Busy weekend at Wexford literary Festival

By Dan Walsh

The Wexford Literary Arts Festival is taking place over the weekend in Enniscorthy and Wexford town with a number of events occupying a busy programme.

A number of events happened on Friday with Margaret Galvin providing poetry workshops and the 2022 Wexford Literary Arts Festival Awards Night was held in the Presentation Art Centre on Friday night.

Congratulations were expressed to everyone who entered the competitions, were longlisted and shortlisted, and for those whose entry was placed in the top three, as follows:

Eoin Colfer International Short Children’s Story Award

Marie Day, of Wales, Winner for the story Monsters In The Snow.

Billy Roche International Short Play Award

First place: Megan O’Malley, of Wexford, for the play Unforgettable.

Second Place: Alice Lynch, of Cavan, for the play The Girls.

Third Place: Eamonn Dolan, of Waterford, for the play Aunty Maggies Remedy.

Anthony Cronin International Short Poem Award

First Place: Angela Patten, from Ireland living in Vermont USA, for the poem Shine.

Second Place: Derek Sellen, of Kent, England, for the poem G is for Grey.

Third Place: Liz Bryne, from Dublin living in Greater Manchester, England for the poem I Long To Lift A Saxophone.

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award

First place: David Butler, of Bray, Wicklow, for the story The Witch.

Second Place: Gráinne Daly, of Tallaght, Dublin, for the story Little Jerome.

Third Place: Fergal O’Byrne from Ireland living in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the story Sweetpea.

Sponsorship of these Awards is from Wexford County Council who has been a fabulous supporter for ten years, and from the entry fees from the competitors.

Book launches were the order of the day yesterday (Saturday). Derville Murphy launched her latest book in the Book Centre, Wexford, and the Underground Women’s book launch with Red Books by Deirdre McGarry took place at the same venue on South Main St., Wexford.

The festival continues today (Sunday).

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