Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sligo: Yeats' Nobel Prize & New Online Magazine

I checked the Irish Times archive recently to see how Yeats' winning the Nobel Prize in 1923 was reported. On Saturday 3 November 1923 the Irish Times quoted a report in Stockholm that Yeats was to receive the prize though Thomas Mann, the German writer, was also mentioned as a possible recipient. (Mann was awarded the 1929 prize) Then the award appears to have been announced in Sweden on Wednesday 14 November and the Irish Times reported it on the Thursday (right). Interesting comments by Yeats on the value of the award. It has been said that his first question on being told was "What is it worth?".

THE CATHACH is a new online literary magazine, published quarterly by Sligo County Libraries, with the aim of showcasing quality new writing in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Even though the cover says "Poetry & Prose from Sligo writers" the information on the website says "While honouring the literary traditions of Sligo and the Northwest, THE CATHACH features work from both new and established writers in Sligo and throughout Ireland".

The first issue is the current spring 2009 issue. Submissions details on the website. Deadline for July issue is 22 May 2009.

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