10 Aug 2022

Leading Irish authors set for Waterford Writer’s Weekend

It forms part of the Imagine Arts Festival

The Waterford Writer’s Weekend, which forms a major element of the 17th annual Imagine Arts Festival, taking place in Waterford City from the 18th – 28th,  is set to welcome some of Ireland’s leading literary luminaries.

From readings to author interviews; to book launches and even a ‘What a complete Aisling’ table quiz hosted by the book’s authors; Lit panels, children’s readings, a silent reading party, poetry events and writing workshops the weekend offers a variety of over 20 unique events.

Getting things off to a start on Friday, October 26th is a series of children's events at the Central Library in Waterford City with Dave Ruddin and Graham Tugwell. Later in the afternoon The Irish Times Book Club Podcast will be live with Martin Doyle and Helen Cullen and co-authors of the number one bestseller, ‘Oh My God, What a complete Aisling’ and its follow up ‘The Importance of being Aisling’ Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght will host a table quiz dubbed ‘the ultimate Aisling meet up’!

A variety of writing workshops all under differing themes will also on offer throughout the weekend with Sinead Gleeson, Jessica Traynor, Jane Casey and Derek Flynn.

On Saturday, October 27th a poetry event with Sarah Clancy, Elaine Feeney, Alice Kinsella, Erin Fornoff & Jessica Traynor titled ‘Reeling From the Year’ will be on offer at Downes Bar.

On Saturday evening curator of the Waterford Writer’s Weekend broadcaster, Rick O’Shea will interview author Sarah Winman. And taking Saturday evening to a close is ‘Don't Piss off the Fairies’  a night of Fairytales and Folklore and all the secrets of the wild the wind of Banshees and Pookas is set to take place at The Munster Bar.

On Sunday at noon, ‘Books Beards and Begrudgery’ will see Shaun Bythell Interviewed By Bob Johnson. Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. Bob Johnston is the owner of The Gutter Bookshop in Dublin’s Temple Bar and Dalkey. He was awarded ‘Independent Bookshop of the Year UK and Ireland’ in 2017 and ‘Irish Bookseller of the Year’ in 2016.

On Sunday afternoon author Aidan Comerford, author and Dr Harry Barry and author and food writer Aoife McElwain will host a free event discussing ‘How To Mind Your Mind And Body’ at The Book Centre in Waterford City.

And taking the Waterford Writer’s Weekend 2018 to a close on Sunday evening is an event which will see Rick O’Shea interview Cecelia Ahern and John Boyne together in a rare opportunity to enjoy insights from two of Ireland’s best-selling authors.

Free events at the Waterford Writer’s Weekend include The New Starts of Irish Writing with Caoilinn Hughes, John Connell & June Caldwell; The Lit Talks, The Future of Writing - Moderator Sarah Maria Griffin and Sean Dunne, a Silent Reading Party Event where bookworms are invited to enjoy coffee, cake and complete silence to get stuck in to a book for an hour. For further details on all Waterford Writer’s Weekend events and for tickets see

The 10-day Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford, which takes place from October 18th to October 28th promises an exceptional programme for everyone to enjoy. The 2018 festival is an exciting multi-disciplinary series of events that promote the best of local arts mixed with top national and international work. Some festival highlights include the John Dwyer Trad Weekend, the inimitable Spraoi’s latest production ‘Wicked Woods’; Stomptown Brass’ ‘Requiem for Truth’ featuring a raucous New Orleans style jazz funeral and Waterford Youth Arts’ ‘Horribly Historical Trails – both of which take place amidst the narrow back streets of the medieval City.

A rare live recording of RTE’s Sunday Miscellany which celebrates 50 years this year; ‘Terakaft’ a Tuareg Rock Band from Mali; ‘Meeting Mr Ruckle – a retrospective exhibition of the work of American Artist Ernest Ruckle who resided in Waterford from the 1980’s until his recent death; David McSavage’s new show ‘A Terrible Want’ and a Mayoral reception for esteemed Irish filmmaker and Waterford native George Morrison featuring screenings of his movies including the powerful and iconic ‘Mise Eire’ plus the biggest flour fight to ever take place as clans of Vikings and festival-goers prepare for ‘Blaa-Mageddon’ plus lots more.

The Imagine Arts festival is packed with over 130 acts & performances for all tastes and ages, join in the fun this October in Waterford from the 18th to 28th – see  

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