Sunday, February 20, 2011

Featured Writers'

The Small Impact Writers', in the words of Paddy Smith, made a "BIG IMPACT" when they were featured readers last Thursday in the Knightsbridge Retirement Village Hall. Six members of the group read from their book " Hidden Depths " a collection of short stories and poems.
Paddy handed the mic to Edel Gillick and she did a great job of introducing the readers.

Pat McConnon gave a beautiful reading of Niall's Story a story of the love between a father and son at times very moving and yet at the same time full of joy.  Sean Reilly read his story  " I Am Royalty ", a story about the finest and most good-looking buck on the mountain, enough about that, if you want to find out more get the book.  Ann Ritter had the audience in the palm of her hand as she related the story " That Devil Called Love " in Ann's own words the characters in her story are figments of her vivid imagination, the city of Staufen, where Faust allegedy sold his sole to the devil in the 16th century does exist and is located in the South-West of Germany. Jim Byrne read a number of his poems to great applause. I read the story "YARRI"
I travelled to Australia in August 2002.  An incident happened when I was there which inspired me to write the story, YARRI, is better known as The Hero of Gungadai.  Edel Gillick, read from her book " The Boy Who Fell Down the Well " to hear Edel reading
 CLICK HERE  apologies for the echo.

An open mic session was held after the featured writers' had finished.  Members of the Boyne Writers' and the Meath Writers' Circle read from their work.

David Glynn read a story titled " Who Will You Choose " it was so vivid and palpable I could hear a voice in my head it was the soldier within me who said " Sheriff cover crawl and observe! "

Monday, February 14, 2011



Beautiful lady

From Navan Town

Where the waters meet

Our hearts met

Love always


Michael " The Sheriff " Sheils.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tommy Murray reading in the Delish

To hear Tommy Murray reading in the Delish Bistro in Cavan's Abbey Street CLICK HERE   for part one and for part two CLICK HERE

Friday, February 11, 2011


Pictured above L/R: Jim Byrne Edel Gillick and Ann Marie Duignan.

Below left K.Kearns pictured reading her story.

And on right in center Francis Manning and right Edel Gillick.

The Small Impact Writers' held a very successful Poetry and Short Story Competition last night, in the Meath County Library, Navan, in conjunction with St Valentines Day. The Theme for the competition was " Love Lost, Love Found"
Edel Gillick and Jim Byrne were presenters on the night and kept the audience entertained with their wit and even read some of their own poetry. Pat McConnon who is also a member of the writers' Group and therefore barred from entering the competition, started the readings with his interpretation of the Trush's mating call which if you listen carefully can be heard at the beginning of the video below.  Other members of the group who read were: Kieran Murray, Christopher. R Azzie. Mossie Forde, Sean Reilly entertained the audience with his singing and I made an attempt at singing myself.

Congratulations to all involved.

Results of the competition were:

Prize Poetry Section

Winner: Ann Marie Duignan   "Loves Bites"

Runners up:  Sinead McDevitt
                    Peggy Murphy
                    Frank Murphy.

Prize: Newcomer Freestyle
                   Francis Manning

Prize: Short Story Section

Winner       K. Kearns

Runners up: Caroline Finn
                  Frank Murphy.

Pat McConnon reading his piece..

Monday, February 7, 2011

Best Wishes

Top photo taken Sunday 13th February 2011
L/R: Pat Holten, James O'Shea, Kevin Smith, Brian Flanagan, Michael Sheils, Jenny McHugh,Anton McCabe in back Michael Reilly, Joe Rourke, Ruth? 

Jenny pictured above Navan Shopping Center 9th February 2011

Wishing you all the best in your campaign Jenny. 

Vote Jenny McHugh No 1 on Friday 25th February and keep The Red Flag flying.    HERE

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hidden Depths

The Small Impact Writers' Group have been invited to the Knightsbrook Village Hall onThursday 17th February, where they will be featured guests on the night.  The event which is being organised by the Boyne Writers' will start at 8pm.
Members of the group will read from their first collection of short stories and poems titled Hidden Depths.

There will also be an open mic session on the night. If you have a short story or poem you would like to read why not come along on the night.

Admission €5, tea and snacks served.

Click photo to enlarge and click a second time for full screen.