Fermanagh writers

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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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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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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Tails of the Unexpected Launched This Week

On Thursday evening Fermanagh Writers launched our second anthology, Tails of the Unexpected. The book is a collection of animal stories and poems produced to aid of Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary. The stories and poems are the work of Fermanagh Writers’ members and guest authors Carlo Gebler and Seamas Mac Annaidh. All proceeds from the(…)

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A Crowded Winners’ Circle

November has been a busy month for prizes and awards for Fermanagh Writers members. As well as Seamus Carolan’s induction into the Bard of Armagh Hall of Fame (see previous blog post), Mary McElroy and Angela McCabe have also been in the winner’s circle. Mary McElroy’s moving poem, Blue, dedicated to her son, David, won(…)

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Launching A Poetry Contest

The Funeral Services NI sponsored Poetry Recital to launch their poetry contest was held in Enniskillen public library  on Tuesday 5th November 2013. Members of Fermanagh Writers as well as other poets who joined us read their poems. Our Chair, Tony Brady introduced the poets. A highlight of the evening was John L. James reading his mother’s(…)

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A Letter To Carlo Gebler

Fermanagh Writers Chairperson’s thanks to Carlo Gebler:  At this moment and the end of the final evening, on behalf of all and myself, who attended the fully subscribed 6 Prose and Poetry critique sessions led by you Carlo, unprompted by a prepared speech I would like to say:  Thank You. They were stimulating, provocative, insightful, creatively(…)

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