Getting ready for the performance:
A few members beside the river:
Yesterday afternoon, during Heritage Open Days , Fermanagh Creative Writing Group took up residence in Enniskillen Castle Museum’s Barrack Storeroom. We had a great time hosting an Open Mic Afternoon for writers – and listeners were eagerly invited in. Many of our members read their work and we also welcomed several other writers from the local area who shared stories and poems with us,
including authors Seamas MacAnnaidh and Rosemary Gilchrist.
Writers and members of the public (some of whom dropped in while they were visiting the museum) all enjoyed the afternoon.
Mindful of this, our member Gordon Williams restricted himself to several 50 word stories to kick off the readings. We heard funny poems, serious poems, epic poems and the whole gamut of short stories too. The audience never knew what to expect next when a writer stepped up to the podium but they were never disappointed.
Holed up inside on a rainy afternoon we needed sustenance to fortify us before we stepped up to the mike. So we had a table laden with caffeine fixes (tea and coffee) and an assortment of nibbles that included sweet sushi, loads of biscuits, wheat free cake and very sticky, gooey cake. The health conscious and sugar junkies were all catered for.
In this week’s Impartial Reporter short story, A Take On Living In Enniskillen, Peter Byrne offers an insight into the complexity of living in the town to a perplexed tourist who has ancestral connections to Northern Ireland.
As a native of Dublin who has lived in Fermanagh for many years Peter has had ample opportunity to observe his adopted home. His natural storytelling ability makes it difficult to tell where the truth stops and fiction begins.