In a new chapter to creative writing, Wexford town’s newest bookshop is urging customers to support local authors this Christmas, and consequently, Red Books in St Peter’s Square is highlighting nine new books from Wexford writers at a ‘Support Local’ event next Thursday night.
“Wexford is a cultural hub and deserves the same literary recognition as Dublin or Galway at this stage,” Wally O Neill, the proprietor of Red Books said. “We often don’t realise how good something is when it’s right under our noses and this is especially true when it comes to our local authors. That’s why we’re organising the ‘Support Local’ night. These writers deserve support.”
Eight local authors who have recently published new books are reading on the night. They are Noel Culleton, Daithi Kavanagh, Eamon Colfer, Emma Ennis, Des Kiely, Maleen Junge, Tom Logan and Jer Ennis. Also, in attendance will be the South Wexford MS group who recently published a yoga for MS book.
“There’s a huge interest in writing in Wexford and a lot of young locally based authors are inspired by the likes of Billy Roche and John Banville to take up the pen. We have two writers’ groups operating out of the bookshop with two more planned to start after Christmas. At least half of the members are writing books,” concluded Mr O’Neill.
The ‘Support Local’ event takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday, December 5th in Red Books in St Peter’s Square in Wexford town. Mr O’Neill was keen to point out that all of the books being showcased on the night are new, locally produced and would make great stocking fillers.