The internationally-celebrated travel writer Dervla Murphy has been confirmed for the second Write By The Sea 2017 Literary Festival set to take place in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford from Saturday, September 30, to Sunday, October 1, after an opening reception on Friday, September 29 at the Stella Maris Centre in Kilmore Quay.

Dervla murphy - Photographed in Battersea, London. September 2014
Dervla murphy – Photographed in Battersea, London. September 2014 by Tom Bunning.

Murphy, who lives in Lismore, Co Waterford, will be interviewed on the stage at the Stella Maris Centre by best-selling author Jackie Hayden at 4 pm on Saturday, September 30. The doyenne of travel writers has written over 20 books about her various adventures that began fifty years ago when she cycled from Dunkirk in France through the Middle East To Delphi in India. They will be joined by Belfast-based travel writer Geoff Hill who has circumnavigated the globe on his trusty motorcycle. 

Contributors to this year’s festival will include noted novelists Donal Ryan and Cat Hogan, poets Thomas McCarthy and Joe Neal, internationally-renowned playwright Billy Roche, travel writer Geoff Hill, Marcus Connaughton of RTE, Sarah Webb (children’s fiction author), John Curran (editor of the award-winning Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks), and novelist Peter Murphy, while Jackie Hayden will talk about music journalism. Other contributors are yet to be confirmed.

At least two of the writers will have new works published before the Festival, including Cat Hogan’s second novel There Was A Crooked Man, and Joe Neal’s fifth collection The Next Blue Note.

Write By The Sea 2017 will feature over 20 different events, from workshops to interviews and talks.  Full details of the programme and booking facilities are available on and tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for €28 for a day ticket or €45 for a week-end ticket. Early bird week-end tickets are available until Friday, June 30 for €40.

The Write By The Sea 2017 committee have expressed their gratitude to their sponsors and to Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre and the Arts Council for their generous support.

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