4th Annual Festival


Includes interviews with well-known, national and international writers and experts, experiential workshops, readings and talks. Come and enjoy drama, crime writing, short stories, story-telling, poetry, memoir writing, writing graphic novels and much, much more


Early Bird Offer: Weekend Ticket €80

Day Ticket €60

Weekend Ticket €90

Kevin Doyle Book Launch

Kevin Doyle, one of the amazing writers in this year's festival, is launching his new book 'A River of Bodies' on Thursday 25th July in Easons, St. Patrick Street Cork at 6.30pm. A River of Bodies is the much awaited sequel to his brilliant debut novel 'To Keep A Bird...

Spotlight on Kit de Waal

Kit de Waal is an award-winning writer whose novels place ordinary people at the centre of the story. Her debut novel,My Name is Leon(2016), was the winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, among others....

Spotlight on Dermot Bolger

One of Ireland’s best known writers, Dermot Bolger’s fourteen novels include The Journey Home,  Tanglewood, and The Lonely Sea and Sky, based on a famous wartime rescue by a tinty Wexford ship, the M V Kerlogue. His numerous plays include an adaption of...

Spotlight on Mike McCormack

Mike McCormack is currently writer-in-residence at Villanova University in the USA.  The author of the globally-acclaimed novel Solar Bones, he was elected to the Hennessy Hall of Fame this year. He was born in London to Mayo parents in 1965 but as a young boy elected...

Catherine Dunne

Winner of the 2018 Irish PEN Award for Contribution to Irish Literature, Catherine Dunne is the author of ten published novels. Her one work of non-fiction, An Unconsidered People,is a social history that explores the lives of Irish immigrants in London in the 1950’s....


Details of the fourth Write By The Sea 2019 Literary Festival, have been announced. With “Drawn To The Sea” as this year’s theme, the festival will takeplace in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford on Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29, after an opening reception on...


Early Bird Offer:
Weekend Ticket €80


Day Ticket €60

Weekend Ticket €90

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


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.

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