Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry.  The festival was founded in 1970 and is recognised as one of the primary event in Ireland’s literary calendar. The event takes place over 5 days leading up to and including the June bank holiday weekend. Listowel took up the sponsorship of the poetry category in 2016.