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Festival 2018 will take place from Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, the heart of Ireland’s South-East. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!  With a packed programme of special guests, workshops and literary prizes, including four writing awards, Wexford Literary Festival has fast become one of the highlights of the literary calendar.

Speakers and Judges include:

Adele Parks, Liz Nugent, Paul Williams, Andrew Cartmel, Jane Casey, Sinead Gleeson, June Caldwell, Hazel Gaynor, Catherine Ryan Howard, Paul Perry, Carmel Harrington, Shane Dunphy, Dr. Sarah Cleary, Caroline Busher, Elizabeth Whyte, Carol Long, Denis Collins, John Kelly.

Our Writing Awards:


Short List Announcements!

Congratulations to all writers who have been shortlisted in our annual #WexLitFest18 awards. The standard of entries received once again astounded us, from all over the world. Now the fun begins as the judging panels decide on the winning pieces. Wishing the best of luck to everyone. Wexford Literary Festival …

Meet the Professionals

Meet The Professionals Readers and Writers Day November 3, 2018 Riverside Park Hotel We are delighted to announce the return of Wexford Literary Festival’s Meet the Professionals! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for writers to meet a literary agent or publisher and pitch their manuscript! In 2013, this event resulted in a …

Last Chance Saloon

  Good morning Just a quick note to remind you that two closing dates are looming … Have you submitted your entries to our Writing Awards yet? And Early Bird tickets to our Readers and Writers Day are almost going, going, gone …   Everyone at #WexLitFest HQ are excited …

Two weeks left until submissions close!

  Writers! Submissions close for the Wexford Literary Festival Writing Awards 2018, on 1 September. Have you got a short play, short story or poem that might be suitable? Take a look at our submission guidelines in below links. We cannot wait to be surprised, entertained, shocked, enthralled, compelled … …

Wexford Literary Festival 2018 Media Launch

Wexford Literary Festival 2018 was launched last night in Enniscorthy Castle, by renowned playwright, novelist and songwriter, Billy Roche. Speakers were Carmel Harrington Chair Wexford Literary Festival, Keith Doyle, Chair of Enniscorthy Municipal District and Denis Collins, Poet. It was a special evening for all at #WexLitFest HQ, because there …

Media Launch Wexford Literary Festival 2018

This evening in Enniscorthy Castle our festival 2018 will be launched by renowned playwright and novelist, Billy Roche.   All are welcome to join us for a glass of wine, to celebrate with us as we share details of our incredible line up of speakers and writing awards.  

Wexford Literary Festival 2017 winners

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award Shortlist: Angel of Chartres by Lorcan Byrne; Time Heals by Pamela Hobbs; Bitter Truth by Tricia Hagan; The Handshake Men by Robert Barrett; A Simple Loss of Balance by Anne O’ Leary; The Sniper by Michelle Coyne, and To Memorise a Skylark by Niamh …