Friday, October 22, 2010

Boyne Readings and Open Mic - Emer Davis

The first Boyne Readings of the autumn took place last night. A good crowd, almost twenty, including Frank from Meath Writers Group, two LitLab members from Cavan and an American who is in Trim for a year. The usual varied and interesting material, friendly banter and an excellent featured reader Emer Davis (reading above and below with chairman Paddy Smith).

Emer read old and new poems including a selection from her new collection, Kill Your Television - Episode One. This included the impressive title poem, a lovely play on "found" expressions and repetitions. Her poems are sparked off by memories of Achill where she grew up and subsequent travel between Ireland and England. Coming Home is a response to seeing a very old suitcase on a train and imagining its journey through life.

She read four striking poems from a work in progress, a collection dealing with the experience of Irish women during the second world war and she also read Requiem which we published in Boyne Berries 8.

A good start to our new season. The next event will take place on November 18.

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