Wexford author Peter Murphy will officially open the Kilmore Quay Literary Festival, Write By The Sea 2017, in the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, at 8 p.m. on Friday (September 29) in what promises to be an event not to be missed.
'We're delighted that such a respected local author as Peter Murphy has agreed to open our festival,' said festival chair Lucy Moore.
'Peter has published two wonderful novels through Faber and Faber, he regularly reviews books for The Irish Times and has also contributed to Hot Press. So his support for Write By The Sea is totally appropriate and also much appreciated.'
As part of the Write By The Sea programme, Murphy will interview the noted Irish author Donal Ryan and will also deliver a workshop entitled Foxhole Prayers-How Writing Saves Your Life.
An exciting array of writers will give workshops, talks and interviews across a wide variety of genres, from crime fiction to travel writing, poetry and music.
They include Cat Hogan, who recently published her second novel There Was A Crooked Man, the world-renowned travel writer Dervla Murphy, Wexford playwright Billy Roche, poets Joe Neal and Tom McCarthy, Agatha Christie expert John Curran, music writer Jackie Hayden and RTE presenter Marcus Connaughton. Write By The Sea 2017 will also host a festival club, which will combine music from The Ocelots.
Other fringe events include yoga, meditation walks along the sea shore, and a-room-to-write facility.
The festival committee members said they wanted to thank their sponsors and Wexford County Council, Medilink, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the Arts Council and Wexford Arts Centre for their support.
Details of the full programme are available on www.writebythesea.ie Tickets are available from Eventbrite for €28 for a day ticket or €45 for a weekend ticket.