A writing masterclass on plot and structure

Sarah’s workshop will focus on core elements of plotting and structure with an emphasis on some of the key aspects of writing that lend energy, truth and momentum to the shaping and developing of a novel’s storyline. Filled with practical exercises, useful reflections and writerly knowhow, Sarah will share some of the plotting techniques and […]

Anne Griffin: When All Is Said

Anne Griffin is author of When All Is Said – a number 1 Irish best seller.  The winner of the John McGahern Award for Literature, Anne has also been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and the Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition. Anne's work has featured in, amongst others, The Irish Times […]

Sinéad Gleeson and Emilie Pine In conversation with Ailbhe Smyth

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor and freelance broadcaster. She is the editor of three short anthologies, including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, both of which won Best Irish Published Book at the Irish Book Awards. […]

Stephen James Smith plus special guest Tony Walsh

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views. Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in […]

Workshop – Memories into Memoir with Irene Graham

Learn how to trigger memories and set your memoir in motion with Irene Graham, Author of The Memoir Writing Workbook.  Learn innovative right-brain/left-brain writing techniques to help you dig deeper into story and write a compelling memoir. Throughout the workshop you will learn how to find the focus of your memoir, and what you need […]

Rosita Boland

Rosita Boland is Senior Features Writer with the Irish Times. She won Journalist of the Year in the 2018 Newsbrands Ireland Journalism Awards. She was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Her book of essays, Elsewhere; One Woman, One Rucksack, One Lifetime of Travel, was published by Doubleday […]

Sports Writing Extravanganza

Michael Moynihan chats to Kerry football legend Tomás Ó Sé, Cork City F.C.  stalwart Neal Horgan and Adrian Russell about their books and journalism. Neal Horgan played for Cork City FC from 2000 to 2014. He documented the financial troubles at the club in 2008 and 2009 in his best-selling books Death of a Football […]

Poetry Competition 2020

Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Poetry Awards. Poets are invited to submit poems up to a maximum of 30 […]


Short Story Competition 2020

Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Short Story Award. Writers are invited to submit a short story of up to […]