A US native couple loved Writers' Week in Listowel so much on their first visit that they came back and decided to sponsor a new competition! Mike and Sue Nilsson were so impressed by the literary festival when they attended in 2005 that they have now come on board as sponsors of an inaugural heritage competition.
It's one of a number of competitions that make Writers' Week one of the country's most important patrons of the written arts. Libraries around the country will be nominating their favourite heritage books and the announcement of the winner will be made on the opening night of the festival on May 29 next.
Mike and Sue are no strangers to Kerry, however, living half the year in Ballyheigue and half the year in LA. A native of Chicago, Mike is the grandson of a former creamery manager of Ballyheigue. His grandmother, meanwhile, hailed from Ballinorig, Causeway.
Writers' Week is delighted with the addition of the heritage competition. "The competition adds a new dimension and genre of writing to the already extensive array of competitions in place," Writers' Week chairman Sean Lyons said.