|Dave Lordan, Laura Cleary and Colm Keegan|
The County Hall in Swords was the venue last night for the finals of the "Heart in Mouth/Audio Poetry Competition". This was sponsored by the good people of Fingal Libraries and attracted over 200 entries with first prize going to Laura Cleary for her poem "Note to a Mislaid Friend". Joint seconds went to Pauline Mooney for "I am FUS" and to Dimitra Xidous for "The Body, The Heart,The Thumb". The standard of these performance poets is really something and was complimented by brilliant performances from both Dave Lordan and Colm Keegan and of course not forgetting Máighréad Medbh who was outstanding to say the least. She is also a fine singer. Someone else who needs a mention here is Karl Parkinson and of course Lilian Whelan and others who facilitated the event. Brian Kirk who was on the shortlist will be familiar to many in this neck of the woods as will Sean Ruane who can be found on youtube "Poetry Live". yet to check that out! For the names who made the shortlist go to: Dave Lordan and also worth checking out is Máighréad Medbh . Yet to check out but will! Scary good these people. Finally delighted to get on the shortlist myself. Both Dave Lordan and Colm Keegan are regular contributors to RTE. More photos to follow!