There is a terrific line-up of events planned for Culture Night in Carrick-on-Suir – see details below. If you’re in the area set the date, Friday, 19th September and take part in as many of these FREE events as you can. If you want to participate in my writing workshop on that day please contact me directly to book a place.
2014 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend – here’s a brief photographic sample of the event.
Overall winner of the poetry competition Grace Wells, with adjudicator Richard Hayes, WIT (centre) and David Ryan, Dungarvan, whose poem ‘Another Blue Boy’ was Highly Commended in the Emerging Poet Category. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel
Mary O’Gorman, Clonmel, being congratulated by Richard Hayes. Mary’s poem ‘A Poem’s Thoughts’ was Highly Commended in the overall category.
Prizewinners all! From left, Patricia Cantwell, Clonmel – winner of the Emerging Poet Category, Bríd Kervick, Templeorum – Highly Commended in the Emerging Poet Category, Mary O’Gorman, Clonmel – Highly Commended in the Overall Category and Danny Harty, Comeragh College – winner of the Schools’ Category. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel
Dave Lordan making a definite point about the writing of Flash Fiction, although Mary Marron, Dungarvan, doesn’t seem to be taking him too seriously.
It was a busy, busy but very enjoyable weekend and thanks to everyone who made it so. If you would like to see a sample of what Shem Caulfield presented at his seminar on Saturday morning, click here. After being in Shem’s company for a couple of hours, listening to him and seeing his beautiful images, for me, and for the others who attended, a gate will never again be just a gate. There really is an epic in the detail!
Grace Wells won the Eilís Dilon Best Newcomer Bisto Award for her first book, the children’s novel, ‘Gyrfalcon’, which was also an International White Ravens’ Choice. Children’s books, ‘One World, Our World’ and ‘Ice-Dreams’ appeared in 2009. When God has been Called Away to Greater Things, her first collection of poetry, was published by Dedalus Press in May 2010 and won the Rupert & Eithne Strong Best Debut Award.
Brewery Lane Poetry Night – some dates for writers:
Friday, 1st November 2013 – venue changed (for this night only) to the meeting room in The Old Mill, New Street, Carrick-on-Suir. The theme for the night is ‘Winter’ and you are free to interpret this in any way you wish. Bring two poems with you if you would like to read, and I encourage you to fully take part, it’s a friendly group. The poems you read can be your own work or written by another.
Friday, 29th November 2013 Mark Roper (2013 Judge of the Brewery Lane Poetry Competition) will give a tutorial in Brewery Lane Theatre on preparing your work for submission to competitions. Mark’s recent collection, ‘A Gather of Shadow’, was shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Poetry Prize and he has just published ‘The Back Strand: Tramore’s Open Secret’, about Tramore’s tidal lagoon, in collaboration with photographer Paddy Dwan. See this Irish Times article. The tutorial will, I hope, encourage more of you to send your work out – we hear many fine poems read at the poetry nights and the next step is to polish them up and send them out into the world. Then, of course, continue to write more poems.
Saturday, 30th November 2013 Poet Grace Wells will hold a one-day poetry workshop for secondary school students in Brewery Lane Theatre. This workshop is supported by the South Tipp Arts Office as part of Connex 13. Grace Wells won the Eilis Dillon Best Newcomer Bisto Award for her first book, the children’s novel, ‘Gyrfalcon’, which was also an International White Ravens’ Choice. Children’s books, ‘One World, Our World’ and ‘Ice-Dreams’ appeared in 2009. When God has been Called Away to Greater Things, her first collection of poetry, was published by Dedalus Press in May 2010 and won the Rupert & Eithne Strong Best Debut Award. This promises to be a very special opportunity for young writers in the area.
Friday, 20th December 2013 – usual poetry night in Brewery Lane Theatre. Theme TBA