Diane Jardel’s Poetic Link

Our member, Diane Jardel, has been included in the new poetry anthology The Poetic Bond. Her poem The Mirror was chosen for inclusion in the book which was released on 14 November.

The book’s editor, Trevor Maynard, described how the idea for the book developed:

“My purpose in putting together this anthology is to harness poetry through social media and to engage actively in sharing poetry with other poets and bringing poetry to general public.  This collection of poems will be the work of a group of poets connected through the global professional networking website LinkedIn.com, and in particular, but not exclusively, the LinkedIn group called, “Poetry, Review and Discuss.”

The Poetic Bond is available from www.thepoeticbond.com.

First Writing Drama Workshop

We hosted our first Writing Drama workshop yesterday with tutor, Deirdre Alexander, who has more than a decade of experience writing for television and theatre. Her screen writing credits include RTE shows Fair City and Seacht.

The afternoon sped by as we learned about constructing a 3 act script, how to pitch it to a producer and got tips on how to write good drama. We also were given insight into the world of television drama.  It was an information packed session and our tutor still found time to answer a barrage of questions from participants.

This may have been our first workshop on writing drama but it’s unlikely to be the last judging by the enthusiastic response it received from the participants.

Secretary Serves Up Exotic Concoction

Group secretary, Dianne Trimble, has had a short story, Mud and Bilberries, and a reminiscence, Winter Warmth, printed in online writers’ group, Writers Abroad’s second anthology, Foreign Flavours. The forward for the book is written by Alexander McCall Smith.

Writers Abroad describe the anthology as “a book that takes as its theme food, drink and recipes from around the world. It is a tantalizing collection of fiction and non-fiction, full of spice and flavour and sprinkled with mouth-watering recipes. The wide-ranging, sometimes bittersweet, contributions show how adaptable an ex-pat has to be to leave familiar dishes behind and venture into the culinary unknown.”

Extreme Weather, Extreme Poetry

Fermanagh Creative Writing Group doesn’t do anything by halves so to mark National Poetry Day today we had an extreme poetry reading by our members – on and at Lough Erne with Portora Castle as our backdrop. Once we left the shore and the very choppy waves, we huddled in near the fireplace inside the castle – and wished that it was lit. It was wet and windy but we raised our voices and shared our poetry.

Tony Viney

Tony Viney reads to audience


Peter Byrne



Ken Ramsey


Barracaded in Barrack Storeroom

Marie Connor

Yesterday afternoon, during Heritage Open Days , Fermanagh Creative Writing Group took up residence in Enniskillen Castle Museum’s Barrack Storeroom. We had a great time hosting an Open Mic Afternoon for writers – and listeners were eagerly invited in. Many of our members read their work and we also welcomed several other writers from the local area who shared stories and poems with us,

Seamas MacAnnaidh

including authors Seamas MacAnnaidh and Rosemary Gilchrist.

Writers and members of the public (some of whom dropped in while they were visiting the museum) all enjoyed the afternoon.  

Tony Viney, our MC, kept the programme moving smoothly. Group members had been cautioned to observe time limits for their readings so that everyone who wished would be able to participate.

Diane Jardel

Mindful of this, our member Gordon Williams restricted himself to several 50 word stories to kick off the readings. We heard funny poems, serious poems, epic poems and the whole gamut of short stories too. The audience never knew what to expect next when a writer stepped up to the podium but they were never disappointed.


Diane and Jacques Jardel manning the food table

Holed up inside on a rainy afternoon we needed sustenance to fortify us before we stepped up to the mike. So we had a table laden with caffeine fixes (tea and coffee) and an assortment of nibbles that included sweet sushi, loads of biscuits, wheat free cake and very sticky, gooey cake. The health conscious and sugar junkies were all catered for.   

We went home at the end of the afternoon with our appetites for food and literature sated. And we weren’t bothered by the rain as we were still turning over in our minds all the stories and poems that we’d heard.

Ian Butler


Wayne Hardman

Quizzical Expressions

Fermanagh Creative Writing Group got Fermanagh folk thinking yesterday when we held a Pub Quiz in Charlie’s Bar, Enniskillen. One hundred questions kept participants occupied for the evening and the race for first place was close until the last round when a clear winner emerged.

Here’s some highlights of the evening:

Raffle prizes galore

Keen competitors



Moyra Donaldson Kicks Off Creative Week

Yesterday Fermanagh Creative Writing Group hosted a creative writing day. Members and other writers gathered at the Westville Hotel for a full day workshop with experienced tutor and acclaimed poet, Moyra Donaldson (http://moyradonaldson.blogspot.com).

Moyra outlined and discussed the essential elements required to write a short story, offered advice about how to approach getting published and explored how to use metaphor to convey ideas in poetry.

Workshop participants asked questions, offered their own insights and experimented with what they were learning during writing exercises. And they left the session with renewed enthusisam to write.

What a great start to our Autumn Kickoff. Next stop Quiz Night on Thursday at Charlie’s Bar, Church Street, Enniskillen, 7.30pm. All are welcome to come and test their knowledge – there’s lots of prizes to be won!

Join Us As We Kick Off Our New Season

Fermanagh Creative Writing Group is kicking off our autumn season with a week full of activities – a writing workshop, a quiz night and an afternoon of readings by Northern Ireland writers. The action starts on Saturday, 3rd September with a full day creative writing workshop with experienced tutor, Moyra Donaldson.

Here’s the highlights of the week:

Saturday, 3rd September, 10am – 5pm, Creative Writing workshop with tutor, Moyra Donaldson, Westville Hotel, Tempo Road, Enniskillen. Workshop topics: Elements of a successful short story, magic of metaphor in poetry, and getting published. Places limited. Booking essential. Email fermanaghwriters AT aol.com.

Thursday, 8th September, 7.30pm – Quiz Night at Charlie’s Bar, Church Street, Enniskillen. Entry fee – £20/table (team of 4). Lots of prizes to be won! Challenge your general knowledge and have a fun evening.

Sunday, 11th September, 2-5pm – Readings by Writers, an open mic afternoon for writers to share their work. Come and share your stories and poems and listen to others work. Everyone welcome. We will endeavor to provide the opportunity for as many writers to read their work as time allows. Enniskillen Castle Museum, Barrack Room. Free admission. Refreshments served (nominal cost).

There’s something for everyone during the week. So come out and join us for as many activities as you can. Everyone welcome. For more information or queries contact us at fermanaghwriters AT aol.com.

FCWG Annual Kayaking Day

Fermanagh Creative Writing Group took to the water again this summer for our 3rd annual Canoeing/Kayaking Day. Here’s the proof: