Monday, November 14, 2016

Rath Chairn Library Art Group Exhibition

On Friday 11 November Rath Chairn Library Art Group launched their "From Tara to Beyond" exhibition in the OPW building, Jonathan Swift Street, Trim. We in Boyne Writers Group were invited to submit poems to the group which the artists used as inspiration for paintings. We were delighted to be involved in this and were delighted to see how the artists interpreted our poems.

The exhibition continues in the OPW building during normal office hours until the end of November. Well worth a visit.

Treasa Uí Mháirtín officially opening the exhibition.

Two painting by Treasa Uí Mháirtín in response to my poem "Dividing Hostas".

Orla Fay reading her "Tara" poem at the opening.

"Ledwidge's Cottage, Slane" by Frank Fagan in response to Sinéad MacDevitt's poem of the same name.

Two paintings by Michi Nagoo Smith in response to Anne Crinion's poem "A Changing Trim".

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Some Recent Publications

I've had poems accepted in some journals and anthologies recently.
Two poems, Cicades at Nages and Secret were published in the Voices Israel Anthology 2016. Poets from all over the world are included in this180 page volume and I'm delighted to be one of two Irish included.

Two poems, Phone Call and We Are All Refugees, were also accepted by Acumen Journal (UK) and published in issue 86, September 2016. They also included one of these poems, We Are All Refugees, as a guest poem on their blog.

Antiphon online journal published my poem Clarification in issue 19 and also included an audio file of my reading of the poem on their blog.

The Honest Ulsterman online journal published my poem, Where I'm From, in their October 2016 issue.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Trim by Anne and Jake Crinion - A new book.

This new book, Trim, by Anne and Jake Crinion, will be launched on Thursday night next, 10 November at 8pm in the Trim Castle Hotel. The book is published by the History Press in their series, Ireland in Old Photographs, and I have been asked to perform the official launch. As a blow-in to Trim (1970), I feel honoured to have been asked.

From the back of the 122-page book: "Founded in the fifth century and nestled on the banks of the Boyne, the historic and picturesque town of Trim has a rich and vibrant history which is uniquely captured in this collection of archive images. Many of the photographs were taken by Anne Crinion, a freelance photographer for many years. Featuring local landmarks, people and snapshots of ordinary daily routines, each accompanied by a detailed caption, they portray the development of the town and show how life here has changed over the years".