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Convent Road, Enniscorthy, 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday

PURCHASE BY PHONE: (053) 923 3000

PURCHASE ONLINE : Events are listed below by day and date.

You will be directed to Presentation Centre and Wexford Arts Centre‘s ticket website.

PROGRAMME ENQUIRIES: Noon – 8pm +353.87 331 8839

Festival Programme

Review What’s On and the Festival Line Up ,

There are also free literature events for children,

youth and adults.

ENQUIRIES: +353.87 331 8839

Noon – 8pm

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Festival Ticket

Full Festival tickets are available for €65, allowing you to attend two “by invitation only” events and all events except for the three Workshops, Culture & Cocktails in The Castle, Cursed Murphy Versus The Resistance and The Diary of Maynard Perdu.

Getting to Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford:

Enniscorthy is located on the M11/N11 approximately 100km (60miles) south of Dublin. Find Out how to get here by:


PROGRAMME TICKETS 2019

Pre-Festival Events – Friday 28th June to Sunday 7th July

Bryne’s Books & Toys

2 Court Street, Y21 DK26

Byrne’s Book-Marker Competition

Friday 28th June – Sunday 7th July

Individual winners and their National School announced

and receive prizes. Bookmarks on Display in shop window.

Participating Shops in Enniscorthy

Eileen Gray Window Display Competition

Monday 1st June – Sunday 7th July

Retail shops compete for the Eileen Gray Window Display

Award: which is the best literature focused display?

COMPETITION INFORMATION

THURSDAY 4th JULY: Welcome to the Festival and Drama

Welcome to the Friends of the Festival Reception

& Official Opening

with guest speaker Sinéad Crowley

and music with Dermot Byrne.

Festival ticket Holders and by Invitation Only due to space restrictions.

FESTIVAL TICKET REQUIRED

(Sold through Presentation Centre)

8pm – 10pm @ Holohan’s Pub,

Slaney Place, Y21 PX26

PLAYS IN A PUB

Holohan’s Pub, Slaney Place, Enniscorthy

Three short plays by Irish playwrights Declan Dempsey (2018 Award Winner), John J. Kelly & Dominic Palmer with music between and afterward by Wexford Blues man – Dermot Byrne.

Age Suitability: Over 18

INCLUDED IN FULL FESTIVAL TICKET

(Tickets also available on the Door)

8pm – 10pm @ Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Y35 X5HF

Diary of Maynard Perdu

by Billy Roche starring Peter McCamley

Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley. The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue all of which serves to mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within…

More Info

Tickets Available at Wexford Arts Centre.

Booking Strongly Advised

€18

(conc.€16)

(Sold through Wexford Arts Centre)

FRIDAY 5th JULY : Students by day and “Visual Arts & Awards Night”

Enniscorthy Library

Lymington Road, Y21 AD92

Storytelling and Reading

with Caroline Busher

Storytelling and reading for National School age children, with the brilliant

and Irish Best Selling Author, Caroline Busher


Book a place: 053 923 6055

Enniscorthy Library

Lymington Road, Y21 AD92

Create your own Comic Book Stories

with Nick Roche

Learn the building blocks to create your own comic book stories

from layouts to finished images with renowned Irish comic book

artist Nick Roche whose work includes Spider-Man,Transformers

and Doctor Who. Beginners welcome!


Book a place: 053 923 6055

2pm -3pm @ Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Y21 X889

“Hello Delia Murphy”

with Carmen Cullen

Sit back and be enthralled by the songs and story of the iconic Delia Murphy. This is a one-woman show with live RAIM trained musician Gerry Anderson, and hosted by Delia’s niece, author Carmen Cullen. Her first novel: Two Sisters Singing was published by Liberties Press in 2013 and is loosely based on her iconic Aunt Delia. Carmen was Head of English in Coláiste Dhúlaigh Secondary School in Dublin for more than twenty years and is now a full time writer. Her novel about Delia Murphy. Hello Love, is available to purchase.

More Info

Suitability: Any age.

€10

(Sold through Presentation Centre)

INCLUDED IN FULL FESTIVAL TICKET

(Tickets also available on the Door)

6:15pm – 10pm @ Presentation Centre, Nunnery Road, Y21 X889

Response. Text Redefined Visual Art Launch 

& Awards Night

Come meet the participating artists, and check out the exhibition inspired entirely by each artist’s favourite piece of text. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. Winner of the inaugural Denis Collins Visual Arts Award [€200] announced on the night.

8pm – 10pm @ Wexford Arts Centre,

Cornmarket, Y35 X5HF

Diary of Maynard Perdu

by Billy Roche starring Peter McCamley

Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley. The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue all of which serves to mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within…

More Info

Tickets Available at Wexford Arts Centre.Booking Strongly Advised

€18

(conc.€16)

(Sold through Wexford Arts Centre)

SATURDAY 6th JULY : Readers, Writers & Spoken Word Day

10am – 2pm @ The Athenaeum

Castle Street, Y21 PN47

Byrne’s Pop-up BookShop (Family-friendly Event)

Saturday 6th July 10am – 2pm; 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Books by all the participating authors on sale in one place.

Coffee/Tea available whilst you browse and buy.

Come with your family and create a Book Cover Mural with material supplied by Byrnes’ Books & Toys.

10am – 12 Noon @ Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Y21 X889


The Underground Society

Creative Writing Workshop (20 max)

20 places max.

Unlock the secret to creativity in a unique creative writing workshop designed for writers of any level. Whether you are interested in writing novels, short stories, historical fiction, children’s’ fiction, memoir, non-fiction, screenwriting, poetry or just writing for the fun of it, this workshop is for you…

More Info

Suitable Secondary age +

€15

NOT included in Festival Ticket.

(Sold through Presentation Centre)

10am – 12:30pm @ Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Y21 X889

Meet The Publisher

by invitation – 10 to 12 people

After you enter for a place to Meet The Publisher, Paula Campbell, Poolbeg Press, if you are one of the successful people, you will be contacted by email with a specific “pitching” time.

See Entry Criteria here.

Festival Ticket + €10

10:30am – 11:30am @ Treacy’s Hotel

Templeshannon, Y21 V0F5

A Shot of Poetry

A relaxed and family friendly space in Treacy’s Hotel for poets and lovers of poetry to

enjoy a mix of poetry from published local poets:

John J. Kelly, Joe Neal, Mary Cotter. A 2019 Shortlisted poet in the Anthony Cronin international Poetry Award, Jac Shortland, will also be reading.


All ages welcome.

11am – Noon @ Enniscorthy Castle

Castle Hill, Y21 AW90

Historical Fiction Comes Alive:

About The Normans in a Norman Castle

Ruadh Butler with Fintan Murphy

With a trilogy of work on the Normans in Ireland this amazing historical fiction writer makes history real. Buy Ruadh’s book Lord Of The Sea Castle at Byrne’s Bookshop, at the event

or at the Festival Pop-up Bookshop in The Athenaeum


All ages welcome.

11:30am – 12:30pm @ Bryne’s Books & Toys

2 Court Street, Y21 DK26

Tea ‘n’ Tales

with Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Felicity loves Ireland, living in Dingle. she is well known with her

mythical world in the Finfarran Series,of which she is here to

Launch the 7th in the series The Transatlantic Book Club.

Enjoy a cuppa whilst Felicity reads and has a book signing.

12 Noon – 12:30pm @ Bryne’s Pop-Up Bookstore, at The Athenaeum, Castle Street, Y21 PN47

Self Publishing

with Andrew Haworth

Andrew exhibited at Listowel Writers Week. .

Find out what is needed in order to turn your work into a publication.

12:45pm – 1:30pm @ Bryne’s Pop-Up Bookstore, at The Athenaeum,

Castle Street, Y21 PN47

Thriller & Crime from the North

with John McClintock and Michael Sands

Readings from emerging crime novelist John McClintock and a thriller by

Michael Sands: two outstanding writers from Northern Ireland.

12:30pm – 1.30pm @ The River Restaurant,

8 Market Square, Y21 HN76

Spoken Word in the River Restaurant

with Erin Fornoff, John Cummins and Zena O’Brien

Spoken Word is the performance of literature. Come to

hear and see these nationally recognised Spoken Word

Artists. Arrive early to secure a place as the artists will literally “pop up”.


2pm – 2:30pm @ The WILDS Cafe & Deli

23 Weafer Street, Y21 K702

Spoken Word in The WILDS Café & Deli

with FeliSpeaks and Cursed Murphy

Enjoy your meal and be entertained by two stand out Spoken Word talents!


2pm – 3:30pm @ The Athenaeum,

Castle Street, Y21 PN47

Pig’s Toes & Handbags Poetry Workshop

with Margaret Galvin, published poet and Judge

20 people max

Learn how to find poetry in the everyday, i.e the contents of an old handbag or the memory of your father’s delight in a feed of pig’s feet.

A consideration of the role poetry plays in keeping alive the memory of the people, places and events that shape us…

Margaret is a Judge for our 2019 Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award.

More Info

Suitable Secondary age +

NOT included in Festival Ticket.

(Sold through Presentation Centre)

2pm – 5:30pm @ The Church Institute,

Church Street, Y21 A297

In Conversation With… (4 Events)

at The Church Institute

This includes ALL 4 ‘In Conservation with.. ‘ events on Saturday from 2pm – 5:30pm at The Church Institute:

  • June Caldwell in conversation with Paula Campbell (2pm – 2:45pm)
  • Eamonn Wall in conversation with Paul O’Reilly (2.45pm – 3:30pm)
  • Niamh Devereux in conversation with Roisin Williams (3:45pm – 4:30pm)
  • Felicity Hayes-McCoy in conversation with Jarlath Glynn (4:30pm – 5:15pm)


Suitable for any age.

INCLUDED IN FULL FESTIVAL TICKET

(Sold through Presentation Centre)

(Tickets also available on the Door)

3pm – 5pm @ Presentation Centre,

Convent Road, Y21 X889

Step Up To The Mic

Inaugural Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Award

Spoken Word Competition – Prize: €200

Wexford Literary Festival has invited auditioned spoken word performers to perform and compete in its new exciting Step Up to the Mic event on Saturday 6th July between 3-5pm at The Presentation Centre Enniscorthy alongside established spoken word performers. Hosted and judged by Cursed Murphy and team.

Age suitability: Ages10+ especially Secondary Student Age +, rappers, poets, spoken word artists.

INCLUDED IN FULL FESTIVAL TICKET

(Sold through Presentation Centre)

3:30pm – 5:30pm @ Bryne’s Pop-Up BookShop at The Athenaeum,

Castle Street, Y21 PN47

Byrne’s Pop-up BookShop (Family-friendly Event)


Books by all the participating authors on sale in one.

place.Coffee/Tea available whilst you browse and buy.

Come with your family and enjoy the Book Cover Mural created in the morning.

3:30pm – 4pm @ The Athenaeum,

Castle Street, Y21 PN47

Poetry with John D. Yates


John will help you appreciate disability does not affect ability! His

collection of 28 poems As Ever released in December 2018, are

insightful and passionate. His brother Ivan may be a talker but John

has his own voice. Enjoy his poems!.

PADDY WILLIAMS poems will also be read by Roisin Williams, SETV.ie

3:30am – 4:30pm @ Bryne’s Books

2 Court Street, Y21 DK26

Tea ‘n’ Tales

with Shelia Forsey

Irish Best Seller Sheila Forsey will read from her first historical

fiction novel, Kilbride House and be available to sign. We won’t

give away the story … but enjoy the 1950s style cakes ‘n tea!.

7pm @ Presentation Centre,

Convent Road, Y21 X889

Quare Taken: Exhibition Launch

Work by Larry Dunne

Larry Dunne is a visual artist and illustrator from Enniscorthy. He is currently The Presentation Arts Centre’s Marketing and Visual Arts Associate, and is also lead designer of the Enniscorthy Arts Trail. Larry has a B.A. in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art & Design, as well as a PGDip in Business & Cultural Event Management from IADT Dún Laoghaire. Larry’s artwork, particularly the pieces in his upcoming first solo exhibition ‘Quare Taken‘, are intricately detailed and macabre, and shine a surreal spotlight on the homophobia he experienced during his formative years in Enniscorthy.

7:30pm – 9:30pm @ Enniscorthy Castle,

Castle Hill, Y21 AW90

Culture & Cocktails at the Castle

Enniscorthy Castle

with a cocktail mix of literature and musical performances including

Emer Martin, Helena Mulkerns, June Caldwell, Margaret Galvin, Joe Neal, Aisling Williams, Imelda O’Reilly, Niall Wall and more,

NOT INCLUDED IN FESTIVAL TICKET

(Available at the Opening)

8pm -10pm @ Wexford Arts Centre

Cornmarket, Y35 X5HF

Diary of Maynard Perdu

by Billy Roche starring Peter McCamley

Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley. The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue all of which serves to mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within…

More Info

Tickets Available at Wexford Arts Centre.Booking Strongly Advised

€18

(conc.€16)

(Sold through Wexford Arts Centre)

9:30pm – 11:30pm @ Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Y21 X889

Cursed Murphy vs. The Resistance

Spoken Word ‘Battle’

Presenting Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance: a mash-up of spoken word performance, cinematic guitar soundscapes and big beats, featuring Cursed Murphy, aka spoken word performer and novelist Peter Murphy (John the Revelator, Shall We Gather at the River), Dan Comerford (Frankenstein Bolts), the Gangnus sisters Rebecca, Tamara and Jasmin, and Kevin Dillon (all members of street drum crew Bloco Garman).

More Info

Suitable Youth +

(Sold through Presentation Centre)

SUNDAY 7th JULY : Film, Story & Drama Day

10:30am – 12 Noon @ Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Y21 X889

Film Script Writing Workshop

with Imelda O’Reilly

Introduction to Screenwriting. Study the craft of screenwriting with experienced Irish filmmaker and lecturer Imelda O’Reilly currently based in New York. Learn the process of transferring an idea to script format and develop a dramatic narrative with an emphasis on the short film in the context of low budget production. Beginners welcome!  

More Info

Suitable for Youth+

€15

NOT INCLUDED IN FESTIVAL TICKET

(Sold through Presentation Centre)

12 Noon – 1:10pm (70mins)

@ Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Y21 X889

Arán & Im

le/with Manchán Magan

A bilingual play with audience participation around the making of bread and the churning of butter.

“Shall we bake bread together and churn some butter, and talk about things that really matter?” asks Manchán Magan, the presenter of the  70-minute bilingual show, Arán & Im, which explores what makes Irish so unique and potent. “What’s the word for the lonesomeness of a cow bereft of her calf? Or, for the sound horses make when they meet after an absence? To what extent is the language embedded in the Otherworld?”

Join Manchán as he bakes bread and churns butter and reveals the link between sourdough and the transformational power of Irish.

Suitable for all ages.

€15

INCLUDED IN FEST. TICKET

(Sold through

Presentation Centre)

1:15pm – 2pm @ Orchard Peace Park, Presentation Centre,

Convent Road, Y21 X889

Cool Hand Ukes…

Wexford Ukelele Group @ Orchard Peace Park, Presentation Centre

This Wexford group are passionate about the Ukulele!  All ages will love it!  Bring a picnic.. and take your bread from Arán agus Im to the park!  Lots of tunes from classics to modern day for all to join in and sing along.


Cool hand Ukes started in 2016 when visual artist Bettina Meyler decided to share her love of ukuleles with others. What started off with a few players in her studio has grown to a large group who meet weekly in Wexford town. New members welcome.

Check out Cool Hand Ukes on Facebook!  


Suitable for all ages.

2pm – 3pm @ Bryne’s Books

2 Court Street, Y21 DK26

3:15pm – 5:15 @ Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Y21 X889

In Conversation with…

at Byrne’s Books and the Presentation Centre

2pm – 3pm Peter Murphy reads from his critically acclaimed John the Revelator and Shall We Gather at The River and also works from his new story featured Being Various – New Stories by Irish Contemporary writers. Enjoy

some tea and food while listening to some new tales and Peter in conversation with Johnny Lappin IMRO and music events instigator, author of In a Lifetime: From Hozier to U2.

3.15pm – 4pm Emer Martin in Conversation with Helena Mulkerns. Emer Martin, is an Irish novelist based in CA, US, an exhibited painter and international film-maker who has also lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and the United States. Her first novel, Breakfast in Babylon, described the life of a young Irishwoman in the Parisian underworld and won Book of the Year at the 1996 Listowel Writers’ Week. She converses with Helana Mulkerns, a freelance writer and author whose debut title, Ferenji, was published by Doire Press and her story “Dogs” shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards.  She has been internationally anthologised and was shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize and the Francis MacManus awards among others. She previously worked as a journalist (Irish Times, Hot Press, New York Times), and as a press officer with the United Nations. Currently, she is working on her debut novel and is often in Wexford for the arts event she founded and performs in, The Cáca Milis Cabaret. Recently, Ferenji was optioned for film adaptation and its second edition will be available at our Festival.

4pm – 5pm Imelda O’Reilly in Conversation with Fintan Kelly (Including short film screenings).

Imelda O’Reilly is an independent Irish filmmaker from Kildare known forexploring themes of identity, exile and longing in her work. She is also a published poetand playwright. Her award winning short films have been screened at fifty film festivalsinternationally around the world, including Rhode Island International Film Festival,International Film Festival de Creteil, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival,Festival de Cine International Barcelona, and the Richard Harris International FilmFestival.As a commissioned writer on Song For New York with Mabou Mines her work wasdeveloped through the Sundance Theater Lab and New York Theater Workshop. Shedid writing residences at Vassar College, Bard College and UCross Foundation. She hadtwo of her plays produced at the CSV in Manhattan by Deadalus Theater Company titled Fazinate and Emilita and the Fairy Glen. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Morocco where her film Bricks, Beds and Sheep’s Heads was a Regional Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Other grants include a Provost Grant and a College of Arts and Letters Grant fromJames Madison University, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Women in Film, The Irish Arts Council, Culture Ireland, The City University of New York, and a Critical Language Enhancement Award in Morocco. Imelda completed her short film Eggs and Soldiers that won an award of excellence at the Broadcast Education Association. It also won the Tonino Guerra Award a screenwriting award from the Chicago Art-house Blow-Up Film Festival. In addition, it received awards from Accolade Competition, Global Shorts, Los Angeles and IndieFestFilm Awards. Eggs and Soldiers has screened on RTE and is distributed throughShortsTV Europe. It has screened at 50 festivals across nine different countries. Imeldahas a collection of poems titled I Wake In Half Dream published by Lapwing Press.Her fiction appears in an anthology of Irish fiction titled Shenanigans published byScepter in the UK.She is currently developing four feature films. Beneath the Boy’s Cry, an Irish thriller set in war-torn Ireland. This screenplay has also been a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters lab. Most recently her feature screenplay Beneath the Boy’s Cry was selected as the “Best Of” the festival at the Broadcast Education Association for 2017.She is also developing Article 475 a thriller set in Morocco and Emilita and the Asian Glen an animated film. Her feature screenplay We’re the Kids in America was selected for the Moving Picture Institute Screenwriting Fellowship. More recently We’re the Kids in America was an official selection of L’Atélier Cinéfondation that is part of the Cannes International Film Festival for 2018. It was also a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab in 2018. She currently has Barbara DeFina attached as Producer for this project. The screenplay also received an Honorable Mention from the Stowe Story Labs and a “Best Of” competition from the Broadcast Education Association in 2019. She has an MFA in film from Columbia University. Imelda spent three years in Singapore as an Arts Professor in the Graduate Film Program for New York University Tisch Asia. Prior to NYU she taught at Barnard College, Hunter College and the School for VisualArts. She is currently an Assistant Professor at James Madison University. Her short film Eggs & Soldiers with be shown with Fintan Kelly’s, Ignatius.

€15

INCLUDED IN FESTIVAL TICKET

(Sold through Presentation Centre)