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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,






Talk to Tom QPR Training

I attended the (QPR) Suicide Prevention course, in Gorey recently and enlightened was an ed shearunderstatement.  I expected more of a conference room, with seated rows and a projector. These were all in place with a more relaxed and welcoming environment with CEO Ray Cullen at the door to meet you. Ray and his volunteers are behind the organisation ‘Talk to Tom’ based in Gorey.  I had heard him speak before of his personal experience with suicide and was inspired.

We were a small group of ten and Ray said we could finish early. I thought to myself, ‘we’ll be taught the basic signs to watch for and sure it’s good to take part’.  Ray began with his personal journey, from being an engineer in the early 90’s, to breaking his back because this is where Ray sees the beginning of how he became teaching QPR, meaning Question, Persuade and Refer.  When Ray got to the point of feeling that something had to be done after the loss of his nephew by suicide along with the discovering there was a huge gap in mental health services in North Wexford.

He got together with his family and within four months they had set up Talk to Tom in July 2012.  Ray travelled to Colorado in the US, to train and qualify in the course QPR, which was created by Paul Quinten.  QPR training was introduced in June 2013 and soon ran programmes for Wexford Marine Watch volunteers, RNLI, Garda Siochána, Coastguard members and various17475173_10154395588985222_1399789633_o sports clubs.  When you attend Ray’s training day, you will witness how his expert advice is sought after by any organisastion; in 2015, Ray was invited to Brussels to present the Talk to Tom model.

He explains in-depth of how your surrounding environment and your everyday belief system effects how you see that the world, based on learned behaviour and associations.  He reveals some shocking statistics of how 2016 was at its highest in completed suicides.  Also that over 500 people die by suicide a year, with 80% being male and 20% are female.

Ray asked us ‘how many we thought attempted suicide a year that end up in hospital’ and our highest guess was 5,000 people.  The truth was frightening, to learn that 12,500 people a year with the majority being 80% female and 20% male.  He further explains that suicide is the most preventative death and with the use of the right language, approach and learning the signs of someone who is in pain and suffering.  We participated in role play with each other and I found it very intense and emotional but extremely beneficiary and illuminating.

You do not just receive a Certificate in QPR, you receive a day of impact talk along with exercises17455212_10154395588980222_1378681251_o and interaction.  I did not expect to learn as much as we did in that one day. Every month they hold QPR classes along with parenting and more programmes to help people in crisis.  They are a community based funded orgainisation, you can find them on Facebook and they have a voluntary shop in Gorey, where you can visit any time Monday to Friday or become a QPR Gatekeeper.

By Róisín Williams


Events in Wexford for February

Jason Byrne is Propped Up

Jason Byrne is coming to White’s Hotel on the 17th of February at 8pm. He’s bringing with him his brand new show, ‘Propped Up’ and his hilarious brand of comedy. The Times called him ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ and the Edinburgh Evening News remarked that ‘watching a new Jason Byrne Show is like witnessing lightning in a bottle’. For an electrifying, bust you gut laughing show get down to White’s on the 17th. Tickets cost €22, strictly over 18’s. Book tickets at https://lantern.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873565904

My Real Life by Eoin Colfer

‘My Real Life’, by well-known author Eoin Colfer. The story follows a Wexford man, Noel, suffering from advanced MS, who decides to end his life by overdosing on medication. But before it takes effect, he records messages for his friend, reminisces and relives the past forty years of his life. He has probably an hour to make amends and send messages before it is too late. It stars Sing Street star and Father Ted actor Don Wycherley in the role of Noel. While it has a dark side to it, it also has a lighter side. It will fill you with sorrow, then laughter. The show is being held in the Wexford Arts Centre at 8pm on the 9th to 11th of February and tickets cost €18-€20. Book tickets at https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873566372

By Sean Hynes

The Weekend

Hi folks, if you didn’t catch the Kicking Rockin Roll food festival in Enniscorthy Co. Wexford last weekend.  Have no fear Dublin Rock n Roll festival kicks off this weekend.   There will be vintage car shows and motorcycles on display and much more.  The launch party rocks off at the Mercantile on Dame street where the festival is foucused, promises to be bigger and better this year http://dublinrocknrollfestival.com/

This Saturday Comic Con 2016 has returned to the Convention Centre Dublin, the most outrageous, exciting and unique convention of the year.  Wear your best movie or comic character costumer and experience two days of exclusive signings, interactive sets, displays, original props, special guests and activities to keep everyone entertained http://dublincomiccon.com/

Speaking of Wexford the Gap Arts Festival will be held in Ballythomas National School, Gorey. Short films, live music, art and theatre and children go free http://gapartsfestival.com/

The Kilkenny Arts festival is beginning this weekend which is always full of different and entertaining acts for all age groups http://www.kilkennyarts.ie/

There you have it now folks have fun and contact info@setv.ie if you would like to feature or get involved with our broadcast #PlatformingPeople.


McGregor Retiring?

Setv.ie with some midweek updates.  One of the biggest reunions in world of rock ‘Guns N’ Roses’, known as the most dangerous band in the world.  Axl Rose announced at the Coachella festival  with Slash at the weekend he has become the frontman, for legend rock band AC/DC. Angus Young announced that Axl will fill in for their European tour as Brian Johnson will go deaf if he continues.  Brian should maybe avoid their 12 shows in Europe as everyone knows Axl’s screech notes.

The late Terry Wogan has been blamed for ruining the Eurovision Song Contest with his commentaries for BBC.  This years Producer Christer Bjorkman states that Presenter Terry’s comments such as ‘frivolous’ and making a mockery has effected the importance of the show.  Can’t imagine its just Terry Wogan’s comments that have ruined the Eurovision’s repitition.

Conor McGregor’s tweet has people on edge, if he is serious about early retirement or is it just another publicity stunt by the Notorious.  People are in a spin, as they really want to see the rematch between Nate Diaz in July.  McGregor’s coach John kavanagh followed on twitter with ‘Well it was fun while it lasted’.  God I cant see it been fun for the Irish and international MMA supporters right now.

Make sure and view Sinead Monaghan www.setv.ie give the South East’s Gig Guide for Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford.  Contact info@setv.ie for featuring on our broadcast SETV.IE #PlaformingPeople.