Here’s a few more photos from our evening in Blakes on St Patrick’s Eve:
Here’s a few more photos from our evening in Blakes on St Patrick’s Eve:
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Last weekend Fermanagh Writers participated in the FLive Festival, performing on Friday afternoon at the Ardhowen Theatre and on Saturday lunchtime at the Bridge Centre in the Presbyterian Church. Both sessions were lively and members of the audience praised the performers afterwards.
Our Chair, Tony Brady, tell us about the performance at the Ardhowen Theatre:
Friday 3rd October 2014 was a day for me to take a step back as John Monaghan had organised a line up of 13 from our poets and prose writers. I arrived early at what must be one of the most beautifully positioned theatres in the whole of Ireland. The Long Bar was the venue and I joined the audience while Bob Baird, of The Flive organising committee, finessed the essential in situ arrangements and made the Introduction.
First to read was John Monaghan: his two poems, Hobnobs and Wisdom Tooth, were remembered mouth watering pleasure and painful surgery. Bob Baird then regaled with An Australian Tale – not a shaggy dog story, more a black sheep fable. A change of mood came with Jenny Brien introducing a classical Irish mythic tone with her saga The Calf. Our imaginations were then carried to France by John Llewellyn James as a Paris weekend there, was described in a risqué poem Elodie. Next up came Kitty: shy, retiring, she was propelled to the lectern by collective encouragement and gave an assured performance of two poems: “On the back of his phone call…” and These Hands.
Kathy May followed with a questioning poem – Betrothal – seeking undying promises, and an emotionally lacerating poem, Inside of A Cell, invoking scenes of mental illness. Humour was expected and welcome as May Morris followed intoning Hey Diddle Diddle with its subtle hint of drug taking and a contrasting taste of cheeky bedroom hanky-panky in Kathy and Liam.
A mix of nature, dreams, poultry and hints of les liaisons
dangereuse/amoureuse were poetry conveyed in 4 poems recited by Teresa Kane. Pinned viewed a butterfly trapped in a jar. Wake Me was a call to be aware of beauty in natural surroundings while Porcelain Eggs recalled, not without a sting, tactile seeking and finding. Finally, her poem Shadows characterised a sensual, coquette, temptress; all come and get me; vampish but seductively ambivalent while being attractive/repellent simultaneously.
An example of theatrical Military Action Poetry was next presented by “Corporal” Tony Viney. His Rudyard Kipling inspired monologue Fuzzy Wuzzy blended 19th century British army discipline with contemporary Taliban activity in present day Afghanistan. Very appropriate for a theatre event, Tony was in army uniform, parade ground boots and topped by an authentic battle field helmet. There’s a medal (yet uncast) for this performance reprised from the Ballinamallard Festival.
Barrack square pitch changed to dulcet toned level when Trish Bennett recited her funny Cleaning with Parrot’s Help and contrasted it with an ironic funereal poem Boxed Up. She continued with Magic Aid and completed with Sweet Spot – a poem which she could have just composed on the spot; so redolent it was of the view visible from the room’s panoramic windows.
One of our prize winning poets, Mary McElroy no less, and in person from the lectern, commanded the audience’s rapt attention with varying emotional and visual themes in 3 of her poems: Hands – The Uninvited – Blind. William Shakespeare was next: in a manner of speaking that is, for Jennie Brien skilfully reworked into modern, innovative idiom 4 sonnets by the immortal Bard. Lots more favourite and famous poets were liberally name-checked in Frankie McPhillips original vignette Beautiful Bundoran. His seaside reverie/elegy contained a skilfully interwoven pastiche of W.B Yeat’s poem The Lake Isle of Innishfree.
Any further thoughts about “I will arise and go now…” were banished as Dianne Trimble recited her amusing poem Yer Man followed by But I’m Here. Then a change of tone in Barbed Boundary, subtle hints of a rural interface there. Two further offerings were When Haymaking’s Done and the second, one of her published poems: The Thing on a String.
This appreciative member was then called from the reserves bench, and recited three poems from Fermanagh Writer’s Seamus Heaney Tribute booklet by three contributors who were unable to attend. Death of a Hero by Ken Ramsey. The Unexpected by Rosemary Bland. Looking Upstream by John D. Kelly.
John Monaghan’s arrangement of the overall variety of contributions was inspired. Among the audience were the Director of the Flive Festival, Evelyn Hassard accompanied by Rosie & Nicholas Watts. I just cannot resist by ending this overview with a touch of luvviedom: Darlings! You were wonderful! Simply Divine!
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John James reflects on Fermanagh Writers’ contribution to Happy Days, Enniskillen’s first Beckett Festival:
Cobbling together a name at the last minute for our session on the Fringe, was a challenge in itself, all the best ideas seemed to have been snapped up by other events. However our dish seemed to entice an interested and appreciative audience from the local community and guests from further afield.
Our Chair Tony Viney compered the event and began proceedings with a thoughtful environmental prose symbiotically attached to a cultural classic. He was followed by the quiet man of Fermanagh, Dermot Maguire, with thoughtful and topical pieces. The high priest of poetic perambulations, John Kelly, followed with a selection of tongue-twisting, mind-expanding linguistic gymnastics. John Llewelyn James came out of his shell, channelling a voice of rage and bitterness, delivering a broadside against pretension. Mariette our matriarch, told a story about a rogue that was quintessentially Irish, but echoed a multitude of similar characters in other cultures, therefore it spoke to everyone.
We had a beautiful musical interlude provided by Ben and Sarah,and Daniel our thanks to them for coming and taking part. After the break, Tony Viney pulled another ‘Flatlake’ on Pete and delivered a thoughtful, if a little sacrilegious, satire on a difficult and emotion-laden issue. At last, Pete Byrne from the nether regions of Dublin, gave us a comical, self-effacing memoir on his, well, nether regions. Dianne Trimble calmed proceedings down, with a gentle reflection of times gone by, that still have a lot to teach us about how we are today. We finished with more from John Kelly, l eaving the audience lifted and buzzing with thoughts and ideas of their own.
Our thanks go to the festival organisers for creating a fertile environment for our presentation and to the all the people at Russell & Donnelly, who helped make the day happen.
A Poet’s Place, a collection of poems about where they live by writers across Northern Ireland was launched in Belfast on Saturday, 30th June. The poems were brought together into a book by Community Arts Partnership. Six of our members are included in the anthology: Dermot Maguire, John Kelly, Diane Jardel, Tammy Swift, John James and Angela McCabe.
John James captures the poignant details of an ordinary life in his poem Love In A Minor Key in the Impartial Reporter this week. The poem was inspired by Spiegel im Spiegil (Mirror in Mirror) by Arvo Part.