Literary and Spoken Word Events

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00

WHEN :    Saturday 23rd May, 12 - 5pm

WHERE :  Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Admission :  FREE

Custom poetry, typed to order while you wait.  Is there anything better than a fresh, crisp poem on a bright summer day?  Come by Saturday and put local poet Ted Voigt to work.

Ted Voigt has lived and written in Wicklow for 2 years.

Originally hailing from the New World, Ted has been writing poetry and short fiction for over ten years.

His latest work can be seen in the Wicklow Writers' newest anthology, The Long Stone and Other Treasures.


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 14:00


FREE comic production workshop with well known illustrator & author Alan Nolan

WHEN  : Saturday 23rd May, 2pm

WHERE : Festival marquee @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Free 1 hour workshop for children 8yrs +

Join Alan for a funfilled workshop which will include a short talk about comics, a drawing demo & the chance to try out your own skills & make a comic strip.

Alan Nolan is a comics writer, graphic designer, artist and co-creator of the horror series Sancho. He is the creator of Fintan’s Fifteen, The Big Break Detectives Casebook and the Murder Can Be Fatal mysteries. His latest book, Conor’s Caveman: The Amazing Adventures of Ogg, will be published in Autumn 2015.

Born in Dublin, he studied at the National College of Art and Design. He lives in Bray, County Wicklow, with his wife and three sons. Check out more news on Alan's website

Photo credit : Mark Harrison



Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 15:00


An audience with best selling author Darren Shan - reading with book signing afterwards.

WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd May, 3pm  (reading approx. 1 hour) 

WHERE  :  Abbey Room, Grand Hotel, Wicklow Town

FREE event

Darren Shan is the number-one bestselling author of the young adult series The Saga of Darren Shan, The Demonata and The Saga of Larten Crepsley, as well as the stand alone books, The Thin Executioner and Koyasan. Shan’s books are now on sale in 39 countries, in 31 different languages and have achieved children’s best-seller status worldwide. In total, they have sold over twenty-five million copies.
The 12-book Zom-B series launched in 2012. Zom-B Bride is the tenth book in this fast-paced story packed with twists, turns and Shan’s trademark horror.
Shan divides his time between his homes in Limerick and London.

Find out more on Darren's website here


Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 12:00


OPEN MIC POETRY ... A community poetry event in a garden setting

WHEN :     Sunday 24th May, 12pm - 1pm

WHERE :   Cosmic Garden @ An Tairseach Ecology Centre, Dominican Campus (see directions here )

FREE, all welcome

( Weather permitting ! )

Wicklow Writers will be joined by other writer's groups from around the area, along with visitors and lovers of literature attending the festival.
Tea, coffee, refreshments, hopefully sunshine, and a grand time for all !

In association with Wicklow Writers & An Tairseach Ecology Centre