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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Michael Slavin at the Boyne Readings


Michael Slavin reads, photo courtesy of Paddy Smith

I enjoyed Thursday night's reading and open mic.  Michael Slavin told us about his love of Tara.  He differentiated between the historical Tara and mythical Tara.  In Ireland's ancient books the legends are told by a magical storyteller called Tuan. Tuan was a shape changer and often appeared in the form of an eagle or a stag.


Tuan

You can read about the myths and legends associated with Tara in Slavin's books Ancient Tara Legends and The Book of Tara.  He also wrote The Ancient Books of Ireland.

The open mic was rich.  Jenny Anderson read about what grows in your garden and Tom Dredge two poems, Progress and Bi-Polar.   Tommy Murray attended and read two fine poems.  He will read from Swimming with Dolphins at the next Boyne Readings in May.  I read three poems.  Barbara Flood, Anne Crinion, Caroline Finn and Michael Farry also read. 

Paddy Smith was MC on the night.  He was photographer and read a short story too.





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