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Listowel – 40 Years and still going strong

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As you’re reading this, I’ll be busying myself with some of the fabulous events over atListowel Writer’s Week as their official blogger. If you’ve not been keeping up with what’s going on, 2011 marks Listowel’s 40th year – making it the oldest literary festival in Ireland.

But, contrary to what you’d probably expect, there are no airs and graces here. The atmosphere is great craic and there’s laughter and merriment in big supply – I mean, just look at the line up and the big top! Once again, Listowel has reinvented itself to maintain an inclusive atmosphere – bringing together the best in art, photography and music, as well as literature, to keep the hungry crowds happy.

There’s been a lot of activity in the run up to the festival and I’ve been lucky enough to interview many fabulous writers including John Boyne, Catherine Dunne, Judi Curtin, Sir Michael Holroyd and Kevin Barry, to name but a few. You can read all their interviews and keep up to date with the events during the festival over on the official Listowel Writers Week blog.

You can also keep up to date by following my Twitter feeds (@ERMurray) or the #writersweek hashtag. And if any of you are about, feel free to drop me a line via the blog or Twitter so we can meet for a coffee. See you there!

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