Festival Committee 2018

Chair – Carmel Harrington

Carmel Harrington is a Sunday Times Bestseller, her six novels are published internationally and are translated into eight languages to date. Latest novels include the official ITV UK bestseller Cold Feet The Lost Years & The Woman at 72 Derry Lane, which remained in the Irish top 10 for twelve weeks. Her much anticipated seventh novel, A Thousand Roads Home goes on sale 18th October 2018. A multi-award-winning author, she has been shortlisted two years running for a BGE Irish Book Award, in 2016 and 2017. She is also a regular on Irish TV on TV3’s Elaine Show and previously, Midday. 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. Her latest novel The Girl Who Ate The Stars was published by Poolbeg Press in March 2018. Caroline is the Reader in Residence with Wexford Public Library Services and the Vice Chair of Wexford Literary Festival.

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.

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.

PRO – 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.

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.

Shane Dunphy

Shane Dunphy (also writing as S.A. Dunphy) is the million-selling author of eleven books. He is an Irish and London Times bestseller, and the movie adaptation of his memoir, The Boy They Tried to Hide, is in development with Hollywood production company Rumble Films. His series of non-fiction titles, relating the years he spent as a child protection worker, have been internationally successful and sold in translation across several territories. These include the Number 1 bestseller Wednesday’s Child, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Smile, which spent five weeks on the London Times Top 10 list.

Shane’s series of crime novels (written under the name S.A. Dunphy), and featuring the emotionally damaged criminologist David Dunnigan, debuted in 2017 with After She Vanished, garnering much acclaim. Shane is an accomplished musician (he is a multi-instrumentalist) and has composed soundtracks for television and radio. He is an award-winning documentary maker. He has done script-editing for film and has written audio adventures for Doctor Who. He writes regularly for Independent newspapers.

Treasurer – Anne Gilpin


Anne and Maria Nolan founded Words in Wexford as part of the Strawberry Fair in 2012, to promote our fabulous Wexford authors. From this event, grew Focal from which Wexford Literary Festival exploded and the inspiration for the re-formation of the wonderful Enniscorthy Drama group. A published author in academic journals, Anne, as a former teacher, lecturer and consultant is passionate about people of all ages meeting their potential. Keep writing, writing, writing ….

Carol Long