Festival Committee 2018

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
Our PRO Sheila Forsey is an Irish Times bestseller from Wexford. Her debut novel Mending Lace was an Irish Times bestseller, and she has just signed a three-book deal with Poolbeg Press. She is represented by The Trace Literary Agency.  She completed the Creative Writing Certificate Course with Maynooth University in 2013.

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


Our Treasurer Anne is a co-founder of the Wexford Literary Festival. 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