WexWorlds Ireland’s biggest Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction Festival programme has been launched.
The WexWorld’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction Festival takes place across Wexford town from November 25 to 27. Highlights of the festival programme include ‘Talks for schoolchildren’ with Eoin Colfer, ‘How to Navigate the Night Sky with Astronomy Ireland an ‘Awesome Comic Book workshop’ with Irish Comic News Best Mainstream Artist award winner Nick Roche and a ‘Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction Bazaar’ a ‘Star Wars’ Craft Quest, Space Toys Worksop and Lego workshops with Lego Ambassador James Shields as well as Caca Milis Wexworlds Cabaret and Cos Play Teen Disco.
Patron of the festival, Award winning author and Wexford native Eoin Colfer said, “I am delighted to launch the 2011 WexWorld’s SciFi and Fantasy Fiction Programme, the programme features events for fans of the mystical and magical young and old. I’m delighted to be hosting a reading for schoolchildren on Artemis Fowl and I’d like to welcome fellow authors Alex Scarrow, Peadar O’Guilin and Ian McDonald to the festival.”
Readings and talks from some of the world’s most acclaimed Science Fiction writers will take place throughout the festival weekend including a talk with Author Ian McDonald on November 26, Ian will read excerpts from his fiction novels ‘River of Gods’, Brasyl and Chaga Saga.
Alex Scarrow author, graphic artist and computer games designer will host a reading and book signing; he will talk about his books and life creating his ‘Time Riders’ series which includes over 9 books in total.
Readings and workshops will also be hosted by Irish authors Peadar O’Guilin ‘The Inferior’ and Wexford native Eoin Colfer who will host a reading from his own collection of works including Artemis Fowl series.
For mini Star Wars enthusiasts Artist Orla Bates will host a workshop to create the coolest Star Wars projects the galaxy has ever seen including a ‘Chewbacca sock puppet’ Jabba the Hutt toy, Yoda finger puppet a more of the favourite characters. Bui Bolg – internationally acclaimed street performance company will host workshops for making Wands and Wizard costumes and Space toys and Pop up Monsters.
Commenting on the Festival one of the organisers Elizabeth Whyte of Wexford Arts Centre said “We are delighted to launch what is a fantastical festival programme, the weekend is a mecca for SciFi and Fantasy Fiction enthusiasts with activities and workshops for the young and the not so young. The interest in SciFi and Fantasy Fiction across Ireland is growing at a phenomenal rate, this is the third year of the festival and is the biggest and best programme to date we are expecting in excess of 3,000 SciFi and Fantasy Fiction fans to descend on Wexford town during the weekend to enjoy the festival events.”
Tara Kerry of Failte Ireland said, “This festival is very unique, it’s the biggest Science and Fantasy Fiction Festival in Ireland; these types of festivals attract huge numbers of fans and it will offer real boost to Wexford town for the close of the 2011 calendar.”