Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Galway Literary Magazine

Delighted to hear that Skylight poets are going to include my poem "Oil Seed Rape" in their forthcoming new magazine which will be launched in  Galway in January.  I will be looking forward to receiving my copy and I may even go down to the launch which will take place on the 10th Anniversary Over the Edge launch 24th January, 2013 in Galway City Library.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Launch

Thursday 15th November is the date set for the launch of the Meath Junior Writers Anthology.  The event will take place in  the Navan Library an d as many as 26 young people mostly from the Navan area have contributed their work to the publication.    This is the fifth  collection of work from this group which has been on the go now for thirteen years..    These young people who range inage from 9 to 15 meet every Saturday Morning in the Navan Library where under the direction of poet Tommy Murray they learn how to write poetry, short stories and essays and indeed all aspects of creative writing.   Many of them have won prizes over the years and all a re skilled in  reading their work in  public

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Website Announcement

Our New Website is now up and running with some interesting links to sites that I have been involved with, including  Irish Writers Online,  The Bard of Armagh and Poetry Ireland.  Well worth a visit

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Picture shows the band at last night's Scurlogstown celebration where more than 150 People enjoyed a night of music, poetry and song. Spotted there were Paul Kerr from Trim, Ollie and Brigid Doherty , Joe Regan from Rathmoylon, Rosemary Swan from Kilmessan , Noel French ,and all the members of the Olympiad. I got the chance to read two long poems 'On Being Politically Correct' and 'On the Wagon. both of these poems are on the Bard of Armagh DVDs.   All in all a great night

Friday, October 19, 2012

Meath Writers Christms DVD

A meeting of the Meath Writers Circle will take place in The Trim Castle Hotel on Thursday 25th inst for the purpose of completing the Christmas DVD.   The DVD which is actually the second such production from the circle will feature sixteen writers and will be ready well in  time for  Christmas.
Tomorrow night (Saturday )will see a number of the writers reading at the Scurlogstown Celebration in Jack Quinn's pub. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Package Publishing

With the number of self publishing enterprises growing by the week  a closer look will show that most of them are a complete rip off.  Writers are being charged for services that they could easily do themselves.  Take the copyright law for example where in some cases these print/publishers retain as many as thirteen copies and for  local consumption manuscripts that don't in fact need all these .  Then there is the ISBNs and the Bar codes.  What ever the need for these by virtue of the proposed market the prices are too high. The only answer is to shop around and if your book is just for local consumption  then dispense with a lot of the extras especially the promise to sell copies online

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Launch in Fergie's

A huge crowd turned out for the launch of Peggy Murphy's CD in Fergie's pub Kilmessan on Friday night.
Peggy herself read some of her poems and John Byrne told jokes for what was to be a wonderful evening of entertainment.  The music was supplied by Paul Hennessy and tea and sandwiches were put on by the hostess Helen. It was great to see so many members of the Meath Writers Circle there and it was even better to see that Peggy had very few if any copies of her CD left when the night was over.    The picture shows  Peggy with Frank busy at the top table

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Counting Headstones

Seems to be that I am destined to count more than just stained Glass Windows. How many times in recent years have I tried to count the headstones in Newtown cemetery without success because of the fact that it was impossible to see most of them what with all the undergrowth and briars and in particularly the elder trees.
The elder tree may be associated with the town of Trim but they sure didn’t look too well out in the cemetery.  Then last Tuesday I decided to pay a visit to the cemetery it was a beautiful evening just what one would expect right in the middle of St. Luke’s summer.   Well I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there had been quite a lot of work going on out there since my last visit.   The beautiful yew trees had been cleaned up and the elder had been cut and checked and it was easy to negotiate a path through the cemetery.  It was a case of ‘A lot done more to do but having said that I have to say huge congratulations to the young Trim man who took on the job all on his own.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Awards and Prizes

Awards and Prizes   46 to date  Volume One
1987        Patrick Kavanagh Memorial Award, Dundalk
1990                The Allingham Arts Poetry Competition Ballyshannon
1991                The Hopkins Certificate of Merit. Monastrevin

1993        Syllables Writers Dublin Special Merit Awards
1994        Church and General Short Story Competition. 1st Prize
                Kells Festival Poetry Competition 3rd Prize
1995        Syllables Writers Dublin Special Merit Award
                Chapter and Verse Killiney Certificate
    Kells Festival Poetry Competition 2nd Prize
1996        Syllables Writers Dublin Special Merit Award
1997        Syllables Writers Dublin Special Merit Award
                The Nora Fahy Award Ennis.
1998        Drogheda Mental Health Short Story 1st Prize
1999        Bookwise Short Story Competition 2nd Prize 
                Francis Ledwidge Poetry Competition 4t Prize
2000        Francis Ledwidge Certificate of Merit
                Irish Poets World Wide Poem of the Month for April
                Irish Poets Worldwide  Poem of the Month   July
2001        Francis Ledwidge Poetry Competition 2nd Prize
                Strokestown Shortlist
                Irish poets worldwide Poetry Award  May  J
2002        Strokestown Shortlist
2003        Poet of Fingal Poetry Competition. Certificate
                Boyle Arts Festival  Special Merit Award
2004        The Tom O Shea Competition  1st Prize
                Bard of Armagh  2n Prize
                Strokestown Shortlist
2005        Poet of Fingal;  1st Prize
                Poet of Fingal Certificate of Merit
                Clogh Writers Special Merit Award
                Francis Ledwidge award for Readers Choice 
2006        Poet of Fingal   1st Prize
                Bard of Armagh  Runner up
                People in the Community Award Meath Co. Council
                Community IT Project Award, Meath Co. C ouncil
2007        Poet of Fingal   3rd Prize
                Poet of Fingal   Certificate of Merit
2008        Poet of Fingal    Certificate of Merit
2009        TheToulmin Award from the Elphinston Institute at The University of Aberdeen
2010        Golden Pen Certificate of Merit
                Swift Satire Competition  3rd Prize
                Battle of the Books  Winning Captain
                Jonathon Swift Highly Commended Award
                Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award
 2011       Dromineer Literary Festival Highly Commended

 2012       Poem of the Month  Lapwing Belfast
                Battle of the Books  Winning Captain

Monday, October 1, 2012

Golden Rhymes

HTTP://HOMEPAGE.EIRCOM./~THEWRITERSCIRCLEGolden Rhymes, which is the title of a collection of poems written by the members of the Meath Junior Writers Group will be going to the printer on Monday next.   The collection contains the work of 26 young poets from Meath but mostly from the Navan area.
Published here is a sample of work by 13 year old Sarah McShane from Navan.  Sarah attends St. Michael's Loreto

I Have Gone

I have gone from your world
But it doesn’t mean I am not here
I will always be close
Close to your heart

My laughter will echo
Around the gloomy corridors
And make even the darkest corner alight

My constant chatter
Will always echo around
Filling the ears of those who await

I will always be there
Even if you do not see me
I will always be there

Even in the darkest times
Even in the times when all is well
I will always be there

I will share your sadness
I will share your laughter
I will share with you my life

Just remember I am always there
You may not see me but I am here
We will se each other soon again

I love you all
And I shall love you
I’m sorry I’ve gone from your world