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Twice the size – twice the books!

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Two hundred people attended the opening of a extension to a Red Books in Wexford's St Peter’s Square last Tuesday evening. Veteran bookseller Anton O’ Broin cut the ribbon on the new building, stating that readers and bookshops were alive and well in Wexford. “Our extension doubles the size of Red Books and increases our stock to a quarter of a million books,” Wally O’ Neill, the owner of Red Books, said. “It also affords us much needed space for book launches, writer groups and the many other events that happen around bookstores like ours.” Red Books began life in...

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The Wexford Bohemian Issue #3 Launches

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"For years I lived in places that didn't fit, suburbs, or remote rural outposts, but I found a berth, however transient or permanent, here in Wexford's republic of bohemia." - Peter Murphy                                Peter Murphy   Editor Alanna Hammel   Dean Bolger   Maybelle Wallis & Anne Ireton   Rory & Daithi Kavanagh   Nathan Goff  

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Bronagh 1st edition is a sell out

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A debut novel by young Wexford author AoifeRose O' Brien has become a sellout hit.  "Bronagh" is the story of a young woman who survives an act of sexual violence as a child and now her past tortures her present. At the recent launch of "Bronagh" in Wexford's Clayton Whites Hotel, AoifeRose recounted traumatic events in her own life which had led her to author this book.  She said, "You would think that the suffering at the hands of my abusers would have been the worse part, but it wasn't.  I was made feel as though I was a liar. ...

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Wexford Women Writing Undercover #2 launched in Wexford

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The second edition of Wexford Women Writing Undercover was launched in an interactive zoom performance last night.  The event was presided over by Undercover editor Deirdre McGarry and saw famed Wexford director Laura Way launch the edition. Performances were provided by Grace O' Reilly, Ellen Lordan Lohier, Lily Whyte Weaver, Madeline O' Rourke, Sadie Harpur, Mary Blackburn, Abigail Way, Alanna Hammel, Paula Malone Carty, Juliana Menezes, Saoirse Wadding-Hayes, Caroline Stevens-Taylor, Teresa O'Hara and Ursula Clarke. Wexford Women Writing Undercover was formed last March by Deirdre McGarry and Red Books Press, with the idea of providing a platform for talented women writers...

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Light Alchemy Book Launch

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Pippi Firman has created art all his life. As a child, he played in the mud of the Horse River, creating dams and building bridges. From sticks and stones, he progressed to stone masonry. He developed his painting through his work on wagons, carriages and steam engines. In mid 2020 he launched his first exhibition in the Wexford Arts Centre. The centerpiece was a series of portraits. Twenty faces looming from the shadows. Painted in fluid black brushstrokes. A whole range of emotions were expressed. Anguish. Contentment. Indifference. Torment. One portrait showed a man’s shocked face caught in the glow...

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