The first Boyne Readings and Open Mic of 2012 will commence this Thursday, 19th April at 8 p.m. The featured reader will be Michael Slavin who performed the launch of Boyne Berries 11. When it came to choosing readers for this session of the Boyne Readings Michael Slavin seemed to be a name on everyone's lips. Previous readers have included the wealth of Tom French, James lawless, Kate Dempsey, Susan Connolly, Michael Farry, Frank Murphy, Tommy Murray, Brendan Carey Kinnane, Kieran Furey, Noel King, Oran Ryan and Ross Hattaway among many. The Boyne Readings have been running since April 2009. Read Michael Farry's blog piece about the inaugural event here
Born in 1931, Michael Slavin has been a keen observer of horses since the time they were worked on his family’s farm in Cavan in the thirties and forties. When he moved to Dublin after the War the Horse shows at the RDS became an annual pilgrimage. Soon after returning home, from studying abroad in the late sixties, he began a career as equestrian journalist and commentator. He has written for the Irish Field, Irish Farmers Journal, Horse and Hound plus other equine publications in six countries. He acted as RTE Radio’s Show Jumping and Eventing commentator for 20 years. His previous books include Irish Show Jumping Legends 1868-1998; The Ancient Books of Ireland and The Book of Tara. He now runs an antiquarian book shop at the Hill of Tara.
Admission is 5 euro. Tea and coffee will be served. All are welcome to attend and participate in the Open Mic. The event takes place in The Coffee Shop, Knightsbridge Retirement Village, Longwood Road, Trim, Co. Meath.