So I took up the sword and here I am on the steps to the reading room in The Irish Writers' Centre with Paddy Smith and Michael Farry from The Boyne Writers' Group. I have to say thanks to them for coming to hear me read and to a couple of my friends who came too. The judge Leo Cullen liked the imagery in my story and I am happy about that as creating imagery is for me a huge part of being a poet and I do tend to see my writing in a strong visual way. It was, as has been mentioned in Michael's blog, and by the judge, a bold piece, it said something anyway. I think now that I need to give more concentration to stories and to perhaps something, dare I say, longer, while still working on my poetry.
I attended a Boyne Writers' meeting on Thursday night and there is great excitement about the forthcoming Boyne Berries 10. I also saw the reclaimed Battle of the Books trophy. It seemed to glitter in the dimmed light of the Castle Arch Hotel.
Congratulations to the other three writers who shared the experience of The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions with me; Guy Barriscale, Deirdre McClay and Sarah Gimartin. We are pictured below.