John D Kelly

FW Chair’s New Year Greetings

Our Chair, Tony Brady, starts the New Year with thoughts about the year past and the one to come: While welcoming 2015 and aware of its challenges, let’s recall Fermanagh Writers 2014 achievements.  Prizewinning poets:  John D. Kelly, Mary McElroy,   Seamus Carollan.  Published authors: Dermot Maguire, Dianne Trimble and Cait Valelly.  Angela McCabe published a(…)

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Fermanagh Writers At FLive Festival

Last weekend Fermanagh Writers participated in the FLive Festival, performing on Friday afternoon at the Ardhowen Theatre and on Saturday lunchtime at the Bridge Centre in the Presbyterian Church. Both sessions were lively and members of the audience praised the performers afterwards. Our Chair, Tony Brady, tell us about the performance at the Ardhowen Theatre:(…)

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Seamus Heaney Tribute Booklet

Fermanagh Writers have produced a booklet of tributes in poetry and prose in honour of the late poet.   John D. Kelly – one of the group’s prize winning poets and a contributor – will present it to the family to mark the first anniversary on 30th August of the poet’s passing.  John’s co-contributors are Dermot Maguire, Teresa Kane, John Llewellyn James, Angela McCabe,(…)

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Poets Meet Painters Winner: John D. Kelly

Congratulations to John D. Kelly who won first prize in the Poets Meet Painters contest run by Hungry Hill Writing. The contest was adjudicated by Cherry Smyth. His poem, Brush With A Past, is included in the Poets Meet Painters anthology. For more information about the contest and the anthology visit Hungry Hill Writers website.(…)

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Ballinamallard Festival Photos

Getting ready for the performance:   A few members beside the river:  

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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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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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No Alibis – Nowhere To Run And Hide

John James recounts our visit to the Big Smoke: When it was first mooted, we all had our doubts. How would a local anthology fare up in the Big Smoke? Would anybody be interested in a bit of culchie culture in the rich tapestry of life and art, in the Bohemian student area of Botanic(…)

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Unhinged and Beckett

John James reflects on Fermanagh Writers’ contribution to Happy Days, Enniskillen’s first Beckett Festival: Cobbling together a name at the last minute for our session on the Fringe, was a challenge in itself, all the best ideas seemed to have been snapped up by other events.    However our dish seemed to entice an interested and appreciative(…)

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