Monday, January 31, 2011

Welsh Poetry Competition - 2011

Welsh Poetry Competition - 2011

About the Competition

The Welsh Poetry Competition offers a chance for budding writers and published authors from all over the world to compete on an equal footing and be recognised for their work.

After four hugely successful years we are now offering in our 5th international competition:

1st Prize - £300

2nd Prize - £150

3rd Prize - £75

Judge – Sally Spedding

All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously so your creativity will be judged on its own merits. We do not use filter judges!

Further information can be found at our website:

Winners will be announced on our website and in the media after the closing date and when all entries have been judged.

Closing date is: Sunday 29th May 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Cavan Readings

About one hundred people gathered in the Delish Bistro in Cavan's Abbey Street for what turned out to be a wonderful evening of poetry and wine. For my own part it was one of the most memorable reading that I have been involved in for some time. Rebecca and Will were the perfect hostesses and I reckon they would have had a conversation with everyone attending before the night was over. Included in my reading were four poems about wine and mind you it is difficult to praise something that you don't really like.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Writer's Circle

Good to see a new Writer's Group coming on stream in county Meath With the formation of the Skryne/Rathfeigh Group we will be equal to County Longford in the number of groups we have.
I have been invited to talk to them which I intend to do at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime we wish them well.

Off to Cavan tonight for the Delish Reading. Hope it goes well

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Here is a little poem that I wrote between poems. It is called Typo


No point in blaming the fox

He just didn’t make it

It’s as simple as that

Unless of course .one of the dogs

Might have moved, inadvertently

In response to a nervous twitch, perhaps

So it isn’t really at all clear

Whether it was the fox or the dogs

That caused the mishap

Then there is the breed to be considered

And how many dogs there were

And what was the position of the stars at the time

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Digging up the Past

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Brit's, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story published in the New York Times: "American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 100 years earlier than the British".

One week later, the Irish Department of Agriculture reported the following:

"After digging as deep as 30 feet near Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, Mick O Connor, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely f--k all. Mick has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Ireland had already gone wireless."

Just makes you fierce proud to be Irish.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ciaran O' Driscoll

Revival Night’s Guest Poet is Ciaran O’Driscoll in the Whitehouse on Wed. 19th Jan. @ 9pm.

Ciaran O’Driscoll was born in Co. Kilkenny in 1943 and lives in Limerick. He has published six collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Life Monitor (Three Spires Press, 2009). Liverpool University Press issued his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves, in 2001. He is a former lecturer in art history, and a member of Aosdána. It could be said that just as some writers use humour as an antidote to despair Ciaran O’Driscoll uses humour to make expressions of anger more palatable. Ciaran O'Driscoll's poetry is sharp, lively and intelligent.

I once was a member of Ciaran O'Driscoll's writing workshop when we used to meet in the Glenworth Hotel. The group actually published a book of their work and it was called 'Easy Squares and Nervous Circles'

Monday, January 17, 2011

From this week's Poetry Ireland

27 Jan.2011

The Moth Poetry Party

To celebrate the winter issue of The Moth,
there will be an evening of wine tasting
from the Castillo Perelada Winery in Spain,
canapés and the opportunity to listen to
some poetry from Kate Dempsey,
Tommy Murray and Seamus O'Rourke
. For further details and bookings,
please contact the phone number provided.
Venue: Delish, Abbey Street, Cavan
Time: 7.30pm
Admission: €10
T: 049 4366020

Friday, January 14, 2011

Castillo Perelada Winery in Cavan on 27th January

Come and taste wines from the Castillo Perelada Winery in Spain, eat your fill of delicious canapés and listen to some wonderful poetry. An evening of wine-tasting (courtesy of Blakes Fine Wines) and poetry with poet/blogger Kate Dempsey, Seamus O'Rourke and poet Tommy Murray.

Space is limited, so if you would like to buy a ticket get in touch with editor Rebecca O'Connor,, as soon as you can. Tickets are €10.

We have an upstairs/downstairs situation

The evening will commence with a cava reception, and then once we've gotten everyone seated and done our introductions, etc., we'll have one poetry reading, followed by a wine-tasting, then the next poetry reading, followed by a wine-tasting, and so on ...

This would be the order for the evening.



Thursday, January 6, 2011

The News

My first reading of 2011 has been confirmed and it will be in Cavan on the 27th January

Working on the Scurlogstown testimonial booklet and if anyone has a poem i will publish it in the book.
Will know in ten days if my latest book will in fact be published the publisher is waiting for a reader's report Keeping my fingers crossed on that one.

Just finishing my entry for Strokestown.and will get it away just before the closing date.

Children's classes resume on Saturday and the Meath Writers Circle will have their first meeting on Thursday next 13th January

Saturday, January 1, 2011

First Meeting of 2011

The first Meeting of the Meath Writer's Circle for 2011 will take place in The Trim Castle Hotel on Thursday 13th January at 7.30pm members will be notified