Sunday 21 July 2019

Countdown is on for the Wexford Literary Festival

Festival Chairperson Carmel Harrington
Festival Chairperson Carmel Harrington

Pádraig Byrne

With Opera Festival fever currently gripping the county, preparations are well underway for Co Wexford's next major cultural event. The fifth annual Wexford Literary Festival is set to take over Enniscorthy from November 2.

Since it's inaugural event back in 2013, the Literary Festival has gone on to establish itself as a significant fixture in the literary calendar for the county. With this year's line-up, the organisers are hoping to grow the festival's following even further with a packed programme of guest speakers, literary prizes and awards including the Billy Roche Short Play Award, the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award, the Children's Book Trailer Award and the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award.

Among the list of esteemed speakers who will arrive in Enniscorthy for the event are Adele Parks, Liz Nugent, Paul Williams, Andrew Carmel, Jane Casey, Sinead Gleeson, June Caldwell, Hazel Gaynor, Catherine Ryan Howard, Carmel Harrington, Shane Dunphy, Dr. Sarah Cleary, Caroline Busher, Elizabeth Whyte, Carol Long, Denis Collins and John Kelly.

'Over the past five years, our festival has grown into a vibrant event that connects, inspires and informs writers and readers of all ages,' said Festival Chairperson and best-selling author Carmel Harrington. 'The team behind Wexford Literary Festival have worked hard to ensure that this year is once again friendly, fun and a celebration of books, with events for all ages.'

The festival gets underway with a dramatic reading of the four plays short-listed for the Billy Roche Short Play Award in The Presentation Centre on November 2. On the Saturday, as well as various talks with national and internationally known authors, there will be the opportunity to 'Meet the Professionals' which provides the opportunity to meet a literary agent or submit a manuscript. The all important awards ceremony takes place in the Athenaeum on Sunday and rounds off a jam packed week. For more details and a full programme of events, visit

Enniscorthy Guardian