The Festival Directors



Bert Wright and Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin are two of Ireland’s top Literary Festival Programmers and have wide experience bringing the biggest names to events. From Patricia Cornwell to Jo Nesbo, they specialise in programming creative and exciting events for both readers and writers.


Bert Wright has been curating author events for almost 30 years, in the UK, the USA and Ireland.  He has served as events curator for Waterstone’s In Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, Boston and Chicago.  He has curated: The Harvard Square Book Festival, The Mountains to   Sea Festival , The Bram Stoker Festival, and The Red Line Festival. He currently curates   the long-running DLR Voices Reading Series in Dun Laoghaire and The Dublin Festival of History



Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin writes crime as best selling author Sam Blake (BonnierZaffre / Atlantic Books).

Vanessa also runs the award winning website, Europe’s biggest writing resources website. With a background in event management she has curated Waterford Writers Weekend, The Bram Stoker Festival, The Red Line Festival, Great Writing Great Places for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, plus Amazon’s ‘How to Get Published’ Live streamed conference, and she was the anchor and producer for Writers Web TV.

She has developed and executed concepts The National Emerging Writer Programme and Date with an Agent for the International Literature Festival Dublin.

Vanessa serves on the boards of both the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers Association.



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