Trio of powerful female artists hit Kerry in '18

Powerful female voices in literature and art are set to dominate the scene in Listowel this year as some massive names bear down on the 47th Writers' Week.

It's fitting given the festival would be nothing without the female talents directing it - Joanne Keane O'Flynn, Máire Logue, Elizabeth Dunn, Eilísh Wren and so many more have steered it to great success.

Where to start with this year's wealth of literary talent visiting? "We have three wonderful women coming who made such an impact on literature and art," chairperson Elizabeth Dunn said.

"Edna O'Brien, Margaret Drabble, Pauline Bewick, these are women who, while not quite in their mid-20s any longer, show us how, if you have the passion and talent to express yourself it has to come out and that you have to keep working in a great example for younger writers," Elizabeth added.

Edna O'Brien will receive the John B Keane Lifetime Achievement Award and will speak with Eimear McBride on Thursday May 31 at the Arms (at 7pm) .