The life-relationship with Kilmore Quay enjoyed by the late Wexford writer and poet Tom Williams will be marked when his son David Williams reads from his father’s work at the conclusion of Write By The Sea.

As Write By The Sea festival Chairperson Lucy Moore says, “The late Tom Williams is still one of our most popular Wexford writers, and Kilmore Quay and its environs feature in many of his writings. His posthumous collection A Voice From Out The Crowd took readers on a moving journey around County Wexford, including Kilmore Quay, where he used to watch the rusting trawlers chug into harbour laden with their spoils from the sea. We’re delighted to celebrate that connection through David’s reading at our festival.”

David Williams is scheduled to deliver his reading at around 5.30 on Sunday, September 25. His contribution will bring the inaugural Write By The Sea festival to a fitting conclusion, especially given Tom Williams’ love of the sea, the theme for this year’s festival.


About Tom Williams

The late Tom Williams was born in 1941 in Taghmon, Co Wexford, and worked in banking before running the family bakery. His mother regularly read poems and recitations to him as a young boy, helping to infuse within him a life-long passion for music and storytelling. He composed songs and poems that celebrated his Wexford heritage and wrote ‘Cúchulainn’s Son’ and ‘A Civil War Lament’ to mark 100 years of the GAA. He contributed articles to historical journals and was commissioned to write books detailing the lineage of several of Wexford’s best-known families. His With Heart and Hand – the Inside Story of Wexford’s Hurling Resurgence documented the county’s path to All-Ireland hurling glory in 1996. In 2006, his bestselling Cúchulainn’s Son told the story of Wexford hurling hero Nicky Rackard. His posthumous publication A Voice From Out The Crowd took readers on a moving journey around County Wexford, including Kilmore Quay. His son David will read a short story written by Tom and set in Kilmore Quay.

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