Tommy Murray of The Meath Writers' Circle will be the guest reader at The White House Venue in Limerick this weekend, where he will read from his collection "Counting Stained Glass Windows". Published by Lapwing of Belfast it is now in it's second edition and is, as they say, available in all good bookshops or from the author himself. On the home front James Linnane had his second outing at The Steps Public House in Trim. Not just a writer, James is a dab hand at the old stand up routine and can sing a bit as well. I tried out a few poems, but as John Lennon used to say " You know it aint easy!" Speaking of John Lennon, if you go over to the "Emerging Writer" website ,there's information about a poetry contest in Liverpool, and it's Free! Just click on the link opposite. Michael Farry of The Boyne Writers' Group picked up a Highly Commended cert for himself in The iYeats Poetry competition in Sligo a few days back, which is actually his own neck of the woods, and if I'm not mistaken, no less a personage than the great Leonard Cohen will be playing at Lissadell House this weekend. Did I read somewhere that he's to visit a certain graveyard?
The light of evening, Lissadell
Great windows open to the south.
Two girls in silk kimonos
Both beautiful, one a gazelle.
W. B. Yeats.
Photo: Balloon landing outside Kilmessan Village Co. Meath late evening.