Monday, November 28, 2016

BOOK LAUNCH - SHORT - A CRUMBLY COLLECTION OF FICTION FROM WICKLOW WRITERS


You are invited to the launch of our new book:
'SHORT - A CRUMBLY COLLECTION OF FICTION FROM WICKLOW WRITERS'. 
When? WEDNESDAY, 14th December 2016 @ 7.30pm
Where? Upstairs in Phil Healys Pub, Main street, Wicklow Town. 
We'll be providing a few Tapas for you to enjoy while you indulge in the delights of the book and some refreshments to celebrate. 
Come join us - 'Short - A Crumbly Collection of Fiction... ' will make a great stocking filler for your nearest and dearest!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Supporting Fellow Writers

We are delighted to support Gorey Writers, when a number of our members will attend their book launch on Thursday 03 November 2016. Their new book 'Fledglings - An Anthology' will be launched in Gorey Library, Gorey, Co. Wexford.

Reminder - we will be meeting this Monday evening 24 October however we will not be meeting Halloween night as it is a bank holiday.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

We're Already Back !

Wicklow Writers are back with our new season! We returned last Monday 12 September, at 7.30pm in Kilmantin Arts, Bridge Street, Wicklow Town and will be meeting every Monday except Bank holidays. 
The highlight of last year's season was the launch of our long term member Nora Fleming's book ‘Threads of Silence’.This event was in Ashford's Community and Heritage Centre earlier this year was attended by over 200 of Nora’s friends and  family, and members of Wicklow Writers.
Photos below!
Wicklow Writers  are currently in the process of publishing our latest book, a collection of short stories from members, to be published later this year.
New members are most welcome - call in or message us on Facebook for any further details. 
See us on Facebook – Wicklow Writers





Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Welcome Back ! Our gatherings resume Monday12 September 2016!

So as the summer days come to a close and the days become shorter, a new term of writing begins.

When?
Monday 12 September at 7:30pm and every Monday thereafter (excluding bank holidays)

Where?
Kilmantin Arts, Bridge Street, Wicklow.

Who?
The regular crowd ! BUT we love new faces and ideas... So if you're interested in any type of writing, be it poetry, short stories, novels... Then call in on Monday evening and we'll provide you with a chair and a desk.
Or drop us an email or a message on our Facebook page.

Hopefully we'll see you there!

Wicklow Writers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Timeless Skill for the Win

The following is a poem written by Wicklow Writers Member Nora Fleming.  She was awarded 1st prize for Original Poem and was presented with "The Mary Myler Memorial Perpetual Cup"  in the Arklow Feis.  Here's Nora with the cup, and below is a picture of the Subject of the poem, Tailor Michael Johnson.  Congratulation to Nora!
Nora with 'The Mary Myler Memorial Perpetual Cup'.






















Timeless Skill

He works alone, sixth generation,
placing the manikins for display
once a thriving family business
the master tailor prepares for a long day.
Through the plate glass window
hot rays of a welcome spring sun shine,
today he has a final fitting
a bespoke suit for a man of distinction.
After years of tireless hand sewing
his index finger bears all the
hallmarks of a pin cushion.
Once feet and inches
Now metres and centimetres
once Singer sewing machines
now automated industrial models.
His forebears turned out twenty suits a year
this three-piece tweed, lovingly crafted, only his fourth this year.
He checks his stitching, slope of the shoulder,
and waits
the most important customer of his life
the most important suit he’s ever made
an inaugural suit of honour
fit for a President.

-Nora Fleming

Michael Johnson, Master Tailor



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Merry Christmas & a Safe New Year!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Joyful New Year! We will be back in action on Monday 11 January 2016 at the usual place , Kilmantin Arts Centre, Bridge Str., Wicklow Town at the usual time,  7.30pm.
Make it a New Years resolution and put pen to paper and let your thoughts or ideas flow!
See you then
Wicklow Writers! :)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Homework for Monday 9 November 2015 and The White Cow of Derrynane!

So the home work for the Monday night 9 November 2015 is to choose a poem by Patrick Kavanagh and a poem by Mary Oliver and bring them to the Monday evening class to critique/ analyse.

Carolann Murphy ;)


Our very own Martin Swords had the opportunity to visit Women's Writing Group and The Poetry Group at Kenmare Arts Centre. Here is a piece written by Martin Swords that was inspired by his visit.

The White Cow of Derrynane

The White Cow stood
Silently watching
The thatch pulled to ground
The ram smash the gable down
The tears and wails of women and childer
The White Cow watched

The White Cow of Derrynane
Stood quiet hearing
The American Wake
The long journey’s start
To Cobh, to New York, one way
The White Cow saw them going

The White Cow of Derrynane
Stood quiet gazing
As the Liberation coach
Rolled roughly past driven
By hopes and well wishes
To a Parliament of promises
The White Cow watched
It return empty

The White Cow of Derrynane
Watched perplexed
A coach of black, feathered, ribboned
A Liberator, liberated
Of earthly toil unfinished
The White Cow heard the wails
The keen tears as before
The White Cow of Derrynane
Stood watching as brother
Ambushed brother both
Thinking to set the White Cow free
The White Cow needs them both
If she is to survive
But they have killed each other
The White Cow knows

The White Cow of Derrynane
Hears of messages
Words and pictures from far away
Places unknown to the White Cow
The young are gone and going
The old cannot manage not
The White Cow nor the messages
The White Cow cannot understand yet
Has seen its like before
And feels a hunger coming
To the White Cows of Derrynane

Martin Swords
Wicklow Writers
Written in Kenmare and Derrynane National Park
Sept 2015