Wexford Literary Festival Live 2020 July 2nd – 3rd

Wexford Literary Festival 3rd-5th July, taking place via zoom this year. This is the only festival taking part this summer in Wexford during a time when there is usually an abundance festival taking place.

It is quite a unique festival featuring awards programmes such as Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award, Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award, Billy Roche International Short Play Award and most recent Cursed Murphy  Spoken Word Award.

This years programme outreaches globally via Zoom in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre with award-winning Colum McCann in conversation with Peter Murphy about his critically acclaimed new novel Apeirogon with participation in the conversation from Bassam Aramin (Palestine) and Rami Elhanan (Israel), the fathers united in grief from the loss of their young daughters in the conflict between two nations are central to the storyline with Apeirogon.

“It seems that the Wexford Literary Festival is really beginning to come into its own. Not only does it provide some really fascinating talks and workshops with authors and people in the publishing industry, but it has also spawned its own community. People return to Enniscorthy each year especially for the event, joining new festival-goers and meeting even more new people. In fact, at the Literary Festival, it’s entirely possible that you could find yourself chatting over a cup of coffee to a multi-award winning, multi-million selling author without even realising it! “.  Independent.ie

Our on-line Festival demonstrates our core values of being: Ambitious, Quality, Engaging, Inspiring, Inclusive, Collaborative, Supporting and Encouraging, Passionate for Literature.

We are delighted to build on last years expansion into Wexford Town with Wexford Arts Centre, our Box Office and host of our ’Zoom events’ to include: The Cáca Milis Cabaret Wexlit Cabaret hosted by Helena Mulkerns includes an eclecticupWexford literartiTóibín and Eoin Colfer, music by The Man Whom and Tango with Hernán Catvin.

A new addition to this years programme it the event ‘Litmania, Readings Live from Wexford Authors’ broadcast from Red Books Wexford.

Programme of Events:

Also featuring in the festival is an exploration of ‘What’s in a Name’ with Fintan MurphyDr Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich, Michael Fortune and Nicky Rossiter, discussing the origins of the names of Wexford Townlands and personal names: Old Irish meanings, Norse foundations and more making history a live experience, through words.

As the festival crosses over 4th July Independence day in USRose Thornton, from Chicago, a spoken word artist, culture journalist, event organiser, RTÉ radio and television broadcaster founder of the inaugural Black History Month Irelanddiscusses the current threat to independence and the current rise of #blacklivesmatters demonstrations in the US and across the world.

Spoken Word performers participating includeCursed Murphy, Stephen James Smith, Elizabeth McGeown, John Cummins, Cormac Lally. Younger tweens/teens can join a virtual comic bookwithRoche highly acclaimed Marvel comic book writer and artist.

Internationally Bestselling author Carmel Harrington in Conversation & Cocktails with Sheila Forsey and Maria Nolan, or learn about crime writing with Andrea Mara and Jane Ryan. Louis de Paor leads a poetry workshop and Eamonn Wall joins from the US a panel of Wexford poets for readings.

For the first time, we are including 24/7 running literary works, featuring Film, Poetry, Short Story and Plays in partnership with SETV.IE.

Our festival has given a voice and a forum to new and emerging literary talents and we are pleased with the success many of them have achieved particularly past committee members – Carmel Harrington, Shane Dunphy, Caroline Busher, Cat Hogan, Adele O`Neill, Tina O Callaghan, and Sheila Forsey. A new voice we are including will be Ali Stewart and Caroline O’Leary, ISL interpreters for our Awards Event.

This is an exciting dynamic “virtual live literature” experience not to be missed.

For more information on the terrific line up of events visit: www.wexfordliteraryfestival.com,