About ten people turned out for the first meeting of The Meath Writers' Circle for 2017 in the Trim Castle Hotel on Thursday night, which was small enough given the usual numbers. Much was discussed and the agenda had any number of items to be covered with the magazine taking precedence on the night given that hundreds have been sold to date and congratulations to everyone on that. A rest for a few months perhaps before deciding on the theme of next year's publication. A number of anniversaries in the coming year including the death of Francis Ledwidge in the first world war and it is also the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift who was vicar at Laracor church which is just outside Trim. Laracor churchyard is also the burial place of the poet F. R. Higgins and an annual commemoration ceremony takes place there every year with the laying of a wreath by the Scurlogstown Olympiad Group. So plenty of material to be considered. Edel Gillick of the Navan Writers and Junior Writers is holding a writing get together in the Newgrange Hotel in Navan next Saturday at 2.30 pm but more on that later in the week.