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Patricia O’Reilly gets ready for Listowel

June 01, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010

Patricia O’Reilly is going to launch her new novel “A Type of Beauty, the story of Kathleen Newton (1854-1882)”.

It’s published by Cape Press.

Here’s what I found on Wikipedia about Kathleen Newton.

Do you know Patricia O’Reilly? Here’s her home page. You can follow her on Twitter @capepress – but she’s brand new to Twitter and may still be finding her feet there.

Don’t miss her valuable blogpost with sound advice to writers who hope to land a publishing contract.

Patricia’s entry on Irish Writers On-Line says…

Patricia O’Reilly’s novels are

  • Once Upon a Summer (Dublin, The Wolfhound Press, 2000)
  • Felicity’s Wedding (London, Oldcastle Books, 2001)
  • Time and Destiny (London, Hodder & Stoughton, 2003).

Her non-fiction publications are

  • Dying with Love (Dublin, Veritas 1992)
  • Writing for the Market (Cork, Mercier 1994)
  • Earning Your Living from Home (Dublin, Marino 1996)
  • Working Mothers (The Wolfhound Press 1997)
  • Writing for Success (Dublin, New Island Books, 2006).

She lives in Dublin.”

It would be great if Patricia O’Reilly dropped in here and wrote us a special piece – just to celebrate.


LWW Takes a Great Leap Forward for 2010

January 20, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, blogs, connections, events, historical, organisers, preparations, Reflections, starting up

Today Listowel Writers’ Week joined the new world. The Festival published its revamped website, which looks great.

But it had a good website last year.

The great leap forward is the simultaneous launch of its Facebook page and Twitter identity. This change is significant. It’s just in time for the 40th anniversary of LWW Literary Festival. I’ve immediately sent a request to be admitted as a Facebook Friend.

In my opinion, it would have been better if the Festival set up its Facebook presence differently – made it possible to become a “Facebook Fan” of Writers’ Week. But the big step it to get out where the public is.

The Festival is in Listowel for a few days every year, but there is a whole world of people who can’t make it to Listowel. There are so many who would be interested to know what’s going on. This Facebook presence give everyone a chance of linking up with the spirit of Listowel Writers’ Week. John B Keane and Bryan McMahon would have approved. They always wanted the Festival to break the boundaries of the parochial.

The Twitter move is dramatic.
Once you go on Twitter, you have to engage. People follow you, and you can’t afford to ignore them – it damages your reputation if you offer nothing to your followers. You have to tweet. People can see how serious you are about sharing, linking, engaging… Twitter is a medium which exposes a lot of your soul.
As soon as I got alerted to @writersweek on Twitter, I followed. I urge you all to do the same. Nothing will do more to raise the profile of LWW, all round the world, than a really good presence on Twitter.

It’s still not clear to me what this blog’s plan for LWW2010 is to be.
We are completely independent of the Festival Committee. We love the Festival. We’d love the Committee to love us, but we have no right to expect it. During 2009 Festival, the organising committee were civil to us. But if they liked anything we did, they didn’t let us know.

I have huge emotional attachment to Listowel Writers’ Week Festival.
It would be wonderful to continue to blog it again. I am completely convinced that all Festivals that are any good should be blogged. It’s all about making the hard work of organising the Festival visible to the audience of the future. All valuable Festivals deserve to be out there, reaching round the globe.

We’ve heard a lot about the Irish Diaspora, what about the Listowel Writers’ Week Diaspora?

This is surely a day for celebration. May the Fesitival of the Future be a credit to the joyful spirit of its founders…

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.

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.

2.5 days to go to Listowel Writers’ Week

May 25, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: participants, poetry, poets

Never did we need to be so focussed.

Certain things we can’t control: the weather. But will you all pray for sun…

The price of drink. But, if you’re a publican will you please accept poems in lieu of pints… stories for shots of spirit… songs for rounds…

Where is James McGrath?

He is believed to have set off from New Mexico, without a mobile phone or even a cellphone. I last found him wandering round Listowel during the 2007 Writers’ Week. If you see a man in a pair of moccassins who looks like he’s walking in the footsteps of ancient wisdom, that might be him.

Ask him about the internet, and he’ll look at you with a smile: he abstains.

I can’t wait to meet him again.

George Rowley too. He’s already in Listowel. Without a mobile either, and barely able to spell internet, George is probably practising in New Kingdom Bar.

We need a “sightings on Twitter” tweet eh?

Living in Listowel

May 20, 2009 By: jeremy Category: starting up

I’ve been coming to Listowel for nearly 12 years with my wife, whose family come from the local area. Last year we made the decision to locate here from the UK and I’ve now been living here for the last few months.

I wouldn’t exactly call myself a local yet (‘blow in’ is the phrase that tends to get used most often :) ) but I hope that I can provide some information that might be helpful to Writer’s Week visitors over the next few weeks.

Here’s my first couple:

  • Lynch’s Bakery and cafe, just off the square, is a great place for a drink and a bite to eat
  • On Friday mornings there is a small farmer’s market in the square. Worth a visit for the excellent fish, pies, sausages and veg to take home with you. There’s also an excellent crepe maker dishing out snacks.

By the way, if you are a Twitter user, we have set up a festival account and we hope to be using it to update you in near real time during the festival.


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