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.