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Colm Tóibín to take part in Rescheduled Write By The Sea 2020/21 from 24th to 26th September 2021

Acclaimed Writer Colm Tóibín for rescheduled Kilmore Quay Literary Festival 2020/21

(We have updated this blog following our festival rescheduling announcement)

The Write By The Sea Literary Festival  is delighted to announce that it will feature Colm Tóibín, one of Ireland’s greatest living writers, in the rescheduled programme for its fifth literary festival in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford, which runs from Friday, September 24 to Sunday 26, 2021.

Announcing Colm Tóibín’s participation in the 2020/21 festival, Chairperson, Lucy Moore said: “Colm’s writing touches a universal chord, and we are so delighted and honoured that he will be joining us at our fifth Write By The Sea Festival in September 2021 as part of two unique events. Full details of our programme will be announced on our website soon, and we are fully confident that our discerning audience will be captivated by our line-up of national and international writers and presenters.  The 2020/21 festival will be certainly be one to celebrate.”

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955, educated in CBS Enniscorthy, St Peter’s College, Wexford and U.C.D.  He is the author of nine novels, including Brooklyn and Nora Webster, and two collections of stories. He has been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize, and his play The Testament of Mary was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. He is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books and Mellon Professor of Humanities at Columbia University in New York. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Write By The Sea Literary Festival has previously hosted such major figures as John Banville, Jennifer Johnston, Dervla Murphy, Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Eleanor McEvoy, Billy Roche and Donal Ryan. So whether you are an avid reader, an aspiring writer or someone new to the richness of the Write By The Sea experience, Kilmore Quay will, yet again, be the place to be on the last weekend in September 2021.

The Write By The Sea 2020/21 committee wish to express their gratitude to Wexford County Council, The Arts Council and their sponsors for their continued support.

For further details and  to book your ticket, see or email

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