Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Boyne Berries 17

Boyne Berries 17


Tomorrow night in the Castle Arch in Trim sees the launch of the 17th issue of the literary magazine "Boyne Berries". Now edited by Orla Fay the magazine was first published back in the spring of 2007 with Michael Farry in the chair and has provided an output for literary talent that is both local and from as far away as North America and indeed every other continent as well. The Boyne Writers group has picked up any number of awards over the years and the launch of these magazines always draws a fair old crowd so you're sure of a welcome if you happen to be in the Trim area and you never know you might come up with a poem or two. The launch time is 8pm and Adriene Leavy does the honours. Much more info over on Michael Farry's Blog. Link to the right!  

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Poem for a Sunday!

A Poem for a Sunday!

A House of Cards
Old graveyard Kilmessan

Easy pieces
All crumpled
Where we'd played.
Beginner's luck
We'd traded on
Them folding
Into place.
And hand in hand
The gospel was
The symmetry
Of pairs.
We cut along
The avenues
Down pyramid
And square.
And played a lot
Of patience then.
The cards laid out
So neat.
Coins and cups
And wands and words.
Like gypsies in the street.
Our swords turned
Into ploughshares and
Then ploughshares
Into spades.
We came within
An ace of it.
It all stacked up
So well.
A knave on
Every corner.
Then story after
Story fell.

Frank Murphy.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2015

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2015


Here's an interesting one if you have any poems that are of a religious or spiritual bent. The entry criteria states that the poems should appeal to those who would not necessarily describe themselves as "religious" or such. They are looking for poems from a range of faith traditions as well as from those struggling to discover a sense of the sacred but welcome poems of all styles. They will be judged solely on their merits as poetry. The judge for 2015 is Kim Moore whose first collection "The Art of Falling" will be published by Seren in April 2015. Lots of prizes won as well! You need to download an entry form and send it along with your poems and entry fee to: Poetry Competition, Manchester Cathedral,Victoria Street, M3 ISX.

Prizes/ First: £450 Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year 2015
      Second: £250
         Third: £150
Winners and seven runners-up will be invited to read their poetry at the Manchester Literary Festival event in October. Info on the above also on Michael Farry's Blog a little further back. Link to the right: 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Poet Eavan Boland Reads 'Quarantine'





The poem chosen as "The Poem for Ireland" will be announced by President Michael D. Higgins in a special edition of The Works next Friday at 8.30 on RTE. Voting has now ended! The above poem is one of the finalists. My own favourite though would probably be "Dublin" by Louis MacNeice or failing that 1916 by William Butler Yeats but give the above a listen and see what you think. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Meath Writers' Circle/March 2015!

The Meath Writers' Circle/March 2015!



About eleven people turned out for last Thursday night's meeting of the Meath Writers' Circle in the Castle Hotel with one or two on other duties. Dates of the Children's writing contest not yet finalized but should be very soon. Some very good poems read and a great piece of prose from Sean Reilly and we even got a song or two. The next meeting is on Thursday the 2nd of April at 7.30 pm, so if you want to be entertained or have a short story (or long) or a poem you'd like to read why not drop in. More than welcome as they say.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Golden Pen/ Poetry Competition 2015!

The Golden Pen/ Poetry Competition 2015!

From Google Images

The Golden Pen Poetry Competition has a closing date of April the 1st and are inviting poems of no greater than 70 lines. The first prize for the competition is €1000 and with consolation prizes as well and the winning entry to be published in the Festival magazine. There is a junior section as well for primary schools with a first prize of €50 and no word limit. Fees for entry are €5 per poem senior and €3 for juniors. Send your entries to: The Golden Pen, Gurteen, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and for further info contact: John Corbett at
 corword@yahoo.com Also info on the Poetry Ireland website. Link to the right. Best to check out! Lots of locals have done well in this.