Submissions Call for Spring Issue

The theme of this Spring’s Corncrake is Touching Grass: Real Life in a Virtual World. Increasingly we are seeing the rise of ‘content’ – words and images produced by programs, for markets defined by programs, to be summarised and digested by programs, and used as training data for yet more programs. The snake eats its tail, accepting the prejudices it is fed and accentuating them into meaninglessness.

Corncrake still does things the poor, slow, old-fashioned way. We are looking  up to about 800 words of any kind of writing – whether it be poetry, flash fiction, folktale, legend, memoir, philosophy or other non-fiction. Previews and reviews of recent and upcoming Arts events are also welcome, particularly those in Fermanagh and the surrounding area, as are images and links to relevant media.

Submissions to

Deadline: 26th March

What Happened to 2023?

It was a year of uncertainty, fraught and chaotic. Like many voluntary organisations Fermanagh Writers were caught out by the restructuring of financial institutions post-Covid, and for most of the year we found ourselves without a bank account. Theresa Kane’s one-day exhibition in Ballinamallard, Boxopera, which had originally been planned for late summer, eventually launched on the ninth of December.  The exhibition that we had planned in Enniskillen Library in September has had to be postponed while the building underwent renovation. FLive, which has featured in previous Autumn issues of Corncrake, was severely curtailed this year, and Fermanagh Writers had to organize a Fermanagh Heat of the All-Ireland Poetry Slam at three days notice. Thanks to all who made that possible, and especially to Ken Ramsey who brought it all together.  Having won that heat, I went on to compete in the Ulster semi-final and (without success) in the All-Ireland final, both of which were held in Londonderry.

So perhaps you will appreciate why there was no Autumn Corncrake last year, and my apologies for not letting you know sooner. Once the season had passed and our namesakes had flown to Africa, I thought it better to wait for their return in Spring before releasing the next issue.

Already there are some signs of hope. It is good to see that the Clinton Centre, long vacant is now once again a venue for Arts events. In addition to the Myriad workshops (see post below), some of our members will also be taking part in an oral storytelling course led by Liz Weir and Steven O’Hara. Reports on these and much more in the next issue. As always, both poetry and prose is welcome from both new and established writers.

The theme for the next issue: Touching Grass – how to live a real life in an increasingly virtual world.

Jenny Brien

9 January 2024

Myriad:  A collaborative poetry project

Myriad: All the Worlds Between: A collaborative poetry project bringing together poems from India, Ireland and in between.


Fermanagh Writers Participatory Workshops.

Some placer available for non-members. Please email asap if you are interested.

20  & 27 January and 3 & 10 February


Four x 4 hour workshops

Fermanagh House Broadmeadow Place Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh BT74 7HR

Tea/Coffee and Scones Provided.

Please bring any additional lunch or snacks.

Facilitator: Bronagh Diamond

Workshops will involve use providing a prompt such as a piece of writing, an object or image which will spark ideas, trigger memories, and hopefully inspire new pieces of work, We will use this to inspire music and create a soundscape which will be performed. Imagery and writing will be captured and translated into a projected backdrop for the final celebration events in 2025.

We will also have ongoing events and workshops to attend including Belfast Mela.