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.
9 January 2024