Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two Trophies

Two Trophies are about to be returned.  The Noel Dempsey trophy for the Battle of the Books has only days to go before it is handed back  and the Poet of Fingal Trophy has just three months to go before it is up for grabs again.   Picture Tommy Murray with the trophies.   2010 was the third time for Tommy to win the Poet of Fingal Cup

Friday, June 24, 2011

I have recently discovered a book of Tommy Murrays poetry and fell in love with it. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take the book with me as it had a previous owner! Can I buy it online anywhere or is it only available in Meath?

Thank You,

Yes Heather, the book is ' Counting Stained Glass Windows, and it is available from me at 10 Euro Post free.
It would also be available from Lapwing Press Belfast

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Final Rehearsal for the Battle of the Books contest

Absolutely delighted with tonight's  final rehearsal for the Battle of the Books in the Trim Castle Hotel, where the full team plus our official timekeeper W G Hodgins  from Bohermeen were present. Needless to state the meeting was held behind closed doors and only members of the team were allowed to be present.
As an extra precaution the team arrived and left the meeting in out of town cabs with unmarked and blacked out windows and even the manholes in the hotel car park were checked beforehand.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Stony Thursday Book

The Stony Thursday Book is calling for submissions  for Issue 10 which will be launched  in October 2011
Send no more than six poems to : The Arts Service Limerick City Council,  City Hall merchant's Quay Limerick.

With the publication of my latest book 'Famine Trilogy this brings the total to 13  Here is the Complete List



Books by Tommy Murray
(The Complete List)

Memorable Meath Views 1988

Something Beginning with Spring 1989

Where Was Wellington Born 1990

Stella's Cottage  1991

Once on Tara's Plain 1994

The Boyne 1997 (Chap Book)

Trim Looking Back 2004

Voices of Trim (Tempus/ Nonsuch )2005

Meath Voices (Tempus/ Nonsuch) 2006

Images of Meath ( Nonsuch/ The History Press ) 2008

Counting Stained Glass Windows. (Lapwing Belfast) 2009

'With the Boyne Through Trim'  2010

Famine Trilogy   (Varsity)  2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Famine Trilogy a beautifully produced book in presentation formatwhich contains the long poem of that name as well as two other poems on the famine making it a trilogy within a trilogy also contains graphic accounts of life in Ireland and on the coffin ships back in the 1840s.  Now available from this website  Priced at 4 Euro  4.50 Post free.  Published by Varsity Press Group

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Writer's Circle News

Entries have been coming in for the poetry Competition, all I might add in Limerick form
 Great entries from Jack Delaney from Bective,  Sarah McShane  and Brian Bourke from Navan so far.
There will be one change in the team that won last year's Battle of the Books and we are extremely lucky to have acquired one of Meath's top satirists for our team
The date for the launch of the long awaited 'Haunted Meath has been set for sometime around the Halloween Festival
Famine Trilogy which contains the long poem of that name as well as two other poems on the famine making it a trilogy within a trilogy is now at the proof reading stage.  A chap book it also contains graphic accounts of life in Ireland and on the coffin ships back in the 1840s.  Should be on the shelves within weeks.
All are invited to read their poems in the Scurlogstown Cottage on Sunday next 19th June
Thursday 16th June sees the launch of Arthur Broomfield's new collection in the County Hall Portlaoise
Well worth having a listen to Mark Doyle's reading over on the Tara poetry blog.  Mark is the 10th reader to have been videoed at the last meeting of the Meath Writer's Circle

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Members are asked  to write a short poem on this picture and have it for the next meeting which is on 23red June.  This is not confined to members of the Meath Writers Circle and the best poems received will be published in our new Website which will be appearing shortly.  Needless to state entry is free just send entries to tommymurray06@eircom.net.  The new website will have monthly and weekly competitions with prizes sponsored by local business people  The closing date for the current competition is Wednesday 22nd June

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Tommy Murray laying a wreath at the grave of poet FR Higgins
on behalf of the Scurlogstown Olympiad Committee
Friday 3rd June 2011
Also in the picture Writer's Circle member Willie Hodgins