Get­ting the recipe right at Kil­more’s Write By The Sea

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

FOOD for thought and seafood were both on the menu as the au­thor and mu­sic jour­nal­ist Jackie Hay­den of­fi­cially opened the re­sound­ingly suc­cess­ful Write By The Sea 2018 lit­er­ary fes­ti­val in Kil­more Quay.

Jackie men­tioned many con­nec­tions to the sea found in lit­er­a­ture from Synge to Hem­ing­way, in mu­sic from tra­di­tional songs to new re­leases such as Eleanor McEvoy’s ‘Har­bour’, and in po­etry from Dy­lan Thomas to the work of Wex­ford poet Joe Neal.

Fes­ti­val chair­per­son Lucy Moore de­scribed de­scribed as an ex­cel­lent week­end of pre­sen­ta­tions, ideas, fun and re­lax­ation in the com­pany of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple who all re­ceived a very spe­cial Kil­more wel­come.

‘It is im­por­tant to us that our au­di­ence and our writ­ers and fa­cil­i­ta­tors en­joy their in­volve­ment’, she said.

‘Sev­eral of our writ­ers in­clud­ing John Banville and Kit de Waal com­mented on the glow of pos­i­tive en­ergy that ra­di­ates from our fes­ti­val. Ev­ery­one who is in­volved con­trib­utes to this.’

‘Take the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and hon­esty of our writ­ers and the ded­i­ca­tion of a hard­work­ing com­mit­tee, mix it with the gen­er­soity of vol­un­teers, the friend­li­ness of our com­mu­nity and the enth­suiasm and open­ness of our at­ten­dees and add a sense of hu­mour and a can do at­ti­tude and you have the recipe for an event that is hugely en­joy­able’, said Lucy, one of the founders of the fes­ti­val which is now in its third year

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Jean Cul­li­nane said she was par­tic­u­lary moved by Eleanor McEvoy’s work­shop on mu­sic writ­ing.

‘We all joined in the last song with her and the at­mos­phere was elec­tric’, said Jeane, while Sylvia Ke­hoe en­joyed the ac­com­plished nov­el­ist and play­wright John MacKenna’s work­shop and in­ter­view.

Oth­ers en­joyed story-telling ses­sions which took place in the homes of lo­cal res­i­dents.

Richard Hayes and Séa­mus Ó Doil­lúin gave a fas­ci­na­tion pre­sen­ta­tion on the in­flu­ence of the Ir­ish lan­guage on how we speak and write English while Jen­nifer John­ston and Sheila Llewellyn’s dis­cus­sions with Jackie Hay­den gave the au­di­ence an in­sight into the hard work that goes into writ­ing a good book.

Michael Free­man and Jo Un­win gave a glimpse into the com­mer­cial side of lit­er­a­ture and what agents and pub­lish­ers are look­ing for from writ­ers.

The week­end of­fered a wide choice of gen­res and top­ics from Pos­i­tive Psy­chol­ogy to Crime Writ­ing, Start­ing to Write with Cat Ho­gan and Fiona Burke, a look at the Contemporary Ir­ish Novel with Derek Hand, writ­ing lo­cal his­tory with Liam Gaul and a play­writ­ing work­shop with Wex­ford’s Billy Roche.

‘We plan to of­fer an even more am­bi­tious pro­gramme next year’, said Lucy, thank­ing ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the fes­ti­val, es­pe­cially the spon­sors.

The Write By The Sea Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, from left, back – Elena Winch, Laura McG­lynn, John Mo­ran, Theresa Burke and Derek Burke; seated – Jean Cul­li­nane, Lucy Moore (chair­per­son), Sylvia Ke­hoe and Mary Byrne.

At the launch of Write By The Sea in The Stella Maris Cen­tre, Kil­more Quay, from left, back – au­thor and play­wright Billy Roche; Kath­leen Tier­ney, Bal­lycog­ley Play­ers; au­thor Fiona O’Rourke; Dr Richard Hayes, au­thor; Ruth Tim­mins, poet; Bren­dan Power, sto­ry­teller; and Michael Free­man, pub­lisher and au­thor. Seated – au­thor Kat Ho­gan, Lucy Moore, fes­ti­val chair­per­son; and Jackie Hay­den, au­thor, who launched the pro­gramme; and Martina Car­roll, poet.

Eileen Mor­ris­sey, Cllr Jim Moore and Jean Cul­li­nane.

Jar­lath Glynn, Dr Richard Hayes and Billy Roche.

Ann Dun­ni­gan and Caro­line Stevens Tay­lor.

Elizabeth Whyte and Rose­mary Hayes.

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