Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Navan Writers' Group WW1 Commemoration!

Navan Library Event Tuesday 11/11/2014!

Stabannon churchyard / Co. Louth
The Navan Writers' Group with the Meath Junior Writers' Group are hosting a night of poetry, prose , drama and song at the Navan library on Tuesday the 11th of November at 6pm to commemorate the fallen in world war one while celebrating the peace of present day Ireland. The event will include a photographic exhibition by John Doyle and members of the Meath Arts Council.. A special guest from the War Museum in Collon will also attend with a presentation on the lives of those who fought or died in the conflict.. "An evening to remember lest we forget." Edel Gilick. All are welcome! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Anton McGowan & Paddy Allen

At the Knightsbrook


This is a short clip of Anton McGowan and Paddy Allen performing at the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim on Saturday the 11th of October last. One of a series of events to raise funds for the publication of a book of poetry by the late Felix Halton of Mullahoran County Cavan.      

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Felix Halton Poetry Book!

Fundraiser Knightsbrook Trim Saturday October 11th.

Bridie and Con Halton

A large crowd turned out at the above which was one of a series of events organised to raise funds for the publication of a book of poems by the late Felix Halton of Mullahoran County Cavan. Felix was a gifted traditional poet who committed most of his work to memory and the task of retrieving this from taped recordings and other sources was undertaken by Bridie Halton with the assistance of others in her family and an input from members of The Meath Writers' Circle. A host of performers turned up on the night including Gwen Bagnall, members of the Trim Singers, Matt Murphy of Wexford who kept everyone enthralled with his recitations and songs about hurling and included one by Felix, which he put to music. Also there, was champion Irish fiddler Anton McGowan who performed with Paddy Allen of Dunsany and not forgetting Michael Brady and Michael Hughes of Ballinalee County Longford. Jimmy Gray was on the keyboard and there were other singers and poets, the names I should have taken note of, but.... all in all that's how to put a show on. The book is almost ready to go for publication and a launch date to be announced! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Boyne Berries 16

Boyne Berries 16

Boyne Berries 16 does as it says in the intro mark the transition from one editor to another with slight modifications or changes to the layout of the magazine. Michael Farry who was editor and guided it through its first fifteen issues now  hands over to Orla Fay who opens with a fine introduction and short piece from A.E. George Russell (The Children of Lir). The cover and art work was designed by Rory O' Sullivan whose handwritten poems have been a feature of this magazine from the beginning and indeed to mention Greg Hastings whose covers and art work on the previous were outstanding. The magazine opens with an interesting poem by John Saunders -Spectre- which touches on almost all bases (almost) and is a great one to lead off on. The key pattern by Susan Connolly likewise. The prose contributions are now to the back of the book and again there's some interesting and thought provoking stuff here. Worth getting your hands on a copy and links to both Michael Farry and Orla Fay to the right, also to the Boyne Writers website. If you're in Trim the local bookshops are sure have a copy. Price €8. Finally congratulations are in order to Michael Farry who was the winner of this year's Dromineer Poetry Prize. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award 2014!

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award 2014!

The closing date for this one is the 5th of November so that gives you about fifteen to twenty days to get your entries in. This is the sixteenth international poetry award and there is a trophy plus cash prizes for the winner with the first three being entered in the Forward Prize UK. The winner will receive the Ledwidge plaque inscribed with his or her name and also a cash prize with cash prizes and books for both second and third places. Merit certificates for all finalists. In addition the winner will be invited to read at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 1915. 

Rules: Poems must be the competitor's own work and not previously published or broadcast and should not exceed 40 lines. €4 per poem or €10 for three. Maximum six poems (€20) payable to The Inchicore Ledwidge Society.

Send to: The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2014.
               C/O 20, Emmet Crescent. Inchicore Dublin 8.

The winner will be notified and results will be announced at the annual awards night. 
Enquiries to 085 849 7531. Also check out Facebook page Inchicore Ledwidge Society.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Meath Writers' Circle Oct 2014!

The Meath Writers' Circle Oct 2014!

About twelve people were in attendance for last week's meeting of the Meath Writers' Circle with some discussion on a future competition for schoolchildren and how best it might be realised, or such. Also an update on  the funds raised from the table quiz in Jack Quinn's and how best we might spend them. (Christmas Party!) After than it was poetry and a few stories before we adjourned, some to the festival in Bailieborough and others to a fundraiser in the Knightsbrook for the forthcoming launch of the poems of Felix Halton. (Both of them last night) And more on that to follow!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Table Quiz/ Jack Quinn's Scurlogstown!

Table Quiz/ Jack Quinn's Scurlogstown!

Some of the winning team?

The above were some of the winning team in the Meath Writers' Circle table quiz in Jack Quinn's last Thursday night (minus Sean) and some of the questions were really hard! Google proofed and vaulted the prizes were supplied by Verona Pentony and the Writers' Circle would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way or brought sandwiches or spots etc. The takings will go towards the Christmas party or some such thing and just a reminder there's a meeting on this Thursday in the Trim Castle Hotel at seven thirty.