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Tuesday, 8th January 2019

Drogheda Creative Writers plan for the year ahead

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Poet and historian Michael Farry who is the guest of Drogheda Creative Writers Group on January 28.

After a successful revival year in 2018, Drogheda Creative Writers will commence its fortnightly meetings again on January 14th at 7.30pm in Sarsfields Pub, Chord Road.

To top the usual readings and discussions, Brian Quinn will remind members of the achievements of one of the big names of Victorian times but not often mentioned these days – Alfred Lord Tennyson.

“He was a master of poetic skills”, says Brian, “like alliteration and onomatopoeia. We have a lot to learn from him even if we don’t share his sentimentality and romanticism.”

Then on January 28th comes the group’s first Open Mic of the year with guest poet Michael Farry. All writers and poets are welcome to listen and read from their own work.

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Michael, a native of Sligo but living in Meath, is a retired teacher, a poet and a historian. He was a founding member of Boyne Writers Group in Trim and edited its magazine Boyne Berries.

He has had two poetry collection published, Asking for Directions, by Doghouse Books, Tralee, in 2012 and The Age of Glass, by Revival Press, Limerick in June 2017. His poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the UK, America, Israel, India, Australia and Canada and poems of his have won prizes in competitions.  His history book, Sligo, The Irish Revolution 1912-1923, was published in 2012 by Four Courts Press, Dublin.

Plans are in hand for a full programme of meetings and activities in 2019 including celebration of National Poetry Day and Culture Night as well as taking part in the Fleadh Cheoil again and publishing an anthology.

Meetings are on the second and fourth Monday of every month in the Living Room Bar at Sarsfields Pub and new members are always welcome.

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