So – here we are tonight on the longest day of the year, closing the doors of Magheralough Primary school.
The closure of Magheralough is not merely the closing of a quaint, rural school building. It is the closing of an educational community, the closure of a learning community and the closure of a social community which dates back hundreds of years. Continue reading “Magheralough Primary School”
I’m a big fan of writing workshops. It doesn’t matter to me what the genre is; I find that I can always learn something new about the craft of writing. I write poetry primarily so, naturally, I am a little more excited when the session is tutored by a poet. In August 2018 Fermanagh Writers hosted well-known Dublin poet and writer Colm Keegan for a full-day workshop. Colm called it Poetry in Motion and during the course of the day he certainly kept our pens in motion. He also said it was an ambush for your imagination and that was very true in my case.
Continue reading “An Ambush for the Imagination”
It’s been a long, cold start to Spring, and with the present concern over the future of the Border it’s perhaps not surprising that this issue of Corncrake concentrates on Fermanagh, but the seasons turn as they always do, and soon we will be stretching our wings again. Continue reading “Where Next?”
On the 23rd of March the Sliabh Beagh Artists once again created a magical evening of quality rural arts for everyone to enjoy.
The Lakes of Light event was a tremendous success with over 350 people in attendance. As darkness approached people gathered at Killyfole Lake and were greeted by the stunning harmonies of Tully. Continue reading “Lakes of Light”
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.
Continue reading “Fermanagh Film Club”
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?
Continue reading “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”