Fantasy fans flock to Wexford for Ireland's Biggest Sci-Fi Fest

By Amy Lewis

Published 23/06/2015 | 00:00

Eoin Kelly, Eban Kinsella and Elara Kelly.
Eoin Kelly, Eban Kinsella and Elara Kelly.
At the opening of Wexworlds and launch of Eoin Colfer's book WARP in Wexford Library on Friday evening were Eoin Kelly, Eban Kinsella and Elara Kelly
At the opening of Wexworlds and launch of Eoin Colfer's book WARP in Wexford Library on Friday evening were sisters Ola and Anna Zwierzchowska

Fantasy fanatics gathered in great numbers for the launch of Wexworlds at Wexford Town Library last Friday.

The festival, which is Ireland's biggest science fiction and fantasy fiction festival, was opened by Wexford author and patron of the festival, Eoin Colfer.

Wexworlds coincided with the book launch of W.A.R.P. (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program), Eoin Colfer's third and final installment of his young adult sci-fi drama series.

'I would never mark an occasion like this anywhere but Wexford as there is no better way to launch a book than with all my family and friends around me in our spectacular library,' said the author prior to the launch.

In addition to the book launch, weekend events included a comic book workshop with Wexford-born Marvel & Transformers illustrator Nick Roche, a Star Trek Vs. Star Wars debate and a schools workshops with author and illustrator Oisín McGann.

This is the fourth year that the event took place in Wexford, which according to Colfer, was an idea born from the former Wexford Book Festival.

'Wexford punches above its weight in terms of sci-fi and fantasy,' says Colfer. 'We have a mini hub of writers and artists here that are known throughout the country and even the world.'

This year saw hundreds of science fiction fans visit Wexford for the event, which ended with a special guest panel with Eoin Colfer, Nick Roche and Ben Hennessy.

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