5th Annual Festival


We are delighted to announce that planning for the 5th annual Write By the Sea Festival is underway.  In 2020 we will bring you interviews with well-known, national and international writers and experts, experiential workshops, readings and talks. Save the dates in your diary now and come and enjoy drama, crime writing, short stories, storytelling, poetry, memoir writing, writing graphic novels and much, much more.

budding writers working at a workshop

Early Bird Tickets 2020

Write By The Sea Early Bird Tickets will go on sale at the end of April 2020.  We're busy putting the programme together and we'll have some surprises about the line up to announce soon.  We can't wait!

Room To Write is off to a Flying 2020 Start

The first Room to Write of 2020 took place in the Stella Maris Centre on Saturday the 11th of January.  Buoyed up by New Year’s Resolutions to simply make time to write this year, the enthusiastic writers were guided by our skilful Resident Facilitator Fintan Murphy....

Room to Write – a Masterclass from Margaret Galvin

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. Every quarter we feature a guest facilitator and on the 14th of December 2019, acclaimed Wexford poet Margaret Galvin led...

Happy Christmas

Christmas Greetings from the Write By The Sea crew to you, our funders, sponsors, writers, volunteers and supporters. What began as a spark of inspiration in our small community has now become a vibrant annual literary festival with a national and international...

Naming Sin: Flannery O’Connor’s mark on Bruce Springsteen.

Dappled Sin: Flannery O'Connor's mark on Bruce Springsteen. An insightful article by Damian J. Ference on the website DappledThings.org Excerpt: "Springsteen explains his initial draw to O’Connor: “The really important reading that I did began in my late twenties,...

Storytelling Event

Write By The Sea and Wexford Library are delighted to present an hour of storytelling from some of Ireland's most beloved storytellers, EDDIE LENIHAN, JOE BRENNAN AND BAYA Date: Saturday 28th September 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: Registration is at 6.45pm in the Stella...


Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2019 took place from September 27th to 29th 2019 in Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, Ireland. We invite you to browse our programme and find out more about the writers who made up this rich and varied programme. We are currently working on our programme for 2020. Details will be posted here as soon as they are available. In the meantime, make sure to save the date for our next festival: 25th-27th September 2020

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. 


Two of the most popular figures of Irish literature, John Banville and Jennifer Johnston featured in the 2018 programme which also included 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 2019 writing competitions. In keeping with Kilmore Quay’s maritime location and traditions, the general theme is ‘Drawn to the Sea’


Stella Maris Centre Kilmore Quay


In the heart of Kilmore Quay, the Stella Maris Centre will again host the 2019 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.



Wexford-based artist David Daly’s participation in Write By The Sea 2019 is particularly apt given that our theme for this year is Drawn To The Sea. Daly is a member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland, and has illustrated several books.



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


Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 Room to Write


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 Monthly

Write Stuff is a podcast in which Chris Fitzgerald interviews prominent writers about all things writing. We were delighted to welcome Chris to Write By the Sea in 2018 where he recorded a number of interviews with participants that are now available to listen to on the Headstuff website.

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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.

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