The first Boyne Readings and Open Mic session of the year took place in the Village Hall, Knightsbridge, Trim last Thursday18 February.
Paddy Smyth was master of ceremonies, Susan Connolly, and I read from our own collections to a small but appreciative audience in the Village Hall. Susan read some of her finest poems and I read prose.
Members of the audience read in the open mic session. There was a great variety of style and content to the poems and stories read, some tinged with sadness, others hilarious and Michael Regan reenacted court room dramas from his time as a legal eagle.
Tea and bickies were served afterwards and I hit the road for Navan.
Susan Connolly, Michael Sheils.
Photo courtesy P. Smyth, The Boyne Writers'
The Boyne Writers', are holding their first open mic session of the year, next Thursday18 February, in the Village Hall, Knightsbridge, Trim at 8oc.
The featured readers are Susan Connolly and yours truly.
Susan Connolly lives in Droghed Co. Louth and is one of Ireland's best known poets. She was winner of The Patrick and Catherine Kavanagh Fellowship for poetry in 2001.
Her principle poetry collections include For The Stranger ( Dublin Dedalus Press, 1993 ); and with Anne-Marie Moroney, Stone and Tree Sheltering Water: An Exploration of Sacred and Secular Wells in Co. Louth ( Flax Mill, 1998 ).
Other short collections include, How High The Moon ( Poetry Ireland / Cooperation North 1991 ); Race to the Sea ( Flax Mill, 1999 ); Ogham: Ancesters Remembered in Stone ( Flax Mill 2000 ); A Salmon in the Pool ( Tearmann, 2001 ) a literary and placenames map of the River Boyne from source to sea.
Her most recent collection of poetry is Forest Music ( 2009 )
Source courtesy Boyne Writers' web site.
As for myself, well, self praise, is no praise, what you see on the night is what you'll get.
I'm looking foward to the event and hoping that Paddy Smyth forgets his whistle.
I was in Navan library the other day, lost in a book, when Noel French sneaked up on me and whispered in my ear " I hear the people of Trim are erecting barricades all over town "
" Why "
" To keep the Sheriff out "
I looked him straight in the eye and said, " Have car, will travel!! "
This seemed to unnerve him as he glanced to the ground to avoid eye contact.