetry

It’s the morning of day three. In good form after the few pints and lots of poetry in the Kingdom Bar last night.
Two exciting launches to look forward to today, the first one by my uncle, Bernard Stack, of his novel His Mother Was A Stranger at 12.00pm in the Plaza; the second by my good friend and blog collaborator, poet Paul O’Mahony, of his Epic Poem in 33 Cantos at the fringe poetry event in Lynch’s Bakery and Café at 5pm.

A Rumour about

September 24, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, organisers, Reflections

I’ve heard a rumour that Writers’ Week has appointed a person to produce an official blog of the 2010 Festival, the 40th one …

Anyone heard any more?

Since 2009 Writers’ Week, we the bloggers have unfortunately had no contact with the Organising Committee of Writers’ Week.

This has saddened me. But it may be the sort of world we live in, sometimes…

In Kerry South over the weekend…

September 22, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections

For the first time in ages, I was back in County Kerry. It was the weekend of the gathering of the Diaspora in Dublin: people came back to Ireland to contribute conversations on how to recover the country… The Global Economic Forum… I wrote a comment to a journalist who was there. He replied…


a Corkman [I'm not really a "Corkman"] in Kerry for the weekend? That must have been tough! Thanks for leaving the comments. Can I assume that the reason you were off Internet is that you forgot to bring your devices with you rather than the lack of reliable broadband in the Kingdom? We’re striving to be a digital economy, so I assume it is not the latter.

Brendan [Hughes],

Indeed you’re right. I left all my internet devices behind, so I didn’t test broadband. When I live blogged Listowel Writers’ Week in May, broadband reception was OK, but that’s an urban centre. This weekend I was out on the cliff.

Who says “we’re striving to be a digital economy”? I don’t see any striving going on. Eircom is too busy being bought & sold. The government has only one thing on its mind: damage limitation…

In Alicante, in March, I met a man who had a business providing broadband connectivity to remote places in Norway – a country far more difficult to serve than this, I’d say… Perhaps we could link better with what they’re doing over there?

I thought it would be good to put some new content up here…

Joseph O’Connor on the Arts & Listowel Writers’ Week

August 17, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections, journalism

A fine article by Joseph O’Connor in the Irish Independent recently…


“We are not a people who will ever feel that our purpose is to grub like dung-beetles, in order to stave off the IMF. This year, at the Writers’ Week festival in Listowel, a thousand local people attended the opening night. That’s an awful lot of people for a small Irish town. I wonder could any TD in the nation draw the same?

We need the arts now. We never needed them more. To damage them would be to damage ourselves, and all we hold dear, and all we have inherited from the greats…”

Bloggers have been on summer holiday in Limerick, staying in UCH

August 16, 2009 By: ana Category: audio podcast, blogs, connections, preparations

We’ve been resting & recovering in Limerick with some Summer Music on the Shannon.

It’s been just like the Riviera. Crowded, hot, exciting and exhausting…

We’ll need a holday to recover from living with people from so many countries. Limerick has become a cosmopolitan place. Visitors from Canada, USA, Japan, Norway, UK, Spain, Italy, Kildare, Germany… and so on.

Like any hothouse there has to be a common language. It’s been music.

If you want to find out more about how hot Limerick’s been, try this link – when you have time on your hands.

We look forward to resuming normal service here soon – when we’ve recovered. Rest assured, we’ve been telling them in Limerick all about Kerry.

[One thing for sure, we hope Listowel Writers’ Week 2010 – the 40th festival – will be live streamed – broadcast live on the internet. After what they did in University Concert Hall, it should be possible…?]

Work in progress to maintain the blog…

August 05, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections

I’ve just deleted 200 comments – all spam.

I wish there was a way to highlight all the spam, so that I could simply press a button and vanish them all.

Perhaps saying anything about spam is unwise: might it draw spam here?

Patrick Stack is so stretched with other work that it may be a while before he fixes this issue.

Meanwhile, if anyone has any bright ideas on how I could deal with spam quickly, I’m listening…

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