Festival Committee

Festival Committee

Chair – Carmel Harrington

Sunday Independent & Irish Times Bestseller, Carmel Harrington is an award winning author from Co. Wexford, translated into eight languages.Her latest novel The Things I Should Have Told You (HarperCollins) was shortlisted for a 2016 BGE Irish Book Award. She is a regular on TV3 as one of the panelists on the Elaine Show. For more information, visit www.carmelharrington.com

Vice Chair – Caroline Busher

Caroline Busher

 Caroline Busher is an Irish Times best-selling author with Poolbeg Press. She graduated with a First Class Honours MA in Creative Writing from UCD and is represented by Trace Literary Agency-USA. The Ghosts of Magnificent Children is her debut novel. Caroline is the Reader in Residence with Wexford Public Library Services and the Vice Chair of Wexford Literary Festival. Her forthcoming novel The Girl Who Ate The Stars will be released in October (2017), published by Poolbeg Press.

Secretary – Maria Nolan

Maria Nolan

Co-Founder of the Wexford Literary Festival Secretary Maria Nolan is a Wordsmith & Feature Writer with The People newspapers and Slaneynews. A Community Activist Maria writes a weekly page for the Enniscorthy Guardian and is involved with all things literary and cultural in the town of Enniscorthy. Her short stories and poetry have been published in several anthologies and Irelands Own.

Treasurer – Richie Cotter

Richie Cotter was born in Urlingford, Kilkenny, in 1952. He is married to Mary (poet and writer) and they have three children. Richie worked in primary education as a teacher and principal for 39 years and is proud founding member of Wexford Literary Festival.

Asst Treasurer – Adele O’Neill

Adele O’ Neill is a fiction writer who has just signed a three book deal with Aria (Head of Zeus). Her first novel, Brothers and Sisters will be published on the 1st of July 2017.

PRO – Alison Martin

Alison Martin

Alison Martin is a playwright, sub-editor, theatre producer and co-founder of the Word Play workshops at Wexford Arts Centre. Her most recent theatre work includes Me and My Shadow, which she produced at the National Opera House with Heather Hadrill following a devising process with RehabCare Wexford. Meanwhile, her play The Grey Army was performed at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, in December. Alison also recently worked for the Abbey Theatre as an outreach facilitator at Creagh College, Gorey, and is a member of the Wexford County Council Artist in the Community Scheme panel.

Jarlath Glynn

Jarlath Glynn, is the librarian in Enniscorthy Library. A keen historian, he is the author of Wexford: Then and Now.

Tina Callaghan

Tina Callaghan works in Wexford Library. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the British Fantasy Society and the Romantic Novelists Association. She has published several speculative fiction short stories. Her story Underfolk appeared in a Halloween anthology, October Dreams II, alongside such writers as Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury and Robert Bloch. She won the 2015 Wexworlds short story competition, judged by Eoin Colfer, with her story Country of the Young. Her first novel, a supernatural thriller, is out on submission and she is currently working on her second novel.

Imelda Carroll

Imelda Carroll

Imelda Carroll has been writing for many years. She was shortlisted for The William Trevor Short Story Competition in 2008. A member of Wordplay, New Line Theatre’s writers and actors group she won Scripts: The All Ireland Playwriting Festival in 2016 with her short play Tiger. She also  won the inaugural Write by the Sea, the Kilmore Quay writing festival with her short story The Vigil in 2016. This was broadcast on Seascapes on RTE Radio 1 last December.

Sheila Forsey

Sheila Forsey Festival Committee
Sheila Forsey is a writer from Wexford. Her debut novel Mending Lace is with The Trace Literary Agency, currently on submission. She completed the Creative Writing Certificate Course with Maynooth University in 2013. At present she is writing her second novel.

John Kelly

jOHN J kelly
John J Kelly award winning Poet {Oliver Goldsmith Award, Rathmines Writer of the Year 2013, Sunday Tribune New Writers,} John also conducts Schools Poetry Workshops.