Friday 3rd July
2pm - 4pm
Create a comic book with Nick Roche
FREE EVENT. Bookings are required to give you a secure code.
Nick Roche’s session at Wexford Literary Festival 2019, was very popular. He is skilled and able to assist any teen+ learn skills in this popular literary art form. Beginners welcome.
ABOUT NICK ROCHE
A comic book writer and artist from Wexford Town. He is an artist for Marvel Comics on Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Spider-Man & Deadpool, Death’s Head. His most notable work with the robots in disguise is the multi-part Wreckers Saga, one of the franchise’s most acclaimed works, the first part of which (Last Stand Of The Wreckers) was voted ‘Greatest Transformers Comic Story Of All Time’ by IGN.com. Nick’s most recent published work was Rogue Trooper for the seminal 2000AD, and he is currently working on various Marvel and IDW covers (including a Transformers Ghostbusters crossover!) as well as his own Irish-set suburban folk horror comic due for release in late 2019. Other notable work includes the all-ages horror comedy comic Monster Motors, created with ‘Secret Life Of Pets & Minions‘ screenwriter Brian Lynch, and the Last Of Our Kind album artwork and Barbarian video animation for British rock group The Darkness.
7pm - 8pm
FREE EVENT. Bookings are required to give you a secure code. Gather your family and friends in your home … depending on social distancing requirements in your country or let them know to book their place at your Award Night.
GUEST SPEAKER: Billy Keane
8.15pm - 9.15pm
In Conversation with Carmel Harrington and Sheila Forsey ... hosted by Maria Nolan
Maria Nolan will be in conversation with Carmel Harrington a Wexford International Author and Sheila Forsey, a Wexfordian Irish Times Best Author, about their latest books published in 2020. Read more below.
Maria Nolan (centre) and Carmel Harrington (right) are captured with Anne Doyle, Wexford Ambassador, at the Focal Festival 2014.
International bestseller CARMEL HARRINGTON is from Screen, Co. Wexford, she lives in a small village with her family and their rescue dog, George Bailey.
Her uplifting and inspiring books, all regular chart-toppers, have captured the hearts of readers worldwide and are translated into eight languages to date, in eleven countries. Published by Harper Collins, her most recent novel My Pear-Shaped Life was described as, ‘Poignant and profound, warm and witty, the brilliant writing inviting us to look beyond the smiley face to the complex tangle of emotions inside us all.’
Carmel was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in 2016 & 2017 and won both the Kindle Book of the Year and Romantic eBook of the Year in 2013. Previous books include A Thousand Roads Home, The Woman at 72 Derry Lane, The Things I Should Have Told You, The the official ITV novel Cold Feet The Lost Years, The Things I Should Have Told You, Every Time A Bell Rings, The Life You Left and Beyond Grace’s Rainbow.
Carmel is also a popular TV and radio personality. She is a regular panelist on Virgin Media’s Elaine show. In addition, she has been interviewed on TV and radio in America, the UK and Ireland and is a popular speaker at festivals. If that wasn’t enough to make the juggle struggle real, she is co-founder of The Inspiration Project, a coaching writing retreat and was Chair of Wexford Literary Festival from 2015-2018.
Her favourite place to plot new stories is walking on Curracloe Beach. So if you spot her talking to herself, be reassured that she’s likely lost in a new world, making friends with new characters. Carmel loves hearing from readers, you can connect with her on FB/TW/INST @HappyMrsH and on www.carmelharrington.com. She also hosts The Carmel Harrington Reading Room on Facebook, an online book club, where readers discuss their favourite reads and take part in bookish challenges. Carmel is represented by The Soho Agency in London.
SHEILA FORSEY is an Irish Times best-selling author and an All-Ireland best actress. Her childhood was steeped in listening to stories. They were told not from a book but from memory. Stories that gave her a love of words which were the steppingstone into her writing. Ireland’s windswept coastline, rugged mountains, valleys and ever- changing sky inspire her writing. A deep interest in Ireland’s intricate past has led her to write historical fiction.
Published by Poolbeg Press, her latest novel is The Secret of Eveline House (April, 2020) and her first work of historical fiction, Kilbride House (2019). Her first novel, Mending Lace (2017) was published by Endeavour Publishing London.
In 2019 she was awarded a literary bursary from Wexford Arts Council and Artslink. Graduating with an honours certificate in Creative Writing from Maynooth University (2012), she then spent a further year as part of The Two Roads Creative Writing Course. Here she explored different types of creative writing and wrote several mini plays. She completed a short course with Fish Amble Theatre Company in October of 2019.
She has acted in many theatre performances and is the recipient of an All-Ireland best actress award from the Drama league of Ireland. She was part of the core acting group for Watergate Theatre Company during her years living in Kilkenny City.
She has facilitated creative writing classes in Wexford Arts Centre and The Presentation Arts Centre and in many festivals throughout the country. She was a committee member for Wexford Literary Festival for two years. Sheila is the tutor for creative writing for Adult Education in Gorey Community College.
Read about her latest novel
A little about The Secret of Eveline House. In 1949 and into the 1950s the people of Ireland lived by a strict moral religious code. Little mercy was shown by the church, the state or indeed society on anyone who ignored this code. This is where this story begins.
The Secret of Eveline House is set in 1949 and the present day. It is 1949 in Draheen and playwright Violet Ward, her husband Henry a renowned jeweller, and their young daughter Sylvia have returned to Ireland from London to take up residence in Eveline House.
But Violet has broken the rules. Her writing is banned in Ireland and labelled immoral. The people of Draheen are hostile to her. Her very being there outrages them.
In 2019 Emily O’Connor buys her dream house in Draheen. Eveline House is like a time capsule, locked up since 1950, still full of personal possessions and hauntingly beautiful photographs of the family that once lived there. A family that seems to have abruptly walked out of their lives and disappeared through the cracks of time.
Emily soon realises that Draheen is a town of cruel secrets – secrets which are about to impact on her life in ways she could never have imagined.
At present Sheila is writing on her third work of historical fiction.
“A thrilling and beautifully written mystery, Sheila Forsey’s atmospheric page turner is alive with intrigue and mystery from first sentence to last.” Niamh Boyce.
“The Secret of Eveline House is a novel that completely captivates. It paints a very vivid picture of a time in Ireland when life moved in a very different fashion and at a very different pace. Society has moved on; attitudes have changed but memories are very long. Most certainly a book for all who are fans of Daphne du Maurier, The Secret of Eveline House is full of mystery, intrigue and suspense with some wonderfully depicted characters and a stunning descriptive narrative.” Swirl and Thread Book Blog.