Wexford Literary Arts Festival 2022

1-3 July 2022

"Inspire - Inform - Inclusive - Passionate"

The Festival

The festival aims to attract national and international writers and readers and lovers of literature to gather and enjoy its eclectic programme of readings, workshops and awards events as well as unique fringe events including exhibitions, music
and drama performances set around the picturesque historic town of Enniscorthy. Enniscorthy is home to Colm Tóibín, one of Ireland’s most renowned writers. County Wexford’s rich history of other world-renowned writers include John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Anthony Cronin and Billy Roche and recently Carmel Harrington, Shane Dunphy, and Paul O’Brien.  Other recent acclaimed writers in Wexford include Caroline Busher, John J. Kelly, Paul O’Reilly, Sheila Forsey, the late Denis Collins and Cat Hogan, of whom many have been Committee members of the Wexford Literary Festival. We are waiting to hear from Poolbeg Press of another Wexfordian’s literary success who had met Paula Campbell in Meet The Publisher in our 2018 Festival!The Wexford Literary Festival was first founded in 2012 as part of the Strawberry Festival as Words in Wexford. It was so successful a Committee was formed and the Focal Festival, with Focal in Irish meaning “Word”, was established in 2013.  In 2012 and 2013, the late Denis Collins worked with us to showcase the first art exhibitions in the renovated Nunnery Chapel that has become The Presentation Centre. The festival was rebranded as the Wexford Literary Festival in 2014. The Festival commenced  its literary Awards programme sponsored by Community Development, Wexford County Council, to include the Colm Tóibín  International Short Story Award, Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award, Billy Roche International Short Play Award, Eileen Gray Window Display Award and in 2019, the Denis Collins Visual Arts Award and the Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Award.The festival continues to grow each year with participation of established as well as emerging writers across many genres who inspire and entertain attendees of all ages in a casual friendly way.

Upcoming Events

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Friday 1st July

Friday Event Schedule
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Saturday 2nd July

Saturday Event Schedule
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Sunday 3rd July

Sunday Event Schedule

Our Purpose

We deliver a quality literary programme including awards programmes, readings, workshops, talks and fringe performance and visual arts events.We support the development of writers – develop their artistic skills & knowledge and help them in their art form development through recognition in awards programmes or through workshops, talks and networking opportunities in the festival.We engage literary followers, book lovers and reading enthusiasts in unique programming ways.We contribute to the promotion of reading and writing through programmes with emphasis on social inclusion.Contribute to cultural tourism in Enniscorthy and County Wexford through our promotion of Wexford as a literary capital in south east Ireland and through showcasing our living Wexfordian writer

A Centenary Commemoration

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Getting to the Festival

By BusBus Eireánn 02 (route 2) . From Dublin Airport to Enniscorthy. TIMETABLE Wexford Bus From Dublin Airport to Enniscorthy. 
By TrainIrish Rail. WEBSITE
By Private TransportThe N11 / M11 From Dublin
Parking in Enniscorthy SUNDAY FREE PARKING LONG TERM ALL DAY PARKING €2 The Promenade, Enniscorthy, along the Slaney River; Island Road opposite the Petrol Station.SHORT TERM PARKING €2 FOR 4 HOURS IN TOWN. All in-Town street meters are the same Pay Parking arrangement. There is a BIG PARKING AREA in LYMINGTON ROAD with access down to Rafter Street and is central to all venues.