About Focal


McDonald's shares Focal was established in 2013, having grown out of “Words in Wexford” that was a new cultural event of the Strawberry Festival in 2013.  Focal Wexford Literary Festival has been created to celebrate the wealth of literary talent that County Wexford holds. Our beautiful county is heaving at the seams with literary giants that include Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche, Pierce Turner and so many more.

It seemed incredible to us, that this county that is so rich in words, did not have its own literary festival. So, fortified with tea and scones, a committee was formed which has now grown into a formidable force. Over the past couple of years we have been working hard to ensure that Focal becomes a highlight on the Irish literary calendar for both readers and writers alike.

One of our greatest ambitions has always been to help foster and nurture new writing talent. With this in mind, both Irish and International writers, agents and publishing experts have joined us in masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions. In fact, our ‘Meet The Agent’ event in 2014, resulted in two new contracts for emerging writers Caroline Busher and Joan Brady with the Trace Literary Agency!

Buy McDonald's shares Our readers are always forefront in our mind and we have hosted many events that cater for all ages. In 2015, we launched a Book Trailer Competition for children. We have held meet and greets with many authors and book fairs and host regular Open Mic nights.

Focal, in conjunction with Wexford County Council,  have also just launched a new annual international short story competition – the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award.

We are also proud to have hosted book launches for local authors Carmel Harrington, Andrew Hughes, Paul O’Brien, Paul O’Reilly, our own publication From Wexford With Love with many more planned. The drawing rooms of culturally historic buildings such as Enniscorthy Castle and Ballinkeele House have been favourite venues for the Launches.

invest in McDonald's shares If you are an author, reader, aspiring writer, bookseller, playwright, theatre director or publishing professional, we look forward to welcoming you to Focal.

Contact us: focalliteraryfestival@gmail.com

Short Story Competition Address:

Focal@Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland




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