Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Long Stone and Other Treasure's Launch

The launch of our new anthology 'The Long Stone and Other Treasure's' will be Wednesday 10 September 2014 in Wicklow Library from 6p.m. to 8p.m. looking forward to it!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Finishing up for the Summer!


As we are closing for the Summer months, we had a final get together at the National Library of Ireland and were guided throughout  'The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats' Exhibition by a member of their staff. We were also treated to a viewing of the reading room upstairs in the Library where we could locate a copy of our previous publications! We concluded the outing with a lovely meal in the Dairy Restaurant, Phil Healy's Bar. This is where we met up with the other Members of the Wicklow Writers who could not make the earlier part of the day.
Our final Writers session was this evening and we hope to be active again on 1st September 2014. In the meantime, if you want to contact us or see what we're about please check out our facebook page or contact us via email.
Look out for our e-book, The Long Stone and Other Treasures due to be published soon.
In the meantime, have a great Summer!

Monday, May 19, 2014

COSMIC POETRY - Sunday 25 May 2014 at 12 noon

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the Cosmic Poetry open mic poetry event this Sunday 25 May 2014 at 12 noon. Come Along, bring your friends and your poetry to the Cosmic Garden, An Tairseach Ecology Centre (beside Dominican College) and see what it's all about. This event is in connection with the Wicklow Arts Festival that is taking place in Wicklow town from Friday 23 May until 25 May. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

EASTER  PARADE by Nora Fleming

As I gaze into the mirror
A voice whispers in my ear
A reminder of my debut
Bliss, emotion and a tear,
Staring into each shop window
Admiring Easter Bonnets
Primrose yellow my first choice
With all the frills upon it.


Marching with the big Grand Marshal
To the drumming of the beat,
Flags blow gently in the breeze
From the lampposts on the street.
I feel like I am dreaming
It all seems so surreal,
Drums beat louder, we march along,
It’s true, “The dream is real”

Nora Fleming

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Once

A soldier of The Great War


I was a soldier once 
Now a bright white stone
I was a squaddie
Marching in step
Now I stand in line
Straight serried rank
I was a village lad
Laughing with the boys
Having a harvest beer
Now I stand forever
With my mates
No beer no harvest
Only the reaping of the dead
A generation cropped
Short before its bloom






Martin Swords
March 2014
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Last Monday's Session

Ted chaired last weeks meeting (31 March 2014) and introduced a favourite poet of his to the group. Taylor Mali is an American poet who focuses on performance as well as content. We listened to two of his poem's 'What Teahers Make' and  'The the Impotence of Proof Reading'. The latter was my favourite and was very comical. Well worth a listen or a look!

So this weeks homework is different for each member. We shook up a dice with icons on Ted's Ipad (!) and each of us chose an icon on which to write. There was a key, a tree and a magnifying glass, to name a few. I chose the magnifying glass. As I may not be able to make this Monday nights class I decided I would put my homework up here. Hope you enjoy!

Magnifying Glass by Ruth Moore

'When things seem blurred and clustered 
And my mind can't focus right. 
I take out my trusty spy glass
To help me with my sight. 

It's round and circular dimension
Seals off the unnecessary
And it identifies and focuses
What really matters to me. 

It takes what is important
And brings it to the fore. 
It leaves behind the jargle, 
The white noise and uproar. 

Your mood at the time of using
Should not be one of disdain.
As a heated heart may sometimes
Start an unwanted flame. '


Saturday, March 29, 2014

'Toyota - the best Built Car in the World!'

Nora sent me this poem to pop on the blog on her behalf. It was written some time ago as a suggestion by Eddie to write something a little light-hearted and comical. After some great feedback, Nora sent it into Toyota. They were delighted. As Nora's car will be a classic next year, Toyota have kept it on record for reference.  ; )

THE BEST BUILT CAR IN THE WORLD by Nora Fleming 

'That year has flown', the postman remarks,
'Your little Starlet is now due it's NCT'. 
''Thanks, Pat. I was expecting that, it is always due
around mid -January''.
I drove her up to the tap and untangled the hose,
I gave her a facelift as the frost chilled my nose,
I took off the hub-caps and washed her all down,
Soon she'll be bound for old Arklow Town.

I started her up and checked all the lights,
next, oil and water, the brand that she likes. 
We flew over the hill and down in the fog, 
Passed the young jobless out for their jog. 
Arrived at the centre and paid up my fee, 
Pulled into the queue 'til a space became free. 
'Drive her up on the ramp', the man said politely.
''Thank you'' I said, my heart thumping slightly. 

I watched her being driven along very slow, 
Between a Nissan, an Audi and a nice new Polo, 
Then she was hoisted right up in the air,
And a lady beside me looked up in despair.
'Oh! I'm sorry' she said, 'I have to go to the loo!'
And I have to admit I was a bit shaken too,
Then I thought "Sure it's only a car",
Nineteen years old and brilliant so far. 

A handsome fellow looked out through the door. 
Someone said 'Who are you looking for?'
In his soft Polish voice he said '95 Starlet' 
Not sure of his accent my face went all scarlet. 
'The Starlet'he repeated, and I said 'Yes, that's me!'
'Everything is fine, m'am.' and he gave me the key. 
'The Polo failed!', the lady disputed loudly.
Happily I smiled and said goodbye proudly. 

So folks if you're thinking of changing your car, 
For one that will pass the NCT
The Toyota's the one, it will never go wrong. 
There's no other as good, it's plain to see. 
Mine is nineteen years old a dream to behold,
Sure 'You'll have it forever', they say. 
She did me so proud, I feel up on a cloud. 
And she proved it all here on this day.
TOYOTA
'THE BEST BUILT CAR IN THE WORLD!'