3rd Annual Festival


Interviews with well-known authors, Working with an Agent, Getting Your Book Published, Experiential Workshops, Readings, Talks, Writing for Theatre, Crime Writing, Song Lyric Writing, Story Telling, Poetry, delicious lunches, refreshments and convivial conversation!

Women well-represented at write by the sea

The recent furore over the lack of women in the programme for this year’s Magill Summer School prompted us to have a look through our own programme for Write By The Sea. It turns out that out of the 44 contributors in our schedule, set out on this website, 21 are...


We are delighted to receive confirmation from RTÉ that the broadcaster has accepted Write By The Sea as part of its invaluable “RTÉ Supporting The Arts” scheme.  This is an exciting endorsement of our festival, and a terrific boost of confidence for our hard-working...

Write More… and enter these exciting competitions

Public exposure for their work is something many writers crave, and that’s exactly what’s on offer in our three writing competitions. The attractive top prizes of hotel overnights are sponsored by The Coast Hotels in Kilmore Quay and Rosslare in Co Wexford , and...

Write more, read more, and eat more fish!…

Don't forget that all weekend ticket holders for Write By The Sea 2018 are invited to attend the official launch reception on Friday evening, September 28th, where they can enjoy a complimentary buffet including award-winning seafood dishes and liquid refreshments....

We Totally agree with RTÉ!

The RTÉ website has a very useful listing of key literary festivals coming up in Ireland this year, and we’re very pleased to note that Write By The Sea is given a very prominent write-up. And how could we argue with RTÉ’s description that “The third annual...
Dervla Murphy


"In  the course of a very long life I’ve been to countless literary festivals, but Write By The Sea in Kilmore Quay is a very special experience. For several reasons – the beautiful and serene location, the quality of the welcome and the enthusiasm and keen...


Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 takes place from September 28th to 30th 2018 in Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, Ireland. We invite you to browse our programme and find out more about our writers who make up this rich and varied programme. We hope you can find all the information you need about the festival and the picturesque village of Kilmore Quay, where we are based, here on our website. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to seeing you in September!


Full Price Ticket:
Weekend Ticket €70 / Day Ticket €40
prices inclusive of lunch and refreshments

Eventbrite - Write By The Sea 2018

Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Tickets
Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Programme


An exciting mix of interviews with well-known authors, information about working with an agent,  getting your book published, experiential workshops, readings, talks, writing for theatre, crime writing, song lyric writing, storytelling, poetry and convivial conversation!  



Two of the most popular figures of Irish literature, John Banville and Jennifer Johnston feature in the 2018 programme which also includes a strong local presence and key contributors Kit de Waal, Cath Staincliffe, Rob Doyle, Eleanor McEvoy and Rick O’Shea.


Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Writers
Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Competition


Entries are now invited for our writing competitions. In keeping with Kilmore Quay’s maritime location and traditions, the general theme is Coastlines.


Stella Maris Centre Kilmore Quay


In the heart of Kilmore Quay, the Stella Maris Centre will host the 2018 Write By the Sea Festival.  Kilmore Quay is a picturesque fishing village in the Sunny Southeast corner of Co. Wexford, only 25 minutes from Wexford town.


Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Venue
Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Accommodation


Only twenty-five minutes from Rosslare Europort & Wexford town, this corner of South County Wexford is a tranquil getaway with plenty of local B&Bs and self-catering options for you to choose from.



The story so far….Photos and comments from previous festivals.


Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Room to Write Monthly


Linked to our Write By The Sea festival, Room to Write takes place in the Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay on the second Saturday of every month.


Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Room to Write


Write By The Sea is a literary festival set in the intimate fishing village of Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. It offers a platform for established and emerging authors to explore and explain the process of writing for keen readers and would-be writers.

The programme for Write By The Sea includes a generous mix of talks, readings, interviews and workshops. Overlooking the picturesque Saltee Islands, the inspirational setting of Kilmore Quay is also an appropriate location in which to celebrate the international achievements of Irish authors and to encourage new writing across all genres.

Eminent participants have included travel writers Dervla Murphy and Geoff Hill, authors Donal Ryan, Cat Hogan, Peter Murphy, Marcus Connaughton, Tom Mooney and Jackie Hayden, poets Thomas McCarthy, Jim Maguire and Joe Neal, playwright Billy Roche and award-winning children’s author Sarah Webb.

Write By The Sea workshops have covered such essential topics as getting started in writing, approaching publishers, marketing your book via the Internet, writing poetry, writing for the stage, tv and radio, general journalism and music journalism. Write By The Sea has become a must-see event in the Autumn literary calendar.

Write By The Sea is kindly supported by our sponsors listed below.

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