Listowel Writers’ Week

Members of our class will be in Listowel for Writers’ Week 2012. Our book will be on sale and on Friday the 1st of June at 2:30pm they will be reading from their pieces in the anthology.

This is will take place in St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, which has plenty of space for anyone who would like to listen in. There is a lovely mention about us in the Listowel Writers’ Week Brochure. It costs €10 to attend with an €8 concession.

  • Liz McManus will be reading Excerpts from her novel The Disappeared.
  • Hsiang-En 劉 will be reading her poetry.
  • Malu Bremer will be reading from her short story “After the Tone.”
  • Brent Dougherty Mueller will be reading excerpts from his novel The Children of the End.
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Reading at Listowel Writers’ Week

This post is by Liz McManus, Excerpts from her novel The Disappeared appear in our anthology.

In 1989 I won the Short Story Award at Listowel Writers’ Week. A proud moment but, to my lasting regret, I couldn’t travel down to Kerry for the award ceremony because a General Election had been called. A friend received the award on my behalf and trundled back to Bray with an inscribed cut-glass decanter with my name on it. I put it on the mantelpiece but it wasn’t the same. I knew I’d missed something special. Life as a politician demands total commitment The writer and political activist, Grace Paley once said, when she was asked why she never wrote a novel “ Because life is the short and art is too long.” That rang a bell with me.

But second chances do come along. This June, other writers and I will be travelling to Listowel, not to receive awards, but to give readings from  A Thoroughly Good Blue. We will be a representative group from the Master’s in Creative Writing Class of 2012 in TCD. We come from the United States, China, Belgium and Bray. We are poets and fiction writers; young writers and not so young.

We will be going to a unique place of literature in Ireland, since Listowel has been the birthplace of an extraordinary number of writers.

For me, it will be a special journey. In my mind I’ll be going to pick up that award and I’ll only be twenty-three years late.