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An Afternoon With Patrick McCabe

Our Chair, Tony Brady, reflects on our Question & Answer session with Patrick McCabe last Saturday at Fermanagh House, Enniskillen: An eclectic session I thought: wide ranging from the specific to the general with the focus on fiction. Patrick McCabe was witty, provocative, referenced literary figures* widely, took questions ably, was modest about his own(…)

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Islander Festival Opening Ceremony

Yesterday our Vice-chair, John Monaghan wrote about Fermanagh Writers participation in the Islander Festival. Today our Chair, Tony Brady, tells us a bit more about the opening ceremony at the Moat Ring on Friday, 2nd May: Fermanagh Writers represented by John Monaghan, Jennie Brien, Mary McElroy, John Llewellyn James and Bob Blair contributed to the(…)

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Fermanagh Writers At The Islander Festival

Fermanagh Writers took part in two events during the first Islander Festival based on Upper Lough Erne, 2nd-5th May reports our Vice-Chair, John Monaghan. Our first performance was at the Moat Ring on Friday night and the second was a boat cruise on Sunday afternoon. Ten of our members made music, told stories, recited poems(…)

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Looking Back At Our Year

After Fermanagh Writers’ AGM in March our Chair, Tony Brady, wrote to the Fermanagh newspapers to tell them about the election results, the group’s achievements during the past year and plans for the coming year. In the article he said: At the recent AGM of Fermanagh Writers, Tony Brady was re-elected unopposed to work a second(…)

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John D. Kelly Short Listed In Fish Flash Fiction

Further congratulations are due to John D. Kelly. This time it’s for his success in the Fish Flash Fiction Prize. His piece, Untethered, was selected as one of the top 10 from an entry of 1250. Glenn Patterson judged the contest and said of the piece, “As convincing a goat as ever told a tale”. Untethered(…)

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Fermanagh Writers In Poetry In Motion’s Still

Congratulations to our members who have poems included in the latest Community Arts Partnership Poetry In Motion project anthology, Still, and its companion magazine: Anna James, Teresa Kane, John D. Kelly, Dermot Maguire and Angela McCabe, Mary McElroy, Antoinette Rock and Dianne Trimble. The anthology was launched on 23rd March at the Black Box in(…)

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John D. Kelly Short Listed In Poets Meet Politics

Congratulations to our member John D. Kelly who had two poems, Jumpin-Jack-Frack and The Third Eye, short listed in the poetry competition, Poets Meet Politics, run by Hungry Hill Writing and judged by Bernard O’Donoghue. John read his contributions at the launch on 22nd March and the poems are included in an anthology of 20 poems.(…)

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Twists and Turns of Time

Congratulations to our member Catherine Vallely who has released her first book, a novella and short story collection, The Twists and Turns of Time. Readers can find it on Amazon. Our Chair, Tony Brady, has reviewed the book:  “This is near perfect: an Irish – Spanish cornocupia. Imaginative, passionate, erotic, historic and brimming with value.(…)

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Paula Meehan Inspires Fermanagh Writers

On Tuesday evening a stimulating, challenging, critical focus on poetry was led by the poet Paula Meehan. She began with an example of poetry being an expression of freedom and identity. Osip Mandelstam, a Russian poet, imprisoned under the Stalinist oppression exhaled his breath upon a window surface onto which he drew his name as a means of making(…)

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