The Boyne Writers' Group took on The Meath Writers' Circle last night in the Battle of the Books in the Trim Castle Hotel as part of the Swift Satire Festival. Satire, oh no not again, when I think of writing satire I feel perplexed because it is not the easiest thing to define. However, according to the judges last night, both teams made a fair stab at satire and Michael Farry especially seems to have nailed the concept. His scores of 9 and 9.5 topped the night. One judge said Swift himself would have been proud of Farry's piece. Another judge christened him the 'Susan Boyle' of the competition. Caroline Finn and Paul Kerr performed their writing admirably for The Boyne Writers. Of Caroline's work a judge said that it was like "a thin man trying to get out of a fat man's body!"
Fore in the mind of The Meath Writers' Circle was their deceased compatriot Tommy Murray. He was well remembered on the night by Michael Sheils and Frank Murphy. It was a lovely and entertaining night. Well done to the participants who really shone in a competitive climate.
Well done too, to Paddy Smith, MC, whose clever puns evoked many a titter and helped to disperse the charged atmosphere.
I will add photos later.