4th 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!


We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive feedback received during and following Write By The Sea 2018. And what a weekend it was, easily our most successful event to date, with Kilmore Quay all a-buzz with talk of books and writers and reading and writing. So a great...

John Banville for Book Centre signing

On route to his Write By the Sea interview with Derek Hand next Saturday afternoon as part of Write By The Sea 2018, John Banville will be stopping at the Wexford Book Centre on South Main Street to sign copies of his books. The award-winning and...

Tina Callaghan to launch new book ahead of Write By The Sea discussion

Congrats to New Ross writer Tina Callaghan who will launch her first young adult novel Dark Wood Dark Water in Wexford Library next Thursday, 13 September, at 7 pm. Tina will be a key contributor, with Sarah Carroll and Mary Savage, to a Write By The Sea panel...

Are you a writer in need of publication?

One of the most common questions asked by our current crop of new writers is “How do I get my work published?” But fret no more! Write By the Sea 2018 will offer you considerable help in finding the answer via two highly experienced contributors, Jo Unwin and Michael...


Yes, did you hear the one about Write By The Sea 2018 featuring three of the most enthralling storytellers around? The programme does indeed include Margaret Galvin, Pat Jordan and Brendan Power. Wexford-based storyteller Galvin will offer one of her compelling...

Are poor writing skills holding your business back?

If they are, you’ll be pleased to note we’ve added a special day for all business people who are discovering the increasing importance of accurate writing and a knowledge of the media to achieving their full business potential. So Friday, September 28, will be...


Write By the Sea Literary Festival 2018 took 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 the writers who made up this rich and varied programme. We are currently working on our programme for 2019. Details will be posted here as soon as they are available. In the meantime, make sure to save the date for our next festival: 27th-29th September 2019

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


 In keeping with Kilmore Quay’s maritime location and traditions, the general theme for our competition this year was Coastlines.


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.



Acclaimed painter Serena Caulfield exhibited a selection of her work that graphically reflected this year’s Write By The Sea theme of Coastlines. (2018)



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 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.