An American invasion planned for Writer's Week

SUCH was the success of this year's Writer's week festival in Listowel, that over 100 literary buffs from the USA alone have already booked places for the 2010 event.

The festival will take place next year between from June 2 to 6, and already most of the planning is well underway.

Organisers have been inundated with accommodation requests from overseas in the months since this year's festival ended, with 100 bookings secured from America alone. With that in mind, the committee is now calling on anyone who might have accommodation available in Listowel and its surrounds for the festival to get in touch (on 068 21074).

"We are looking forward to another wonderful festival in 2010 and will continue to build on the success of 2009, which saw the likes of Gabriel Byrne, Colm Toibin, Rebecca Miller, George Kimball, Ivor Browne, Joseph O'Neill milling around the streets and banks of the River Feale," a spokesperson for the festival said.

Writers' Week will be announcing details of its wonderful array of literary workshops and literary competitions in January and will host workshops such as writing a novel, creative writing, poetry, song-writing, theatre, storytelling, screen and journalism.

There will be sixteen workshops to choose from and will be directed by Roddy Doyle, Terry Prone, Mick Hanley, Eilis Ni Duibhne, Paddy Breathnach to name but a few.

Writers' Week will be announcing details of its very popular literary competitions in the New Year.

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