FCWG Second Annual Kayaking Day

At our second annual kayaking day FCWG members once again proved that writing isn’t our only talent – we managed to successfully navigate Lough Erne without falling in. This is likely mostly due to Tony’s expertise and beginners luck for the rest of us.

More Photos From Readings By Local Writers Afternoon

Tony Viney

Ian Butler

Magdalene O'Reilly

Damian McGirr

Members of Fermanagh Creative Writing Group read their stories and poems at Readings By Local Writers last Sunday at Charlie’s Bar, Enniskillen.

Dermot Maguire

Afterwards FCWG members, Ken Ramsey and Damian McGirr chat with members of the audience.

Stories From Charlie’s Bar Launched

At Readings By Local Writers on Sunday Fermanagh Creative Writing Group launched our first publication: Stories From Charlie’s Bar. These stories and poems by our members were compiled by Ken Ramsey, with an introduction to the group by our secretary, Dianne Trimble. Many of the pieces were recently printed in the Impartial Reporter series which featured our members but there’s also some new material too. More information and copies may be obtained from Ken Ramsey. Click on Ken’s name for contact details.

From Comedy to Chronicles at Charlie’s

Yesterday the Fermanagh Creative Writing Group presented Readings By Local Writers in the back room of Charlie’s Bar. We shared poems and stories that ranged from reminiscences about childhood adventures to tales evoking bygone days to thought provoking political/religious thrillers and a variety of other material as well. 

Here’s some images from the afternoon:

Diane Jardel

Peter Byrne


Marie Connor

Dianne Trimble

Carol-Mary Fraser

Ken Ramsey

Read Blind Faith on Ye What?

Ye What? has again mentioned our upcoming Readings By Local Writers afternoon this coming Sunday. Today’s post features Anthony Viney’s story, Blind Faith, which was recently printed in the Impartial Reporter.

Read the story at:


Ye What?

Ye What?, a blog that covers the Northern Ireland literary scene, has been talking about our upcoming Readings By Local Writers this week. Dianne Trimble’s story, Just A Cough, is featured in the post.  Check it out:


Impartial Reporter Series Breezes To A Close

Mags O’Reilly’s poem, The Wind, published in the Impartial Reporter this week, concludes the newspaper’s series featuring FCWG members’ writing. The poem vividly captures this force of nature in all its moods.

Mags, a native of Fermanagh, attended Queen’s University, Belfast and spent her career teaching English and Religion in Enniskillen schools. She worked as a volunteer in a Romanian orphanage after she finished teaching. She has a deep concern for the disadvantaged and improving mental health provision.

Gordon Williams’ Team Tale

Gordon Williams’ heartwarming tale, Cut Final, evokes the power of team spirit in this week’s Impartial Reporter.  

Gordon, a native of Manchester, moved to Fermanagh in 1984. He says he began writing 9 years ago and hasn’t stopped yet. His stories deftly convey the complexity of human experience and emotion, capturing both humour and sorrow equally well. He has also recently completed a novel.

Ian Butler Recalls Britain’s Irish Hero

A Fine Bright Day Today, Ian Butler’s rousing account of events during the Battle Of Britain and Irish pilot, Brendan Finucane’s contribution to the Allied victory is in this week’s Impartial Reporter.

Ian, vice-chairman of Fermanagh Creative Writing Group, arrived in Fermanagh in 2008. Originally from England, he is a former social worker who is recuperating from a stroke. He runs Handibooks, an online bookshop, and he is inspired to write by the beauty and tranquillity of the Fermanagh lakes.