This weekend is the Wexford Literary Arts Festival

This weekend is the Wexford Literary Arts Festival | Pro Club Bd

This weekend County Wexford hosts its annual Literary Arts Festival with a wide range of events.

Whilst the festival has traditionally been based in Enniscorthy, where it began, in recent years it has expanded to include a program of events in the town of Wexford.

Among the major attractions staged this year is the commemoration of the Battle of Enniscorthy which takes place on Saturday 2nd July at 11am

It takes place in and around Enniscorthy Castle and is organized by the Festival Committee in association with the Enniscorthy Municipal District. The memorial service will also include reenactment scenes featuring members of the Enniscorthy Historical Reenactment Society and also Lord Edward’s Own.

The opening address will be given by the Local Authority Cathaoirleach at 11am and there will also be an address by Minister James Browne TD. The nature of the festival is now to offer visitors and locals to Wexford and Enniscorthy a wide range of attractions and the event at the castle will be both entertaining and informative as local historian Barry Lacey will outline the nature of the battle for them present.

Mr Lacey will also narrate the events taking place as the reenactment groups give people an idea of ​​what the battle looked like from a visual perspective.

The keynote speaker on the day will be Sean Lemass’ grandson, Sean Haughey. Another keynote speaker at the event will be someone bridging the gap between the literary and historical worlds.

Carmel Smyth, the author of ‘Monteith – The Making of a Rebel’ will give an address at 12pm followed by a prayer service for all who died in Enniscorthy and Wexford during the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.

Liam Doyle will deliver a whistler wail and local author Maria Nolan, who is also a founding member of the festival committee, will deliver a prose excerpt at 12:20pm, with the ceremony scheduled to end with the national anthem at 12:30pm

An event taking place in the town of Wexford as part of the festival is the official launch of Derville Murphy’s new book The Perfect Copy.

The launch will take place on Saturday, July 2 at 11:30 am at the Book Center on Main Street.

Ms. Murphy is a writer, artist, art historian and architect and this is her third book after The Art Collector’s Daughter (2020) and If Only She Knew (2021).

The festival weekend will also feature music events featuring legendary Irish songwriter Declan O’Rourke ‘in conversation’ with author, musician and broadcaster Peter Murphy at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy on 2 July at 2pm

The two will discuss O’Rourke’s new book, The Pawnbroker’s Reward, followed by a question and answer session.

There will also be a special guest performance by Ben MacCaoilte and Daire Murray. A very special event will take place on Saturday 2nd July at 3.30pm at Orchard Peace Park in Enniscorthy.

Author Caroline Busher will be giving a child fairies workshop aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12.

Under Caroline’s guidance, the participants write their own fairy tale story. Graduated with a First Class Hons. Caroline has an MA in Creative Writing from UCD and is a bestselling author now represented by the Trace Literary Agency in the US.

As an experienced TV and radio presenter, she will bring a whole world of experience to the workshop. The event is planned to be held outdoors, but in the event of inclement weather it is likely to be relocated to the nearby presentation center.

On Saturday 2 July at 3.30pm there is a special event at Enniscorthy Castle which aims to celebrate the successful writers of the Wexford Literary Festival from the 10 year history of the events.

June Caldwell and Susan Tomaselli will host the event, which will draw attention to writers such as Sheila Forsey, Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Carmel Harrington, Caroline Busher, Derville Murphy, Hanna McNiven, Paul O’Reilly and Imelda Carroll.

Attention turns to film on Sunday, July 3, with short films by award-winning filmmakers and writers including Imelda Carroll, Dick Donoghue, Hannah McNiven and Edwina Forkin being screened at the Presentation Center.

On Saturday at 1pm Álanna Ní Ádhmaill will give a presentation on Michael Fortune’s current exhibition at Enniscorthy Castle entitled ‘That’s True, You Know’.

The presentation includes an interview with Michael, the man behind the famous www.folklore.ie, and takes place at Enniscorthy Castle.

Wexford Public Library will host an event at 11am on Saturday where Fintan Murphy will ‘talk’ with Des Kiely and this will be followed by the official launch of the third edition of ‘Wexford Women’ at the Book Centre, Main Street, Wexford who write undercover”.

You can find more information about all the events taking place over the festival weekend online at www.wexfordliteraryfestival.com and other social media platforms.

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