Grainne Toher, Frank Murphy
I'm just home from the latest open mic session in the village hall in Knightsbridge in Trim. The reading took place in the library of the venue which was full to capacity. I found myself seated beside the lovely Frank Murphy of The Meath Writers Circle (who has advised me to find a poem about Sir Galahad) and the equally charming Michael Farry. Michael read his poem My Interest in Polish Poetry had been Aroused which has been published in The Shop magazine.
The featured reader tonight was Grainne Toher who has published her novel Comings and Goings. She read three chapters from her book and the author was very well received. Congratulations to her.
Also present were Tom Dredge, reading Shapes and James Linnane, reading The Hospital. These were some of the highlights of the night for me. I read three poems, Fulcrum for Lauren and Aoife, The Once and Future King and finally The Weight of the Wind. The Boyne Writers Group were well represented by the excellent chairman Paddy Smith, reading a quirky poem, Caroline Carey Finn, Ann Crinion, Barbara Flood, Jenny Ansersson and Maria Durnin.
from Sir Galahad by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The clouds are broken in the sky,
And thro' the mountain-walls
A rolling organ-harmony
Swells up, and shakes and falls.
Then move the trees, the copses nod,
Wings flutter, voices hover clear:
"O just and faithful knight of God!
Ride on! the prize is near."
So pass I hostel, hall, and grange;
By bridge and ford, by park and pale,
All-arm'd I ride, whate'er betide,
Until I find the holy Grail.