Having a poem in a publication such as 'The Stony Thursday Book is something of a milestone as it is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
The Stony Thursday book will be on sale from this week cost 10 euro
The Bard of Armagh
November looks like being a busy month because I am just after receiving word from John Makem that I am in the final of the Bard of Armagh contest. That takes place in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday 19th November. Maybe it will be third time lucky because I have been runner up on two previous occasions.
Then there is that reading in Drogheda on the 24th.
Having narrowly missed out in 2004 and 2005 the possibility of holding the Poet of Fingal and Bard of Armagh trophies at the same time is on again this year. The first leg of this illusive double is already up and there are only seven other poets between myself and it. Anyway looking forward to meeting John Makem , Frank Galligan. It's always a great occasion
Tipi couldn’t have known
What she was letting herself in for
The clans, the cliques the coteries
The outrageous behaviour
Assassins all, I say
And who’s for murder, she might have asked
As for promiscuity
And adult homosexual couplings
And the last thing
She would have thought was gang rape
Oh yes, it was all out there
Just a cliff away
In a Hitchcockian swirl
Of screaming gulls and guillemots
Messages of congratulation still coming in----