Friday, May 22, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival Online

Trim Poetry Festival Online

Trim Poetry Festival was postponed in March and because it seems very unlikely that there will be an opportunity to hold it later this year we have decided to hold an online version over the week-end of 5-7 June. It will be held as a Facebook event and also published on this blog

Here is the programme. More details soon. 

Friday 5 June 

6pm Welcome by Noel French, chair of Trim Municipal District and Boyne Writers Group chair, Michael Farry 
Launch of Boyne Berries 27 by editor Orla Fay. 
Readings by a number of contributors to Boyne Berries 27. 

Saturday 6 June 10am 

Online workshop by festival poet-in-residence Anne Tannam. 
This is free but places are limited. More details and booking facility here.
This course is now filled. See the clinic details below which also include
 an email address should you wish to inquire about other
 Anne Tannam workshops.

1pm Readings by members of local writers groups including 

Frank Murphy of Meath Writers Circle, Polly Richardson and members
of the Bull’s Arse group, Navan and members of LitLab,
the Cavan/Meath Writers Group. 

3pm Trim Poetry Competition 2020. 

Introduction by judge Orla Fay. Readings by the winner,
the runners up and the shortlisted poets. 
See results already published in the
Trim Poetry Competition Results 2020 page.

Sunday 7 June 

11am "Tips on How to Sustain a Flourishing Writing Practice"
- Clinic by Anne Tannam.  During this clinic, 
which will take the form of a pre-recorded video,
Anne will explore ways to help poets to sustain their writing practice.
Poets, if you’ve any questions about your poetry practice
that you want to ask Anne, just email her on 
before May 24th, and she’ll include the answers in her clinic.

4pm Poetry Reading by Anne Tannam. 
Launch of Michael Farry’s new poetry collection, “Troubles” by Anne Tannam.
Welcome by the publisher Dominic Taylor. 
Reading from the collection by the author. 

6pm Some poet friends who have had long associations with Boyne Berries

including Carolyne Van Der Meer, Kate Dempsey and Maurice Devitt,
read their poems from the recently published Boyne Berries - The Covid Issue.

8pm Open Mic on Zoom. Rachel Coventry, the MC,

will open this fifteen minutes before start
and people can register to read on a first come basis.
Five minutes each. More details here closer to the time.

The above info is from the and all the real details are there. Pay a visit please!

Frank Murphy.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Boyne Berries 28 ~ The Covid Issue!

Boyne Berries 28 ~  The Covid Issue!

Cover Image by Rory O' Sullivan

To a theme of - There Will Be Time - The Boyne Writers Group have created a special digital issue of their literary magazine "Boyne Berries". Formatted by Michael Farry and with a foreword by their editor Orla Fay this magazine can be downloaded from their blogsite link to the right. This special online issue was a free pdf created to mark Poetry Day Ireland 2020. Enjoy reading! 

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Corries, Ronnie's Tribute to Roy

Ronnie Browne's tribute to Roy Williamson. (1936 - 1990) The Corries were probably Scotland's most favourite folk group and considered as important to her heritage any of its great writers or scientists. Bold claim! I know. If you listen you'll hear a fair reference to one of our local musicians. Loaded by Iain40. 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Poet Eavan Boland Reads 'Quarantine'

Something for National Poetry Day and given the times we live in. This poems takes us back to an even darker time during the Irish Famine of the 1840's and is read here by the author Eavan Boland,  who died this week on Monday the 27th. She was born on September the 24th 1944. The video was loaded to youtube by PBS the American Public Broadcasting Service in March 2012.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus!

Original submissions are now being accepted for the second volume of POETRY in the TIME of CORONAVIRUS.
This will be a competition.

The top 100 poems will be published and the top prize award will be roundtrip air travel, hotel accommodations, and a weeklong pass to the West Cork Literary Festival in Ireland (July 2021)!
Please note the following rules regarding this contest:
1. The submission deadline is May 15, 2020.
2. All entries must be original and previously unpublished.
3. One submission per poet, please.
4. Each poem is limited to a character count of 2,020. That total includes the title, spaces, and paragraph breaks. No exceptions.
5. There is no mandated theme or subject matter for the contest; the only limitation is your creativity.
We look forward to receiving your submissions!
The first volume of POETRY in the TIME of CORONAVIRUS is available on Amazon.
Proceeds from sales of both poetry anthologies will continue to benefit to Partners in Health and Doctors Without Borders.

Info is from the Poetry Ireland Web Page. The Entry Box is located via a link on that page.

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The submission deadline for the poetry contest is May 15, 2020.
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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Will Ye Go, Lassie - Credo Vocal Ensemble

Got this link from Verona Pentony of The Meath Writers' Circle. Credo Vocal Ensemble are an acapella vocal ensemble from Trim in County Meath. Self-isolating during the current covid-19 pandemic. They would be grateful for any donation to their GoFundMe page where they are planning to provide care packages for the elderly of Trim who are cocooning, The video was loaded to youtube by Malcolm White. Nice one.

Friday, April 17, 2020

SiarScéal Festival 2020!

SiarScéal is a historical, literary community festival hosted annually in Roscommon Library. SiarScéal is inspired by the culture and heritage of county Roscommon and celebrates all artistic mediums, internationally through the Hanna Greally Literary Awards

The festival will take place over two dates: Friday 2nd October in Roscommon Library commencing at 11.00 until 12.30pm and Saturday 3rd October at the same venue starting at 10am. Featuring the Hanna Greally Literary Awards with an overall prize of €400 and two Highly Commended prizes of €100 each, commended will receive trophies, categories to include all writing disciplines. This year’s theme is ‘Western Reflections’. Closing date for entries will be Tuesday September 1th.
Beneath Western Skies Anthology, a compilation of the winning and trophy entrants which will be compiled and edited by Author/Poet Anni Wilton- Jones, writers included in the Anthology will be contacted in due course.

11.00 – 1.00PM (12.30pm McDonalds Refreshments)
Regional counties are represented by children from Leitrim’s Aughavas NS and Dromahair Library, Book Club. Bunnanaddan NS, Co. Sligo and locally Roscommon’s Castleplunkett NS. Beneath Western Skies Anthology will be Launched followed by the Hanna Greally Literary Awards on their Climate Change & Me themed for the junior workshops only. Roscommon County Council chairperson, will present the Literary Awards - trophies and certificates to the school children, and Readings. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup presentation will follow.


Officiated by the chairperson of Roscommon County Council, overall prize of €400 and two Highly Commended entries will receive €100 each, followed by trophies and Readings from the winning entries. Award Winning Poet Jessamine O’Connor is the adjudicator for this year’s competition and Guest poet.

2.00 – 4.30pm
With Jessamine O’Connor
Please text SiarScéal at 0861649756 for inclusion in the Reading List.

All submitted entries must be your own unpublished work
Entries are limited to three poems/prose/stories per person,
Entries submitted must be typed and titled
Entrant’s name/address/contact number/details and entry title must be written on a separate page
Not to appear on the same page of the poem
Entries will not be returned and the Judges’ decision is final
Festival organisers are not eligible for entry.
Entry into the competition implies acceptance of the competition rules and guidelines.

Competition entry fee €5 per entry and €10 for up to three entries. Please make cheques and postal orders payable to SiarScéal Festival Group, c/o Mary Butler, Executive Librarian, Roscommon County Council Library Services, Abbey Street, Roscommon, Ireland. You can also enter online. Please see our website for more information. closing date: All entries (postal or online) must be received on and before the 1st September 2020. All are welcome to attend the SiarScéal Library events. Further details can be obtained by contacting Gwen at CHY:20201056 from SiarScéal and Team.

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