James Linnane, Michael Farry, Paul Kerr, Eamon Cooke and I represented the Boyne Writers tonight in Drogheda as special guests of the Viaduct Bards. The event took place in the Drogheda Arts Centre, Stockwell Street. It was an intimate gathering with some great work being read followed by warm discussion of poetry. The group had been invited by Emer Davis who has just published her collection Kill Your Television. I read four poems but I felt unworthy among such good poets.
At the beginning of the night I met Bernadette Martin whom I had known from New Poems of Oriel. Its editor Mary Kearns had brought Bernadette, Brid McDonnell, Conor Duffy and I together perhaps five years ago. Also in attendance was the lovely and talented Susan Connolly. Her collection Forest Music was published by Shearsman in 2009. En route to the venue we had discussed Francis Ledwidge as we were passing by Slane. Connolly has a poem about Ledwidge in Forest Music. There are some very visual poems in this collection and I am delighed to see an illustration of and a poem about The Five Roads at Tara in it.