In the autumn of 2015 I found myself on a poetic pilgrimage, following the call to Ireland’s biggest spoken word & poetry event, Dublin’s Lingofest. Having attended the previous year as a newcomer to the idea of spoken word, I had come prepared. I wasn’t alone. Continue reading “A Brief History of The Thing Itself”
In January 2018 Fermanagh Film Club celebrated its 10th anniversary with a programme of Fun, Film and Music in the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen.
The turning of the year is always a time for decisions. Breughel’s painting Hunters in the Snow (which examined more closely in this article) is part of that tradition, and the upper part of it seems to echo a common theme: the city or the mountain?
Together or Alone?
It has been a busy year for Fermanagh Writers, culminating in the launch of our new anthology Remembering and Forgetting during the FLive Festival, in which members also read their favourite poems as part of the Dawn to Dusk poetry readings, performed their own work on the Lovely Leitrim boatel and competed in the All Ireland Poetry Slam Final.
The anthology includes 64 poems and stories (and a couple of essays) from many regular Corncrake contributors well as some new faces. Copies are on sale in Enniskillen at Collage Collective in the Buttermarket and at The Happiness Trap in Belmore Street, or at the Kissin’ Crust in Lisnakea, or through members of Fermanagh Writers.
For mail, overseas or online orders, please email Corncrake.
Some members have recently released their own books: memoirs by Tony Brady and Elizabeth McCluskey, and Dianne Ascroft has published the most recent book in her The Yankee Years series. Kate O’Shea has just launched her first poetry book The Human Condition, and others are currently actively working on their own collections.
Fermanagh Writers meet weekly in Blakes of the Hollow, Church Street, Enniskillen at 7.30 on Tuesday evenings. New members are always welcome.
Corncrake will return at the start of the New Year and hopefully appear at regular quarterly intervals thereafter.
This special edition of Corncrake is part of the many celebrations around the centenary of Meath poet Francis Ledwidge. He was serving with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed at Passchendaele in 1917. Continue reading “Francis Ledwidge – Soldier. Poet. 1887-1917”
Birds, of course (though swallows are not common yet) but also a general sense of restlessness. Long winter nights encourage us to sleep and let things slide. This issue of Corncrake is a bit late too, but now we are making up for lost time. Continue reading “Something in the Air”
Are Artists Augurs? asks the exhibition which opened in the Higher Bridges Gallery on the 7th of April and runs to the 29th. Cirque des Oiseux is French for Circus of Birds or rather the circling of birds in flight, something we notice particularly at this time of year as new migrants begin to arrive. Continue reading “Cirque des Oiseux: Artists & Augurs”
For those of you not familiar with it, The Spark is a Local History and Arts Review magazine. It is published once a year in April and is distributed in seven counties of the North-West: Donegal, Tyrone, Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh, Leitrim and north Sligo.
The next issue (No. 30) has almost 30 articles and features that cover a wide spectrum of interests – local history, interviews, visual art and poetry as well as book reviews and other matters about books and publishing. Continue reading “The Spark”
After last year’s very successful launch the Enniskillen ComicFest returns on 5th and 6th May 2017, bigger and better, to celebrate all aspects of storytelling and sequential art. ComicFest 2016 proved that there was a great demand for an event of this type in the Enniskillen area.
For the second year in a row, the female members of Fermanagh Writers joined other women writers in Northern Ireland on 8th March to celebrate International Women’s Day.