The Booklovers Guide!
Saturday 1st April at the Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford,

11 am – 1 pm. Admission €10.00

Wexford Book Festival is hosting a ‘novel’ event,  
‘The Booklovers’ Guide! - for book clubs, readers groups and other avid readers  from around the country. If you like to read books and talk about them read on!

Our event will kick off with coffee on arrival, before Kate Bateman, School of English & Drama UCD will introduce the topic “Read Rigorously - Read Well!”, a discussion of the aims and methods of reading, appreciating and analysing critically. After this, groups will have an opportunity to share their experiences, swap lists, talk about those books which caused most discussion in your group or that you just have to recommend to others - what about books the critics loved and you hated?

You choose the books you want to talk about; your recommendations will rouse others to agree, disagree, be even more enthusiastic than you, defend the indefensible - it will all depend on you!   

Why not bring some of your friends from your reading circle and join us for this fun and informative workshop.

To reserve your place please contact Dearbhla Ní Laighin, Wexford Library HQ, Ardcavan, Wexford. Tel: 053 9124922. email:

Make cheques payable to Wexford Chamber of Commerce.

‘Living the Dream and Dealing with the Fear’ 
Friday 31st April 10.00am – 2.00pm, ITCarlow – Wexford Campus

A workshop for writers of all abilities, particularly beginners with novelist Suzanne Power. She has written Lost Souls' Reunion, The Virgo Club and Love and the Monroes. She has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for BBC, RTE and UTV, Fleet Street and several magazines in Ireland.

Admission €10.00

‘Illustrationg Books - Unlocking the Secrets’ 
Saturday 1st April 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, Wexford Chamber, The Ballast Office.

Emma Byrne is a painter and grapic designer. Her work has been exhibited in Ireland, the UK, Liechtenstein and Germany. She studied at Limerick School of Art and Design, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.

She has worked in the publishing industry in London and Dublin for nine years. She currently designer with The O'Brien Press, Dubin. She won the IDI Promotional Literature Award in 2003 for her work on Brown Morning and a Bisto Merit Award for Illustration in 2005 for her work on Something Beginning with P.

Emma will talk for about an hour about book design and publishing with examples of her work. Following this Emma will give the people attending the workshop a cover to design. She will outline a brief for them and they will have 30 minutes to do some sketches. They will then pick one or two sketches to work up with typography etc (another 30minutes). After that Emma and the group will assess the final work. Emma will pick out the best 3 and work them up more fully on the computer.

Everyone attending the workshop will need some paper to sketch - A4 photocopier paper should be fine, and some colouring materials - dry, such as colouring pencils, crayons to work up the sketch.

Admission €20.00 Limited to 20 places.

Wexford Book Festival t: 053 91 22 226