Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Meath Writers' Circle Christmas Party 2016!

The Meath Writers Circle Christmas Party 2016/Photos!

The Christmas Tree Lights
Cllr Noel French, Seanan and Kathleen Miggin
Verona Pentony and Peggy Murphy
 Patrick Nolan, Sean Kane, Eugene Kane, Claire Kane and Bride Halton
Paul Martin, Willie G. Hodgins, Gabriel McDonnell and Carmel Murray
Tom Moore, Attracta Moore and Vera Tuite
Some photos from our Christmas Party in The Trim Castle Hotel last night.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Leaving Galway and Rainy Day Recordings!

"Leaving Galway" and "Rainy Day Recordings"

Last Saturday night in Jack Quinn's of Scurlogstown Trim saw the launch of James Linnane's, "Leaving Galway" and also the launch of his CD recordings made in the Porchfields during the Haymaking Festival. The first a collection of short stories on his life and adventures and the second a collection of poetry, prose and songs. Previous CDs cover the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. A link to James's blog, "Bookchat Corner" to the right for more info on both. "Leaving Galway" is available on Amazon and Ebay and the CD from any member of The Scurlogstown Olympiad Group, or if not they should be able to source you a copy. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Meath Writers' Circle/ December Meeting 2016!

The Meath Writers' Circle/December Meeting 2016!

The theme for the night was Christmas poems and stories and about eleven members turned out on what was one of the most wintry nights of the year. Driving conditions near to impossible in what you could only describe as pea souper fog! One of the best contributions though was a song on homelessness called, "Where are you now" about a young girl sleeping in a doorway and it amazes me looking back on the history of evictions and such that our government would tolerate such a thing, but the more it changes....  The song was an original piece. Other business on the night was given over to magazine sales, which I believe are now around the three hundred mark and still selling. The Christmas Party is on this Friday coming  and hopefully the weather holds out. Bring a poem or two or story or something musical or just yourself. Start time is 8 pm.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

North West Words Poetry Competition 2016!

North West Words Poetry Competition 2016!

This one from the Poetry Ireland website (link to the right) and something to focus the mind on coming up to Christmas. The closing date is December the 31st and the prize is open to anyone over the age of 18. Entries must not have been previously published, self published, broadcast, and/or won any competition. The maximum number of poems you can enter is three and postal entries should be sent to: North West Words Poetry Prize 2016, Upper Corkey, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Send your poems along with a cover letter with name, address and phone number and /or e-mail address, and title (s) of each poem submitted. Do not put your name or personal contact details on the poems. The competition fee of €5 per entry (up to three poems) goes towards the admin fees of the competition. Payment may be made by Cheque, Postal Order, Money Order or via PayPal on the website:

The judge for this year's competition is Kate Newman from Summer Palace Press. All decisions of the judge are final and a shortlist will be published on North West Words' Facebook page and at the North West Words' January event in Florence Food Company. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded at North West Words Event in Florence Food Company, Letterkenny, on Thursday the 23rd of February 2017, with the winning poet notified on the 16th of the month. Check for further details on the Poetry Ireland website competitions' page and also check out the website above and good luck.

Online entries should be attached in one document  and copied into the body of the e-mail and sent to: 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Withnail and I - Camberwell Carrot

It seems the sixties are still coming to an end. It's amazing to read some of the newspaper reports on the death of Fidel and although the Cuban revolution was a little before that and to put it in some sort of context and giving what surrounded them and came after, it was perhaps a better place to spend the next few decades than a few others I'd care to mention. Especially if you were sick and ailing. The fourth estate has now wandered off somewhere into the fifth and balanced reporting we do not have. There are no perfect societies and all have their failings, it just depends on where you measure them from. The high moral ground is neither left or right of anything you'll read this Sunday. I remember once meeting a Polish guy who made it safely through the "war" and in the end, he said the only thing you could do was laugh at it. In the above Danny talks politics. Enjoy. With thanks to sugarplumfairiie who loaded and youtube.

"They're selling hippie wigs in Woolworth's man. The greatest decade in the history of mankind is over and as presuming Ed here has so consistently pointed out, we have failed to paint it black".
                                                                                                                              Withnail and I.

Monday, November 21, 2016

√♥ So Long Marianne √ Leonard Cohen

I know I put this one up before but this is a great take on the song. With thanks to Dimitris Tsaganos Channel and youtube.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The 2017 Gregory O' Donoghue International Poetry Competition!

The 2017 Gregory O' Donoghue International Poetry Competition!

The deadline for this one is fast approaching (30th November 2016) but still times to get your poems in. The first prize is a generous €1000 with a week's residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in  the Southward Literary Journal. The Munster Literature Centre will cover travel for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival. Second prize is also a generous €500 with a third of €300 and ten runners-up who will have their poems published in Southward and receive a standard fee of €30. Check out for full details at : Here!
Also Poetry Ireland link to the right. And good luck!