Sunday, March 1, 2015

RNLI Poetry Anthology!

RNLI Poetry Anthology!

Arklow/Google Images

The RNLI is inviting submissions for an upcoming poetry anthology on the theme of "The Sea" with a deadline of March the 15th for your material.. The anthology will feature poems from established and emerging writers from Ireland and further afield and will also feature photographs that capture the work undertaken by the brave men and women of the RNLI.. A team of published writers will select the poems that will feature in the anthology. It will be available for purchase in May of this year and all proceeds will go directly the RNLI. I came across this on the Emerging Writer blogsite which is always excellent for info on upcoming events. Link to the right! Submit your poems to thesea.rnli@gmail.com 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dublin Fusilliers





This is a fine song indeed from Johnny McEvoy and one I hadn't come across before. Johnny has been singing great ballads since the sixties and this one is up there with the best. Give a listen! With thanks to youtube and the person who loaded!



Note: The next meeting of The Meath Writers' Circle is on Thursday the 5th of March in the Trim Castle Hotel.!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Anniversaries 2015!

Anniversaries 2015!

Emily Lawless
From Google Images
There are any number of anniversaries just around the corner and 2015 makes it a hundred years since the landings at Gallipoli and also two hundred years since the Battle of Waterloo and with 1916 coming up next year, and any number of other ones I'm not familiar with, there's no shortage of things to remember. Wellington's family were from just up the road and a large part of his army was Irish, or so I have been told, and his sense of humour was certainly local while Napoleon had a fair number of them on his side and the horses were all Irish. Well maybe I exaggerate a bit. I wonder if the Turks had any on their side. Samuel Johnson remarked that, "the Irish are a fair people, they never speak well of one another" or something like that and I'd imagine it's because they manage to find themselves on both sides of any argument or in any war and it marks them perhaps or maybe. As Billy Joel sang in Goodnight Saigon "And who was wrong and who was right". Emily Lawless who was from a Unionist background and with connections to Dunsany, writing of The Wild Geese penned the following.

War-battered dogs are we
Fighters in every clime
Fillers of trench and of grave
Mockers be-mocked by time 
War-dogs hungry and grey
Gnawing a naked bone
Fighters in every clime
Every cause but our own.

That's Emily look her up sometime.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Trócaire/Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2015!

Trócaire/Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2015!

From Google Images

Poetry Ireland and Trócaire are inviting entries for their fourth All-Ireland Poetry Competition. The theme for this year's competition being "Feeling the Heat". The closing date for the competition is Friday the 13th of March and further info and details can be had at link: www.poetryireland.ie and also at: www.trocaire.org


You can download an entry form from the above sites and the competition is free to enter. The competition invites poets of all ages, from primary school through to adult, published and unpublished. Entries will be judged by Mary Shine Thompson, former dean of St Patrick's College Drumcondra. (Dublin City University), by poet Theo Dorgan, and by Trócaire's Trish Groves. The categories are for Adult (published and unpublished) Post-Primary Schools (junior and senior) and Primary (junior and senior). Winners will be notified no later than Friday the 8th of May.and there will be an awards ceremony on Wednesday the 27th of May in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Interesting prizes for winners and runners-up and highly commended in all categories but check out the links for rules and conditions of entry and entry forms and good luck! Minimum of three entries per person!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Listowel Writers' Week 2015!

Listowel Writers' Week 2015!

From Google Images

The Listowel Writers' Week runs from Wednesday the 27th of May to Sunday the 31st of May with a closing date for competitions of Friday the 2nd of March, which is pretty close. There are any number of competitions and I counted twelve in all, so sure to be something to suit the pen. Details on how to enter and prizes if you should be so lucky can be had at link: www.writersweek.ie 
Entries can be submitted online for those who are so inclined and that is I suppose just about everyone these days though I'm still at the envelope stage. Overseas cheques and postal orders not excepted! Entries can be sent by post and paid for by debit/credit card.Details also to be had at telephone no: 00353 (0) 68 21074 or info: info@writersweek.ie Do not send cash; check out the link and good luck!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Reflections of Time" Verona Pentony

"Reflections of Time" Verona Pentony

Verona Pentony

"Reflections of Time" is a beautifully produced book of poems and illustrations by Verona Pentony and is her second book to date, the other being "Reflections from the Heart" which was published in 2012. The poems and the odd short story here reflect on both her travels and her take on the everyday and her keen eye for the things that inspire. She grew up in North County Dublin and spent her summer holidays in Leitrim and she draws on these and her experiences abroad for many of the poems inside. Published by the Universal Publishing Group the book retails at €15 and Verona has her own website at:

A member of The Meath Writers' Circle Verona has visited and participated in many literary festivals throughout Ireland and has a keen interest in travel. Her previous career as a hotel manager has taken her from London to places as far away as Costa Rica.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Meath Writers' Circle February 2015!

The Meath Writers' Circle Feb 2015!


About fourteen people turned out for the first meeting of the year last Thursday night in the Trim Castle Hotel with great debate and poetry reading and arrangements to be made.. A children's writing competition is planned for later in the year and hopefully everything will be in place by the next meeting. Two members of the group had books published last year and both launches were a great success with something else in the pipeline with regard to one of them this Summer. Still gathering material for the 1916 celebrations and slow and steady as she goes. Will it all come together and what shape or shades will it reflect on. Could be interesting. Noel French of Trim Heritage has events planned for the anniversary and it would be nice to go for a launch around then. Those of you who haven't penned something yet, time to get the inkwells out. Finally a big thank you to everyone at the Trim Castle Hotel who have accommodated the Writers' Circle over the past number of years.