Waterford welcomes writers’ weekend

Some of the country’s top authors will descend on Waterford City next month to impart their knowledge and stories.

The programme for the fourth annual Waterford Writers’ Weekend festival was launched in the City yesterday.

Award-winning authors such as Jimmy Magee,Ferdia MacAnna, Kate Kerrigan, Hazel Gaynor, Anna Carey, and Dave Duggan will appear.

In all, 32 authors, journalists, and bloggers will host readings, writing workshops, debates, and discussions for readers, novices, and children.

Launching this year’s programme, festival director Katherine Collins said the event had “grown enormously” over the last few years and there were “full houses every year”.

Opening the festival on Mar 21 will be the Seán Dunne Young Writers’ Awards, a tribute to the work of the late poet aimed at encouraging aspiring young authors.

Novelist and dramatist Dave Duggan will talk on the Saturday of the festival about his theatre work, which has played in Ireland, New York, Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Afghanistan, and about having his work aired by the BBC and RTÉ.

RTÉ scriptwriter Kieran Grimes, writer and director Ferdia McAnna, RTÉ scriptwriter Clare Dowling and Blinder Film’s Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair will discuss the routes to a successful career in the area.

The finale of the festival is a free event at 6pm in Garter Lane Arts Centre.


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