Sunny Saturday last the day kicked off with a sat nav cock up that sent me on a tour-de-Bray in search of St. Colman’s School. It was the venue of a poetry workshop was being held as part of Bray Literary Festival. Led by Belfast poets Colin Dardis and Geraldine O’Kane, it took place in a colourful classroom that bore more posters and bunting than Ireland in Italia ’90. It was genuinely the most colourful classroom I’d ever set foot in.
Colin and Ger had clearly put a lot of planning into the workshop and it was arranged wonderfully. I’ll look out for more of their workshops in the future.
Afterwards, I hopped into the car and spun into town to head to a seminar on Sports in War in Pearse St Library. It was scheduled as part of Dublin’s Festival of History and had a wonderful line up thanks to the stewardship of historian Cormac Moore. It featured some great talks ranging from the impact of the War on the GAA to its effects on horse racing. Every talk was as interesting as the next.
When Wednesday came around, I took a poetry workshop in UCD with the lovely Irish-Australian poet Robyn Rowland. Incidentally, she was also covering war as the theme of her workshop. It was another very well prepared session with ample time for discussion and writing. She even took the time to go and pick us up coffees while we worked on our poetry. A lovely touch that reminded me of the time Doireann Ní Ghríofa made us coffees at her workshop during the Hillsborough Festival.
Thursday night saw me take a trip in the lashing rain to Trim for the launch of Boyne Berries Magazine. I had a piece of work published in it which I read on the night as well as enjoying some wonderful poetry read by other contributors. The following morning I got good news that I was to have a short story published in Dodging The Rain. What a nice way to wrap up the week!
By the time Saturday came round, it was a case of full circle, as I headed to Baileborough for another poetry workshop. Held as part of Baileborough Poetry Festival, Ends Wyley’s class in Baileborough library was most enjoyable. Again, as with the other poetry workshops in the week, the group was lovely and I very much enjoyed taking part. All in all, it was a week of insights and inspiration.