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2017 Words by Water

Jane Austen Ball in Ballinacurra House

Review: "As I live in Meath I only caught the Jane Austen Ball. Lovely venue, great company and food. Dramatic readings worked well"

A snapshot of 2017 festival

"Thank you so much for a wonderful experience at this year's festival. It was one of the warmest and most engaging audiences I have ever read to. It was a really memorable event. I'm sure the festival is going to go from strength to strength. Thank you for looking after me."

Paul Howard aka Ross O'Carroll Kelly

"I very much enjoyed my trip to Kinsale, to read at Kinsale Literary Festival. My reading was held in a hairdressing salon - an inspired choice of venue. This worked very well, it was an intimate reading it must be said. The organisers could not do enough for me. It's certainly a festival I would return to, if invited."

Rita Ann Higgins, Poet

"Kinsale is the ideal venue for a literary festival. The potential audience reach is international and therefor gives writers perfect access to readers beyond their own smaller markets. I think it is a vital festival to get behind and build. Aside from that, it is such a lovely town to be celebrating literature in."

Carol Drinkwater

"My experience of Words by Water was positive from start to finish. The team did a wonderful job. My event was in a lovely venue, and due to great publicity and marketing, was booked out from an early stage. I could not ask for more from a festival."

Judi Curtin, Children's author


"It was an honour and a pleasure to be part of the first Words by Water Festival. I'm chuffed I was part of it and I will continue to sing your praises to all who will listen. Be very proud of what you all achieved - you knocked it out of the park. Delighted for you all."

Cat Hogan

"Words by Water is a serious festival - serious in its intent, in its committed community input through schools workshops, and in its audience who have a long tradition of supporting and engaging with the arts in Kinsale"

Mary Morrissy