Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scurlogstown Olympiad Testimonial 2014

Rosemary Swan/Michael Fitzsimons

Book Cover

The testimonial booklet above includes a number of fine tributes to both Rosematy and Michael for their contributions over the years to both Scurlogstown and the wider community and last Sunday night in the Knightsbrook  Hotel Trim a crowd of over two hundred turned out for what was a night of entertainment with presentations by Richie Farrelly on  behalf of Rosemary and likewise Pat Farrelly on behalf of Michael. Rosemary sadly passed away before the event but she would have been delighted with the turnout and that the Kilmessan choir of which she was an avid supporter were there to perform some of her favourite numbers. The booklet also includes a number of other tributes as well including the last piece written by John Wiseman before he died and there are also tributes to both Larry Daly and Tommy Murray. The painting on the cover is by the well known Kilmessan artist Micheál Ó Brien and there is a very old photograph or image on the back of Stella's Cottage out at Laracor. The booklet is priced at €5 euro and I'm sure available from any member of the committee. One for the bookshelves! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Motherlode/ Carolyne Van Der Meer

Motherlode/Carolyne Van Der Meer

Just finished reading through Carolyne Van Der Meer's collection of poems and essays on life or childhood experience in the German occupied Netherlands during world war two. It is a selection that draws on both her mother's experience and a number of others as well and is more often than not a child's eye view on what it must have been like and one she captures so well. Difficult to put down once you start reading and one poem or essay leads effortlessly to the next and explores just about every avenue or slant and while it is a journey through other people's memories it is also something of a going home. Interesting end piece on the complexity of belonging and while they say you can never go back and there's a poem or two out there on that...well we always do. Beautifully produced, information on the book from the Wilfred Laurier University Press. and available I would say from any good bookstore.
Also direct from Gazelle Book Services: tel 0044 (0) 1524 68765 
Email: priced at £16.99 sterling. ISBN 978-1-77112-005-0

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Vision" By James Byrne

"Vision" By James Byrne


Here is James Byrne reading his poem "Vision" at The Navan Shamrock Festival on Friday the 14th of March. Gemma Macey did a take on this a little further back and there are a number of other  videos by James on the blog and worth a listen. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Meath Writers' Circle/ April 2014!

The Meath Writers' Circle/ April 2014!

The Meath Writers' Circle/ Castle Hotel Trim

About thirteen people turned out for the April meeting of The Meath Writers' Circle last Thursday night with more than a few stories and poems read and some discussion on where to from here or what the next project should be. Nothing decided as yet for the group, though one member is compiling and gathering poems for a launch planned later in September of this year. Congratulations to James Linnane who has a book of poems already on sale and details of this can be found if you click on the link over on the right."Bookchat Corner". The book is titled "The Potless Generation" and sounds just about right for the times we live in. Yet to get my hands on a copy! Also to pick up a copy of  "Boyne Berries 15" and have started to read my way into "Motherlode" by Carolyne Van Der Meer. available from all good bookshops as they say and published by the Wilfred Laurier University Press. Link at and beautifully produced with photographs included. Will get back to all above in some order. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"The Hunchback in the Park" by Dylan Thomas (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

Here's an interesting one I came across on the "Emerging Writer Blog" and free it seems in this age of austerity. Responses are invited for the above poem by Dylan Thomas in poetry or prose-poem, prose, diary form, letter form etc, A limit of five poems and details to be had if you go to The closing date is midnight on Sunday the 27th of April and the postal address is Dylan Down The Ups, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive Uplands Swansea SA 2 ORA, Wales UK, for those who are so inclined! And hard copy looks so much better. Word attachments for electronic submissions with all info at above link. Details also on the Emerging Writer Blog link to the left. Good luck and with thanks to spoken verse for loading.

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Flashbacks" By Paul Martin

Paul Martin


Paul Martin has a number of other videos on this blog and contributes regularly to the "Deep Underground Poetry Site" Just type into Google. Must add a link myself across the way. Good listening!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Launch of Boyne Berries 15.

Launch of Boyne Berries 15

Michael Farry

Tomorrow night at the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim sees the launch of the latest issue of "Boyne Berries" and marks something of a transition with the stepping down of Michael Farry who has been its editor since 2007. Michael created the magazine back then and with the support and no doubt the input of other members of the group has watched it become one of the most successful literary magazines in the country. His writing has been widely published and his history publications have become source material for both television and other forms of media. A winner of numerous awards for his poetry his first collection "Asking For Directions" was published in 2012, and information on that and other books can be had by clicking on the links over to the right. No doubt moving on to other things he is handing over to Orla Fay who is another of the fine writers in the group and is sure to bring her own shapes and shades to the next and future issues. So congratulations to Michael on a job well done and to Orla on that editing desk. The start time is 8 pm and the magazine is on sale at €8 or perhaps less on the night. Can be purchased from the site and will be on sale in both Antonia's and the post office in Trim. So if you're in the south Meath area on Thursday night, sure to be a welcome!