Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Meath Library Service and the Meath Writer's Circle
invite you to come along to the Navan library on All ireland Poetry Day 7th October at 7pm and read your favourite poem
Tommy Murray and Tom French

Monday = only two days now since this event was advertised and already a number of poetry lovers have expressed interest. Looking forward to meeting some lapsed members, poets like Pat Duffy who no doubt will have something to say on the present state of the economy and of course all the usual suspects. The growing list of readers that have agreed to read include Frank Murphy. Sean Kane, Willie Hodgins, Paul Martin, James Linnane, Mick Sheils,

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Year So Far

May Meath Oral History with Maurice O'Keefe

June The Meath Anthology

July Swift Satire 3rd Prize

July The Battle of the Books Trophy( Noel Dempsey)

August Guest reader at the White House, Limerick

August Certificate of Merit ( Golden Pen Competition )

September Poet of Fingal Trophy and Certificate of Merit

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Side Show

Meath Books have added a slide show to the site which may be of benefit to those seeking inspiration. For a larger picture just left click on the scene of your choice. The theme will change from week to week. This weeks theme is nature.
These images have been used in the Junior classes with considerable success. where students are asked to write Haikus and Tankas and various exercises involving the images.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Events and Map

Meath Books have added an events guide and map which may be seen at the bottom of this page.
This will keep readers up to date with forthcoming events

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Meath Junior Writer's Group

Now that the Junior Group is meeting again and looking forward to having their book 'Paper Trails' hitting the shelves It seems such a long haul going over all those poetry forms again. We began with the Haiku on the first day back and next Saturday we will go on to the Tanka. Over the coming weeks we will deal with some of the basic forms such as Diamante, Cinquain, Yenga and
Arcostic before going on to the Villannelle, Sestina and Sijo. The Sigo is in fact my own favourite form and comes from Korea. An interesting but very short form is the Charita from the far east and is little more than a plot for a short story.
Clerhews are fun especially when directed at another member. The Sonnet especially the Shakespearean Sonnet is challenging but is mainly reserved for the older members of the group.
Over the years we had some bright members and it is still hard to forget young Niamh Birmingham
from Navan who when she left was able to write poetry in as many as 38 different forms

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Poet of Fingal

James F Linnane26 September 2010, 9:45 PM

A great piece Tommy ,winning streak has nothing on you this year.Well done James.

Absolutely delighted to win the 'Poet of Fingal ' trophy for the third time
The award was presented to me by Cllr. Ken Farrell at t ceremony in the Carnegie Court hotel last night I also received a certificate

Photo, Michael Farry

The Poet of FingalAine3:21 PM

Well done with this - a super poem!

It made me tingle as I read it. I enjoyed some of the images - words like raindrops on a windowpane, and in the 'tinder dry' days of Childhood.

FatalEden3:35 PM

An excellent read, I'm not surprised you won the title.

I especially loved the line "Conferences of black umbrellas"

Keep up the good work. :)

The poet of FingalMagser9:30 PM

Tommy. Congratulations. Lovely write. Loved the words "when the fair chance of clear skies and …". We always remember words - plucked from the mouths of youth - too wise at the time. Margaret

Gauntlet!iain65667:53 AM


"To run the gauntlet of hushed pavements" - truly sublime writing - well done!

Hi Tommy
Congrats on your win yet again! Swords Writers had a few shortlists and one of our members won the short story comp too.
Paddy Smith said...

Well done, Tommy. Well deserved. Congratulations from all in the Boyne Writers Group.


LotterySHERIFFYesterday, 1:19 PM

Well done Tommy. Great poem. We all have to go sometime. It's just as well we don't know when.

CheenoYesterday, 1:39 PM

This has so much depth and quality of substance - rich in connection between present and past, and how those in the past saw their present and future through the wise words of their loved one, now gone. Beautiful, stark language. :thumbs:
I would like to thank all those who have sent messages of congratulation, their words have not gone unnoticed
Tommy Murray Meath Books