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Well-known authors confirmed for Write by the Sea festival

'Drawn to the Sea' is the theme of the fourth Write by the Sea Literary Festival taking place in Kilmore Quay in September.

This year's contributors will include major Irish literary figures such as Mike McCormack, Theo Dorgan, Sinead Gleeson, Dermot Bolger, Sara Baume and Catherine Dunne.

Eilish Ni Dhuibhne and Ruth Fitzmaurice will be interviewed about books they have published on the deaths of loved ones and award-winning young local poet Sinead O' Reilly will recite her work on stage with one of her heroes, Paula Meehan.

Kit de Waal, who was one of the key contributors last year, is back again in the village where she set part of her most recent novel A Trick To Time.

Other key contributors are yet to be confirmed, including many Wexford-based authors who will present workshops on different aspects of writing and getting published.

'We are also hoping to confirm an art exhibition by a nationally-known local artist whose work fits perfectly into this year's 'Drawn To The Sea' theme', said organising committee chairperson Lucy Moore.

There were advance bookings even before any details were announced. The Write By The Sea committee are grateful to the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and other sponsors for their support. Booking and programme details are on www.writebythesea.ie.

Past contributors to the festival include John Banville, Jennifer Johnston and Dervla Murphy.

Wexford People