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).

Vanessa also runs, the award winning national writing resources website and, with a background in event management, she has curated Waterford Writers Weekend, The Bram Stoker Festival, The Red Line Festival, Great Writing Great Places and Amazon’s ‘How to Get Published’ Live streamed conference.

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



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