Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Skylight 47 Launch of Issue 12

I attended the launch of Skylight 47 in Galway on Sunday evening. It was a most enjoyable event, a large audience, lots of great readings and tea, coffee and cakes.

This was issue 12 of the newspaper style poetry publication. I was delighted to have a poem accepted for this special issue. For the first time there was a theme - Language, Landscape, and Migration)- and my poem fitted in under language.

The issue also included a supplement with space for unpublished writers, individuals or writing groups based in Galway City or County.

Skylight 47 has always shown an interest in writing groups and published a regular feature on groups from around the country, our group, Boyne Writers, was featured in one issue. This time they worked especially with some groups from Galway city and county as part of their Let the Stories be Told project helped by funding under the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Small Towns Big Ideas project. Three such groups got special assistance and facilitator time.

The three editors, Bernie Crawford, Ruth Quinlan and Nicki Griffin, are to be congratulated on their work in planning and carrying out the project and on the finished journal which is a delight to read.

My poem, which I read at the launch, concerns the word "Terminus" which I used when taking grandchildren to the end of the Luas line. An interesting word especially to an older person who has for one reason and another been visiting a number of medical establishments in the past couple of years.

More pictures from the launch on the Facebook page. You can buy the issue on the Skylight 47 site here.

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