Programme of Events

Details of our events for Festival 2018 coming soon …

In the meantime, please take a look at our programme for 2017.


Friday 19 May

Children’s Book Trailer Award

Enniscorthy Library, 4pm

Ceremony to showcase shortlisted entries and announce our award winners.

Judges – Eileen Morrissey, Caroline Busher

Free Event


Friday 19 May

Wexford Literary Festival One Act Play Award, Presentation Arts Centre, 8pm

Shortlisted plays will be performed by Enniscorthy Drama Group and the winning

play announced.

Judges – Tom Mooney, Alison Martin, Elizabeth Whyte

Free Event


Saturday 20 May


Church Institute, 830am – 415pm

Crime Panel Discussion, Ghostwriting Masterclass, Non-Fiction Writing Panel Discussion, Author talks and Book Fair.

Our on-site book retailer is Byrnes Bookstores.

Authors will be available to sign copies of their books after each talk.

Tickets From €25.00

Book Club &  writing group rates available upon request.

830am – 9am


9am – 915am

Opening address

915am – 1030am

Non-Fiction Panel Discussion

Andrea Hayes, Shane Dunphy & Louise Hall will discuss the many facets of writing non-fiction. They will share their own stories on how they approached research for their work and the ideas behind their latest books. Moderated by Sheila Forsey.

1030am -1145am

Crime Writers Panel Discussion

Alex Barclay and Michael O’Higgins will discuss the ideas behind their latest books and their writing life with curator Adele O’Neill.

1145am – 1pm

Publisher Q&A

Join Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff of Tramp Press with moderator Caroline Busher as they discuss the world of publishing. What makes a submission stand out? What are the current trends in the market place? These and many more invaluable insights will be explored in this unmissable session.

1pm – 2pm


2pm – 315pm

Ghostwriting Masterclass with Sue Leonard

Have you ever wondered how ghost-writing works? Do you have a story to tell, but feel that you need some help to write it? Are you a writer who would like to collaborate with someone, and write their story for them? Join Sue Leonard as she discusses the highs

and lows of the craft. She will talk about truth; about the need for good skills both at narrative and dialogue.

315 – 415

The business of artists with Gaby Smyth

This session will give you practical tools for better financial management including an understanding of cash flow, keeping accounts and how best to integrate budgeting into work as an artist. This talk has been designed
to specifically to be relevant to the current financial realities faced by artists and designer makers.

Saturday 20 May

Enniscorthy Library 10am – 12pm


Story time with author of The Ghosts of Magnificent Children, Caroline Busher

Suitable for all ages

Author Shane Hegarty of the bestselling Darkmouth series will give a fun and interactive presentation

Suitable for ages 8+

Free Event


Saturday 20 May

An evening with Sinead Moriarty in conversation

with Carmel Harrington

Enniscorthy Castle, 8pm

Whilst sipping Tea Cup Gin Cocktails, join Sinead and Carmel in an entertaining, fun and insightful talk. They will discuss writing, family, love and life.

Tickets €10.00

Sunday 21 May

Brooklyn Bus Tour 10.30am – 1pm

Book tickets directly with Heritage Tours Wexford

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award

& Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award

The Athenaeum, 3pm

A ceremony to award winners, with guest speaker Bibi Baskin.

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award

Judges – Madeleine Keane, Donal Ryan, Carmel Harrington

Prize fund, 1st 1000, 2nd 500, 3rd 300

Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award

Judges – John Kelly, Margaret Galvin

Prize fund, 1st 300, 2nd 200, 3rd 100

Free Event