Words By Water – Kinsale Literary Festival

We are currently planning for our fourth annual festival, taking place later this year, from Thursday October 1st to Sunday October 4th.  The Kinsale Literary Festival is a weekend devoted to celebrating good writing and providing a feast of entertainment for readers.

Our 2020 programme will be announced in early summer and we look forward to welcoming readers, writers and poets to our town in the autumn.

As in previous years, our aim is to put together a festival programme to appeal to readers of all ages and interests, with events dedicated to everything from literary fiction to sport, poetry to the short story and much more in between.

We know many readers are also budding writers and there will be a number of workshops and other opportunities to learn included in the programme,

From the start we have sought to promote reading and storytelling for the next generation in our festival and that continues this year. We hope the events we are planning keep young minds engaged and leave them inspired. Until our 2020 events are announced, you can view our programmes from previous years to get a flavour of our festival.

See you in October!


COVID19 Update

Our plans for this years events post COVID19

In view of the extraordinary times in which we are all currently living, Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival will be a different experience this year. It is our fervent hope that we are able to bring a number of live events to our town on the first weekend in October.

But these will depend on the situation at the time and will be formalised closer to the dates. In the meantime we are going ahead with plans for extended competitions and online workshops. Please follow us on social media or check back here for updates.

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Past Events

05 Oct 2019

Stephen James Smith plus special guest Tony Walsh

The Trident Hotel
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
04 Oct 2019

Donal Ryan

The Methodist Church
All day

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This is the fourth year of Words By Water and our fledgling plans are being helped enormously by the support of Friends of the Festival.

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