Reading, writing, workshops and performances are all part of the 7th annual Wexford Literary Festival which was officially opened by Sinead Crowley, Arts and Media correspondent for RTE, at Enniscorthy Library this evening.
Jarlath Glynn, Executive Librarian, opened proceedings and explained that the literary festival grew out of a chat between two people after an event in the library and is now in its seventh year.
“As we all know the issue is not starting a literary festival, it’s keeping it going year after year,” said Mr Glynn, who added; “This is due to a hardworking committee and generous sponsorship and wexford County Council has been extremely supportive of this event.”
Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan spoke in praise of the literary festival and the many benefits it brings to the town. She supported the committee and those who keep the festival going and wished this current event every success.
Festival Chairman, Richie Cotter, that the festival “celebrates everything that is good about Wexford”, spoke about events happening over the four days of the festival, pointed out a few events that people dare miss, and urged everybody to “have a great time at this year’s Wexford Literary Festival.”
The festival was opened by RTE’s Sinead Crowley, herself the author of three crime novels, who began by explaining her Wexford connections and spending long hot summers going up and down to Marshalstown. She explained some of the joys of her job and given an opportunity to meet and interview writers and she fondly recalled a Wexford quartet – Colm Toibín, Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche and Carmel Harrington – as being amongst her favourites.
At the end of a short pleasant ceremony, Mr Cotter presented bouquets of flowers to Sinead Crowley, for performing the official opening ceremony, and to Liz Hore, who is leaving the position of District Manager after three years in the town.
Numerous events are happening across the town every day from Thursday to Sunday, July 4-7th, inclusive, and full details are available on www.wexfordliteraryfestival.com/2019 Line Up.