It was well worth the drive to Limerick and back again for the launch of the wonderful Stony Thursday Book, edited this year by Paddy Bushe. http://dedaluspress.com/sp/directory/details/paddy-bushe
I received two contributor's copies of the book and I read my poem Into the Night in the Belltable Arts Centre. Thanks to Limerick City and County Council Arts Office and to Lizanne Jackman, co-ordinator and to everyone involved in the book's production. The cover art is by Catriona O'Connor.
Brian Kirk was there and he read his sestina The Poet's Work. Honor Duff read her poem The Lure. I also met Susan Kelly who read her poem Skinny Jeans. She has been short listed for this year's Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition. Carmel Cummins read her poem Deargadaol. It was a thrill to see Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin there and she read her poem I Used to Think... Louis Mulcahy entertained all with The Night She Made Me Eat Her Words.
The Editor spoke of his difficulty in choosing poems for the journal, over five hundred poets submitted work this year. It was fantastic to hear the poets, who travelled from all over the country, reading their work.