Words By Water – Kinsale Literary Festival

Like so many others, the team behind Words By Water, Kinsale’s Literary Festival, have sorely missed in-person events as we all stood firm and tackled Covid-19 by staying apart. Now that it will soon be once again possible to meet and share communal experiences, we are busy planning a full in-person programme of readings, discussions and other events for this year’s festival, taking place from Thursday, September 29th to Sunday, October 2nd.

In the meantime, we have two special events planned for May.

On May 15th, we are thrilled to be once again hosting Heartbreak Productions, who will be performing Awful Auntie, a play based on the book by David Walliams. This year the performance is taking place in the hall at Sáile, so no need to worry about rain dampening spirits on the day! The performance is suitable for ages 7+, who can look forward to a truly thrilling tale.

Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks all fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt and saves the family home.

Make sure you bring rugs or cushions to sit on, and a picnic, as the tale could take some time to tell, and storytelling can be hungry work!

On Friday, May 6th, we are hosting a table quiz fundraiser for our festival. We have enjoyed some brilliant nights at our previous quizzes in The Lord Kingsale and hope all our quizzers have been honing their general knowledge during lockdown – we’re not the only ones who watched hours and hours of The Chase, right?! Keep an eye on our social media for exact times, we look forward to seeing you for an evening of questions and answers, raffles and fun.

Co Cork


Competition Winners

Short story: 

Winner: Cadenza by Rachael Murray

2nd: Coercion Cake by Rhiannon Lewis

3rd: On Edge by David Butler

Judges comments:

General comment on the shortlist

There were so many well-written entertaining, heart-breaking and funny stories in the shortlist that it was very difficult to whittle it down to just three winners. In the end the winning stories were selected as they were both on theme and excellently written.

  1. Cadenza

This story is an original and imaginative take on one person’s experience of the post-covid world. Set in the near future, full of mystery and suspense from the outset, the slow release of information creates a reading experience that is both poignant and heart-warming.

  1. Coercion Cake

This is a witty, insightful story in which adult sibling rivalry is brought into focus through different approaches to socialising post-lockdown. The tension between characters is presented with humour using skilfully executed dialogue, internal monologue and vivid scene-setting.

  1. On Edge

 It takes great skill to deal with a difficult topic without talking about it directly. This story achieves this to a chilling result for the reader. The dialogue is fantastic and the tension builds brilliantly throughout the story right to the last line. 


Winner: Prelapsarian by Partridge Boswell

2nd: To the Barber of Labrraid Loingsech by Niamh Twomey

3rd: Rolling a Cigarette by Daniel Johnson

Irish Poetry

Winner: Cóisir an Taoisigh by Caitriona Lane

2nd: Lasair Choille by David Butler

3rd: Íomhánna an Iarthair by David Butler 

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all entrants 

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Today is the day of our play, yay! To everyone who has booked, don't forget to bring some rugs, cushions or blankets to sit on - see you at Sáile!If you haven't booked your tickets yet, there is still time. We have a limited number available on the door. If you are paying on the door, please bring cash as we have no card facilities. ... See MoreSee Less
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