A significant crowd gathered in The Castle Arch Hotel in Trim on Thursday night. Ciaran Mangan, the Meath County Librarian, launched.
Readers on the night included members of the Boyne Writers and notables such as Tommy Murray, Frank Murphy, Aideen Henry, Peter Goulding, Sinead MacDevitt and Niamh Boyce. I had met Sinead at the Francis Ledwidge Award ceremony in the autumn of last year and Niamh when we were both finalists in the Eist Poetry Competition in 2008. We attended a poetry writing seminar given by Fred Johnston as prize winners. Michael Farry had also been a finalist, as had Andrew Caldicott who is included in this current issue of Boyne Berries too. http://www.librarycouncil.ie/publications/documents/286iln.pdf
Afterwards tea and coffee were served and it was then a chance for all to mingle and chat. The picture of myself and Catherine Hastings is courtesy of Paddy Smith. Greg Hastings is responsible for cover design and artwork on Boyne Berries 7.
"Time held me green and dying Though I sang in my chains like the sea."
"When the heart weeps for what it has lost the spirit laughs for what it has found."
"(i do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses) nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands"
Orla Fay is a member of Boyne Writers Group. In 2001 she won the Meath Chronicle/Bookwise Short Story Competition and in 2003 the Drogheda Creative Writers Adult Poetry Competition. In 2004 she had a poem commended in the Golden Pen Poetry Competition and in 2005 she was awarded 3rd place in the Dunlavin Poetry Competition and published in the 23rd Dunlavin Festival of Arts Annual. She has been published in the Meath Chronicle, New Poems of Oriel (2006), Boyne Berries magazine, Crannog Magazine, Revival poetry journal, the Sharp Review, Ropes 2010, NUIG's Writers' Society's Writers' Exchange Chapbook, Riposte, Wordlegs, The Linnet's Wings, The Stony Thursday Book 2011 & 2013, thefirstcut, Shot Glass Journal, Census 3, Silver Blade Magazine, HeadSpace, Outburst, The Galway Review, The Artistic Atlas of Galway, Shamrock Haiku Journal, Carillon, Abridged and Orbis. In 2008 she was a finalist in the Meath County Library Eist Poetry Competition. In 2009 she had a poem commended in the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award. In 2010 she had a poem highly commended in the Windows Publications Cavan Crystal Poetry Award. In 2011 she had a story selected for The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions in The Irish Writers' Centre. In June 2012 she published her poetry chapbook Drawn to the Light. She was a featured reader at O'Bheal in Cork in March 2013. She was highly commended for poetry in The Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards in October 2013 and long-listed in the WOW fiction Awards 2014.