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And the winners are…..

And the winners are…..

We are delighted to announce that the winners of our Write By The Sea Literary Festival Writing Competition 2021 are: Short Story and Overall Winner Neil Tully  - Number 27 Poem Marian Murphy - Harvest Memoir Maureen Gallagher -  The Polly Doll...

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Lucy Moore interview with The Nerve Podcast

Lucy Moore interview with The Nerve Podcast

In this episode, Dr Jenny O’Connor speaks to Lucy Moore of the Write by the Sea Festival which takes place in Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford. This year, the festival remains online and will host the likes of Douglas Kennedy, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Colm...

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Dear Festival friends,

 We are looking forward to seeing you at our next Write By The Sea Literary Festival which will take place from September 23rd-25th 2022. Save the dates in your diary now. Come and enjoy workshops on many literary genres as well as conversations and interviews with some of our most celebrated writers and much, much more. We look forward to seeing you in person, if restrictions allow, in September 2022 and to giving you a personal experience of a great Kilmore Quay weekend. We will be posting details of our programme here nearer the time.

 This year, Write By The Sea Literary Festival 2021 took place from 22nd to 26th September. The  festival was fully online, featuring an exciting and stimulating array of online events. We had an amazing line-up of national and international writers who delivered an exciting programme of interviews, experiential workshops, readings and talks with you. Take a look at our 2021 programme to find out more about the writers who made up this rich and varied programme. Thank you to all who participated. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.


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.


Our rescheduled 2020 national and international writers will be here to celebrate an exciting programme of interviews, experiential workshops, readings and talks with you.

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The next festival takes place from September 23rd-25th 2022. Save the dates in your diary now. We look forward to seeing you in Kilmore Quay in 2022.

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Congratulations to our 2020 competition winners,  announced by Colm Tóibín at our Festival edition of Room to Write. The overall winner was announced on October 21st 2020 at a special online ceremony.

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Room to Write

Room to Write

Write by the Sea is adapting to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and our Room to Write series has become the Zoom Room to Write series online.

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Festival Venue

In the heart of Kilmore Quay, the Stella Maris Centre  hosts the annual Write By the Sea Literary Festival and monthly Room to Write meeting.

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Where to Stay

Only twenty-five minutes from Rosslare Europort & Wexford town, this corner of South County Wexford is a tranquil getaway with plenty of local accommodation options to choose from.

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About Us

A key event in the Autumn literary calendar, Write By The Sea has become the place to be on the last weekend of September every year.

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Kilmore Quay

Write By The Sea is a literary festival set in the intimate fishing village of Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford.

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