By Dan Walsh
Great excitement in Red Books, St. Peter’s Square, Wexford, last night for the launch of the 4th edition of The Wexford Bohemian, excellently edited by Alanna Hammel, and featuring a large collection of new poems and original stories from about 50 contributors.
The launch was performed by the Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Maura Bell, who also wrote the foreward, and there was an overflowing attendance.
The launch featured beautiful performances from Martina Byrne, Deirdre McGarry, Maeve McCormack, Eire Ni Fhaolain, Daragh Fleming, Meritxell Grau-Butinyac, Alice Doyle, Ceri Quinn, Jimi Rivets, Margaret Galvin and Alanna Hammel.
However, the launch must not be allowed overshadow the 51st Wexford Book and Collectables Fair taking place in the Talbot Hotel, Wexford, on Sunday, from 11am to 5pm.
Organiser Kieran O’Brien (with Wally O’Neill) told WexfordLocal.com that the Wexford Book and Collectables Fair is “Ireland’s longest running independent book fair,” and he promises that Sunday’s event will be bigger and better with more dealers than ever before.
The event has always been a popular fringe event marking the final weekend of the Wexford Opera Festival.
Sunday in the Talbot Hotel will feature collectable, antiquarian and second-hand books, ephemera (sports and open event programmes etc.), banknotes, coins, curios, antiques and postcards.
As well as trading books, buying and selling, advice and information from a wide range of dealers from around the country will also be in place.