Listowel Writers’ Week is Ireland’s leading and longest running internationally acclaimed literary festival, taking place in the historic and intimate surrounding of Listowel, Co. Kerry. Listowel Writers’ Week was founded in 1970 and is recognised as one of the primary events in Ireland’s literary calendar. The annual event is located in the birthplace of many of Ireland’s most prominent writers past and present including Dr. John B. Keane, Dr. Bryan MacMahon, Professor Brendan Kennelly, George Fitzmaurice, Maurice Walsh and Robert Leslie Boland. The festival was established to celebrate those writers and to provide an opportunity for writers in general to develop their talents and meet new audiences. The extensive range of 2 and 3 day Creative Writing Workshops were first introduced in 1971 by Dr. Bryan MacMahon. Since then they continue to be some of the most popular in the country. Prominent international authors have shared their skills in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, theatre, screen, travel, song, comic and crime writing over the years. The festival also runs a wide range of Creative Writing Competitions together with a series of literary awards, which have given valuable recognition to new writers over the past number of years. The Children’s National Literary Festival at Listowel Writers’ Week offers a wide variety of excellent, imaginative and interactive readings and workshops from international children’s authors, illustrators and performance artists.