Chair – Carmel Harrington
Vice Chair – Caroline Busher
Secretary – 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.
PRO – Sheila Forsey
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 (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 ….