Wexford Literary Festival

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

The Wexford Literary Festival was first founded in 2012 as the Focal Festival, with Focal in Irish meaning “Word”.  The festival was re-branded 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 and most recently the Billy Roche International Short Play Award as well as the Eileen Gray Window Display 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.  This year we are introducing ‘Pop up Spoken Word Cafe’ throughout the town inviting many celebrated and known artists in this field to perform.  There is also an opportunity for anyone who would like a chance to perform with ‘Open Mic’.

There will be many children’s creative and art workshops to participate in. Delivering 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.  It’s an opportunity for reading enthusiasts to engage with favourite authors or discover new ones in unique locations around Enniscorthy town and Wexford County.

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