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
The monthly Poetry Nights in Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir will resume on Friday next, 27th September at 8.15pm. This is a night for poems, poets and camaraderie. The format is very simple. Everyone who attends has the option to read two poems – they can be your own work or not. You might like to share a poem that is meaningful to you or one that you have just discovered, a poem that you have been working on but are unsure if it’s finished or one that you have had published. The theme for the night is ‘Food’ and you are free to interpret this in as broad a way as you wish.
For your diary the Poetry Night dates for the next few months are:
Friday, 1st November
Friday, 29th November – this will incorporate a tutorial with poet Mark Roper on preparing your poems for entering competitions. More details later.
Friday, 20th December
And in the New Year there will be preparations for the 2014 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend, to be held on the 11th, 12th, 13th April. This will include writing workshops with Dave Lordan, a seminar with Shem Caulfield and a poetry competition judged by Richard Hayes of Waterford Institute of Technology.
Writers in the south-east and beyond will certainly be busy over the coming months …
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!
Here are the results of the Brewery Lane Poetry Competition, judged by poet Mark Roper.
Congratulations and well done to everyone!
Overall winner – ‘New Year Water’ by Ann Dempsey, Carrick-on-Suir
Highly Commended – ‘Classmate’ by Gavan Duffy, Dublin
Highly Commended – ‘Moon Bowl’ by Lani O’Hanlon, Dungarvan
Emerging Poets Category
Winner – ‘Original Sin’ by David Power, Cahir
Highly Commended – ‘Angel of Death’ by Mary Hanrahan, Fethard, Co. Tipp
Highly Commended – ‘Trader’ by Mary Cooke, Waterford
Carrick-on-Suir Schools Category
Winner Junior Section – ‘Deep’ by Alexandria Innocent, Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill
Winner Senior Section – ‘The Hawk’ by Patrick Moore, CBS