Saturday, January 14, 2017

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2017!

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2017!

Waterford City and County Council's Arts office is currently accepting entries for the above competition with a closing date of Tuesday the 14th of March at 12 noon. Held annually since 1998 it celebrates the life of an author whose writing was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize and whose novel "Good Behaviour" (1981) became a publishing sensation. There is no entry fee for this competition and no restriction on subject matter, also no age limit. A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2017. 

Full details and entry form can be downloaded from:
Go to Documents - Appplications - Arts & Culture - Arts, Archives & Culture Forms.
Or by contacting the Arts Office on 058-41416

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Prole Laureate Poetry Competition!

Prole Laureate Poetry Competition!

Here's a competition that is nice and reasonable if you've overspent over the Christmas with an entry fee that is only £3 for the first entry and £2 for each subsequent poem. You can enter via the website and e-mail, which they prefer, or by post and cheque made payable to P. Robertson. Send your entries to: Brett Evans 15 Maes-y-Dre, Abergele, Conwy, LL227HW. The closing date is January the 31st and the winners will be announced in issue 22 of Prole in April coming and on their website by April the 20th. Open regarding style, content and length and quality is all. The first prize is £200 with publication in Prole 22 in April 2017 and on their website with 2 x runner up prizes of £50 and publication same as above. All work must be the original of the writer and unpublished. The judge is Macdara Woods. Came across this on the Emerging Writer website, link to the right.      Check out for full details.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Jonathan Swift Conference 2017!

Jonathan Swift Conference 2017!

There will be a conference to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift in Trinity College Dublin this year between the dates of 7-9 of June and I wonder if there will be anything of equal importance in this county given his connections to Laracor and Trim. Saggart in Dublin have their own very successful writing competition every year named in his honour and the Trim festival ran for a number of years with the Boyne Writers going off with the Battle of the Books trophy in the end though I always maintained it should have strictly adhered to the ancient and modern and where does knowledge reside anyway... who knows? I'm satired out, whimsy is a poor substitute for truth and the ways of the world. Anyway I'd say revive it and let the universities of Dublin or the local secondary schools debate the issues. The talent is certainly out there but let it be satire and it would make for an interesting event. The judges from the literary line..... go for it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Maria Edgeworth Literary Poetry Competition 2017!

Maria Edgeworth Literary Poetry Competition 2017!
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One to start the year with. The closing date for this one is the 24th of February and the judge for the competition is Professor Iggy McGovern,  Entries cost €5 with cheques made payable to: Edgeworth Literary Society or payment can be made online through Paypal. Usual rules apply but check them out on the website. Some very interesting material there on different members of the family with video and audio compilations from a number of sources. If my memory serves me well I think there's some connection between the family and the town of Navan in County Meath. Anyway the address to send your entries to is : Competition Secretary, Edgeworth Literary Society, Old School House, Ballymahon Road, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. Tel: 043 6671801.

Further info at Poetry Ireland Website: Link right.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hill of Tara Fly Report

Maybe just the mood I'm in. I came across this video on youtube and thought I'd load it for the New Year although it was recorded back in 2008. Michael Slavin runs a bookshop on The Hill of Tara and has written a number of books on the history of the place and if you haven't paid it a visit it is well worth the effort. The routing of the M3 motorway through the place was perhaps one of the great mistakes of the Celtic Tiger era as the complex itself extends far beyond its present boundaries and much of it has already been destroyed. With thanks to livestream who loaded (Bernard Evans) and youtube. How it is that Tara is not a world heritage site is beyond me but perhaps it would upset too many interests. Anyway happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"A Christmas Childhood" by Patrick Kavanagh; "The Wexford Carol" (HD)

Kavanagh's great poem, "A Christmas Childhood" is read here by Brian O' Donovan of WGBH and recorded at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston Massachusetts on December the 10th 2010. The "Wexford Carol" is sung by Christy O' Leary. With thanks to youtube and "Celtic Sojourn" who loaded.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Poem for Christmas!

A Poem for Christmas!

A Day in Dublin

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Downstairs in Busaras
They fumble for change
Mad concourse.
Halogen yellow signs
Blurring the announcements.
Outside the Luas
Glides quietly by.
Urban chic
Baltic blondes
Crossing against the lights
And the noise on
O' Connell Street,
The Spire 
A  blind eye.
Blending to indifference
The word on the street.
Prada, Gucci, and Jimmy
The hustle,
In the record store
They're playing Dylan
And damien O
Do you hear what I hear
Christmas carols.
On Stephen's Green
A man lies...

On a piece of cardboard
On the coldest day.

Frank Murphy

I wrote that poem maybe ten years ago, can't remember but it was in the middle of the Celtic Tiger sometime and people were just stepping over or around the man. Homelessness where people are forced to sleep on the streets was not acceptable then and it is not acceptable now. The right to housing needs to be written into our Constitution.