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Waterford City and County Council is pleased to announce details of Waterford Writers Weekend 2023 which takes place from October 26th to October 29th.


Dedicated to writers and those who love the work of writers, the weekend will feature a jam-packed programme with a broad and engaging range of events and workshops to suit all ages and all genres. This year, the festival also includes a programme of events in Dungarvan.

Kicking off the weekend’s programme is a school-event in Carrickphierish Library, an author reading of ‘Kevin’s in a Mood’, by Sarah Bowie.  For avid young readers, the weekend features a plenty of fun and engaging events including the ‘Book Doctor’ consultation, an art and singing workshop, and a reading of ‘Chirp’ by Mary Murphy in a relaxed environment for people with sensory and communication disorders.

The literary journey continues through the weekend with the launch of the Tramore Writers Booklet, a reading by Wayne Power from his third poetry collection, ‘Only when I’m Dancing, can I feel this free’.  The West Waterford programme in Dungarvan includes Ceardlanna Cuimhní Fileata with Áine Uí Fhoghlú and Mór Artist Collective exhibition, a showcase of artistic talent across East Cork and West Waterford.

Immerse yourself in the launch of Waxed Lemon literary journal, a Speakeasy Open Mic event incorporating the announcement of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2023, poetry and writing workshops with Colm Keegan, Lani O’ Hanlon, Louise Bradley, Joanne McCarthy, and Patrick Holloway.  Whet your appetite with a poetry jam with Luke Morgan and Molly Twomey, join authors Alice Kinsella and Donal Ryan in conversation, or the get to the launch of Edward Denniston’s latest publication ‘Texts for a Civil War.”

Festival Curator, Eimear Cheasty said, “We’re delighted with the calibre of the poets, authors and artists featuring throughout the weekend.

“The festival is sure to have something for everyone.  Whether you’re an established or aspiring writer, poet, artist, or someone who simply loves to lose yourself in a good book, the weekend will feature twenty free and ticketed events in nine venues across the city and county.”

Eimear added, “Continuing our work with Waterford City and County Council’s Arts Office and Library Services, we are confident that the Waterford Writers Weekend is a ‘must’ on the artistic calendar.”

For a full programme and booking details of Waterford Writers Weekend 2023 visit  


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