Graham Norton tops the bill at Listowel festival

TV host Graham Norton will return to Irish shores this summer to top the bill at a festival to celebrate literature.

Norton’s appearance at the Listowel Writers’ Week festival will coincide with the publication of his memoir in paperback.

The Life and Loves of a He-Devil focuses on the Bandon native’s life and times to date — from his childhood in West Cork to his role as Fr Noel Furlong in Father Ted, his stand-up comedy career, and breakthrough into TV chat shows.

Actor Alan Cummings, star of The Good Wife, will also take part in the annual event, discussing his recent memoir, Not My Father’s Son, while newly appointed laureate for Irish fiction Anne Enright will open the event.

Other notable names include award-winning novelist Colm Tóibín and American author Dennis Lehane.

Winners of both the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015 and the Pigott Poetry Prize 2015 will be announced, as well as the John B Keane Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Mercier Press.

The enormously popular new writers’ salon will return for its third year and will once again showcase a new tranche of Ireland’s best and most exciting emerging writers of tomorrow, while new this year is a special event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Prize-winning poet WB Yeats.

Two- and three-day writing workshops will also take place on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31 from 9am to 12.30pm at a cost of €140. There will be short fiction with Patricia O’Reilly, screenwriting with Shane Connaughton, and songwriting with Declan O’Rourke.

  • Listowel Writers’ Week runs from May 27 to 31. Early bird tickets will be available at the end of March. For more, see writersweek.ie or call 068 21074.

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