On Friday 4th July at 8pm a group of ten writers left Enniskillen on a support mission for the launch of Natasha Crudden’s “Barbed Wire Cage” in Blessing’s Pub in Cavan. We met up with some other members of FW who made their own way to the venue and we all tried to hide our nerves at the prospect of performing in front of a new audience in the second half of the event.

Natasha recited some of her exciting and edgy “punk” poetry after a very thoughtful opening speech and introduction by Clones poet Ted McCarthy. It is fair to say that we will hear more of Natasha in the coming years. Certainly what we heard on Friday night was inspiring. In my opinion she has something to say that people will want to hear.

The early part of the Launch was filmed by a TV crew from Irish TV.ie. We met the presenter, Jasmyn (from Manchester) and the sound man, Glep (from outside Moscow). Pete Byrne and a couple of us spoke to them to find out if there could be any benefit to FW from following up on the contact. I think it’s an avenue we can explore further.

In the “slam” part of the evening the Fermanagh Writers performers did the group proud. We were represented by Pete Byrne, Kate O’Shea, Tony Brady (who gave a powerful reading of one of Natasha’s poems), John James, Jennie Brien, Teresa Kane, Mary McElroy, John D Kelly and John Monaghan.

All the performances were good and were well received by an appreciative audience. I don’t really want to pick out any in particular, but it would be a great injustice not to mention the “tour de force” by “The Women in Black” Teresa Kane and Mary McElroy.

I would also like to thank those of our members who came along to support Natasha and FW, namely, Thomas, Elizabeth, Bob, Dermot, Antoinette, Trish and John Owen. Next time we would to see you guys under the spotlights with us.

All in all it was a great night and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I think we all learned something from the night (my lesson learned is that FW members are great cheerleaders). I think that as a group we learned that we are more talented than we allow ourselves to believe.

Thank you all for the experience.