Wexford Literary Festival

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Festival 2018 will take place Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, the heart of Ireland’s South-East. With a packed programme of special guests, workshops and literary prizes, including the annual Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award, Wexford Literary Festival has fast become one of the highlights of the literary calendar and we look forward to sharing with you all our plans for Festival 2018. OUR LINE-UP OF SPEAKERS & JUDGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT OUR MEDIA LAUNCH, DETAILS TO BE ADVISED SOON.

Wexford Literary Festival Awards 2018 will include


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 …

Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award Shortlist

The following poems have been shortlisted in the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award 2017: Brooch, by AM Cousins Alma Mater by Dolores Walshe Inside the wall by Aaron Corless Milking time by Clare O Reilly To Lady and to Tramp by Grainne Daly Allegheny Man by Joe Neal   Highly …

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award Shortlist

Wexford Literary Festival is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award. This year’s festival runs from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, with its short story award honouring one of the town’s most lauded literary figures. The winner, as …

Wexford Literary Festival One-Act Play Competition Shortlist

Wexford Literary Festival is delighted to announced that the shortlist for the Wexford Literary Festival One-Act Play Competition 2017 is as follows:


  • Isherholz Calls by Kay Philips

  • Pitchfork by Kelby Guilfoyle

  • One Solitary Line by Neil Walden

  • Chop by Nicola Cassidy

Poetry Award named in honour of Anthony Cronin

We are delighted to announce that the Wexford Literary Festival International Poetry Award has been renamed, to honor one of Wexford’s great literary talents. From immediate effect, the award is now called: ANTHONY CRONIN INTERNATIONAL POETRY AWARD   Anthony Cronin was a poet, novelist, biographer and critic. He was among …

Happy World Book Day

Today is World Book Day! A chance to celebrate books and the wonderful worlds they allow us to conquer. At WexLitFest HQ we thought today was the perfect day to run a giveaway to win two tickets to attend our Saturday 20th May workshops! So head over to our twitter …

Programme of Events

Details of our events for Festival 2018 coming soon … In the meantime, please take a look at our programme for 2017. FESTIVAL 2017 Friday 19 May Children’s Book Trailer Award Enniscorthy Library, 4pm Ceremony to showcase shortlisted entries and announce our award winners. Judges – Eileen Morrissey, Caroline Busher …

Meet the Speakers & Judges

DETAILS OF OUR FESTIVAL LINEUP FOR 2018 WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON …       Madeleine Keane is a writer, the Literary Editor of the Sunday Independent and an award-winning travel journalist. Sunday Independent & Irish Times Bestseller, Carmel Harrington is an award winning author from Co. Wexford, translated into eight …