This year writers, poets, songwriters, playwrights and members of the public of all ages will gather at Listowel to celebrate and participate in the 42nd annual Listowel Writers’ Week. Young talent is celebrated in a many ways throughout this famous literary festival. A week dedicated to literature and love of the written word, it is indeed a very famous event attracting highly acclaimed writers who give workshops, advice and their valuable time to the members of the public.
‘A man who will misuse an apostrophe is capable of anything.’… so said Con Houlihan, whether in jest or otherwise, we can`t claim to know. Either way, entrants to the inaugural Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award were careful to mind their grammar. The renowned Castleisland journalist, wrote with an unrivalled wit and a warmth celebrated by the Irish people. So it seemed fitting that Listowel Writers’ Week chose to honour his memory by encouraging young writers to capture sporting moments or personalities in words.
In conjunction with Kerry County Council, a number of competitions for all ages are offered to encourage and reward those with a literary turn of mind. In a happy coincidence this year, the joint writers of this article both won accolades within our categories and in another serendipitous twist of fate, we happen to be sisters. ‘Sun’ (Amy; TY) won the under 16 Creative Writing Competition. The story is centred around an elderly woman who throughout the course of this story reflects on her life, with each milestone in her life being represented by a season. While ‘Mná na hEireann’ (Emily; 2yr) was the winning entry in the Con Houlihan Young Sports Journalist Award. It is a huge honour and we will both be attending the festival’s opening ceremony to receive our prizes on May 29th. We are both very excited not only to attend this festival, but also to be given the opportunity to read aloud our winning entries at the event. We would like to thank our teachers, Ms. Costello and Mrs. Kirby for their encouragement.
Amy and Emily Cahill