Sunday, October 2, 2011

Boyne Berries - The Galway Launch

And than on Friday we drove to Galway via Monasterboice and Thoor Ballylee for the launch of Boyne Berries 10 in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop. Another great event though with a completely different feel to the one in Trim. The friendliness, welcome and writerly comradrie was the same however.

The bookshop is a great place to visit and wander through and it's also a great place to launch a magazine. Everything just feels, and looks and smells right. A good audience also with a balanced mixture of Trim and Galway with a few from elsewhere - John Pinschmidt from Virginia, USA via Limerick and of course our Canadian writer visitor, Carolyne Van Der Meer.

Kevin Higgins performed the launch and was most encouraging, talking about the vital importance of small magazines like ours and of gatherings and reading such as were were at. He read his Couple in Search of Script from the magazine.

Other Galway writers who attended and read were Mari Maxwell, Alan McMonagle, Rachel Coventry, Méabh McDonnell and Trim was well represented by Orla Fay, Catherine Hastings, Paul Kerr and Evan Costigan. Cover artist Greg Hastings graciously accepted praise for the quality of the cover.

The Trim and Galway launches have been blogged by Orla Fay, Peter Goulding and Brian Kirk.
The picture above is from Orla's blog - Kevin Higgins launching the magazine (Spot the nervous editor/MC).

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