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Festival 2018 will take place from Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, the heart of Ireland’s South-East. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!  With a packed programme of special guests, workshops and literary prizes, including four writing awards, Wexford Literary Festival has fast become one of the highlights of the literary calendar.

Speakers and Judges include:

Adele Parks, Liz Nugent, Paul Williams, Andrew Cartmel, Jane Casey, Sinead Gleeson, June Caldwell, Hazel Gaynor, Catherine Ryan Howard, Paul Perry, Carmel Harrington, Shane Dunphy, Dr. Sarah Cleary, Caroline Busher, Elizabeth Whyte, Carol Long, Denis Collins, John Kelly.

Our Writing Awards:


Media Launch Wexford Literary Festival 2018

This evening in Enniscorthy Castle our festival 2018 will be launched by renowned playwright and novelist, Billy Roche.   All are welcome to join us for a glass of wine, to celebrate with us as we share details of our incredible line up of speakers and writing awards.  

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. ANTHONY CRONIN INTERNATIONAL POETRY AWARD   Anthony Cronin was a poet, novelist, biographer and critic. He was among the foremost cultural commentators in Ireland in the …

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 …