The first Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend took place last weekend in a little theatre by the river here in Carrick-on-Suir, and it truly was a celebration of writers, writing and the place of the arts in today’s society. I think all who attended left feeling stimulated and enthused about writing, with fresh ideas and a great whoosh of creative energy. This is thanks to the inspiring input of Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Richard Hayes and Mark Roper. Here are some photos to give you just a little flavour of the event.
A delighted Ann Dempsey, on left, whose poem ‘New Year Water’ won first prize in the Brewery Lane Poetry Competition, with Ann Power
Alexandria Innocent, a student of Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill, Carrick-on-Suir, who won the Junior Section of the Schools Category with her poem ‘Deep’.
Lani O’Hanlon, whose poem ‘Moon Bowl’ was Highly Commended in the main category, chatting with Nuala Ní Chonchúir.
Richard Hayes, Head of School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology, enthusiastically persuading everyone of the value of including more ‘pleasure and uselessness’ in our lives while taking us on a stimulating journey through Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ via Derek Mahon and Heraclitus amongst others.
Some of the writers who joined Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s workshops on ‘Writing Winning Short Stories’ on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Some serious literary discussion during the lunch break on Saturday – Jessica Keane, Nora Hegarty and Mary Spillane.
Writers absorbing some of the atmosphere at Carrick-on-Suir’s Ormond Castle on Saturday afternoon – Jean Rogers, Mary Spillane and Marie Noonan.
Mary Hanrahan, whose poem ‘Angel of Death’ was Highly Commended in the Emerging Poets Category
Richard Hayes with poet Bríd Kervick (centre) and her family at the poetry night. (photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel)
Two poets, two Marys – Mary O’Gorman, Clonmel Writers Group and poetry winner in Listowel 2012, with Mary Hanrahan, Fethard, Co. Tipperary. (photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel)
Nuala (and Juno) with Richard Hayes of WIT and poet Mark Roper – adjudicator of the Poetry Competition. (photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel)
Poetry prize winners with adjudicator Mark Roper back left and myself back right. To my right is David Power, whose poem ‘Original Sin’ won the Emerging Poets category. Missing from this photo is Mary Cooke, whose poem ‘Trader’ was Highly Commended in the Emerging Poets Category. (photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel)
Karl Sandison from Waterford enjoying the Poetry Night
The two Eileens – Eileen Acheson, Clonmel and Eileen Butler, Carrick-on-Suir, happy to celebrate the launch of the Writers’ Weekend. (photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel)
Ann Mansell on the left and Heather Comerford on right who between them kept the show on the road and helped me believe all along that this weekend was possible. Now we can look towards 2014 and another stimulating event – the next Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend!