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Hearty Congratulations to David Horn

Highly commended for the Fish Flash Fiction prize for his piece “Down Mexico Way” – well done David! Look forward to reading the anthology…

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Order! Order!

We wrote an animal-metaphor poem in my poetry group last week. Here’s my take, hot off the press:

ORDER! ORDER!


It's feeding time in the Mother of Parliaments,

words hurled from backbench

to bench and back again,

an orgy of guffaws,

biting, nit-picking, backslapping, chittering.


The Silverback shakes his dominance mace,

thunders his deep-chested roar:

Order! Order!

But these are no gentle, familial Gorillas;

the rowdy ones are not the listeners.


They deafen silence,

these feral Chimpanzees,

shrieking, bickering, screeching.

Hear, Here, they howl. Me, Me.

Look at me. Look at me.

OOPS – CORRECT DATE: May 26, Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth @ The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton

Be inspired to write by the landscapes and borders, Prince Connells Grave Kiltycloghermythologies and megaliths of Leitrim and the North West. Four one day workshops at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, led by Monica Corish. €30 / single workshop; €100 / 4 workshops

  • Bealtaine: Sun May 26 2019, 10:30 – 16:30
  • Lunasa: Sun, Aug 11 2019, 10:00 – 18:00
  • Samhain: Sun, Nov 3 2019, 10:30 – 16:30
  • Imbolc: Sun, Feb 2 2020, 10:30 – 16:30

 

An Cailleach Bhéara Rob Hurson Flickr

 

Places limited, advance booking required.

To book, contact info@theglenscentre.com / (071) 9855833.

Supported by the Glens Centre, the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.

 

 

CORRECTION: May 26, Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth: Glens Centre, Manorhamilton

Prince Connells Grave KiltyclogherBe inspired to write by the landscapes and borders, mythologies and megaliths of Leitrim and the North West. Four one day workshops at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, led by Monica Corish. €30 / single workshop; €100 / 4 workshops

  • Bealtaine: Sun May 26 2019, 10:30 – 16:30
  • Lunasa: Sun, Aug 11 2019, 10:00 – 18:00
  • Samhain: Sun, Nov 3 2019, 10:30 – 16:30
  • Imbolc: Sun, Feb 2 2020, 10:30 – 16:30

 

An Cailleach Bhéara Rob Hurson Flickr

 

Places limited, advance booking required.

To book, contact info@theglenscentre.com / (071) 9855833.

Supported by the Glens Centre, the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.

 

 

Carnality for Creative Writers

Tom Sigafoos

Carnality sits at the root of the show-don’t-tell edict that every writing teacher harps on all the time, because it works. By carnal, I mean, Can you apprehend it through the five senses? In writing a scene, you must help the reader employ smell and taste and touch as well as image and noise. The more carnal a writer’s nature, the better she’ll be at this, and there are subcategories according to the senses. A great glutton can evoke the salty bite of pastrami on black rye; the sex addict will excel at smooth flesh; the one with a painterly eye visual beauty, etc. Every memoir should brim over with the physical experiences that once streamed in—the smell of garlicky gumbo, your hand in an animal’s fur, the ocean’s phosphor lighting up bodies underwater all acid green. Of all memoir’s five elements, carnality is the most primary and necessary and—luckily…

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Roddy Doyle in Donegal

Tom Sigafoos

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On February 11, author and Fighting Words founder Roddy Doyle visited Bundoran. He sat in on a creative writing workshop with students from Holy Family National School, and he met with a group of prospective volunteers. His visit was covered in two articles in the Donegal Democrat. Following his visit, eleven new volunteers signed up to support Fighting Words North West.

Ocean FM recorded an interview about Roddy’s visit on the Arts House show. My interview is included in the first 12 minutes of the podcast.

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“A purified nonfiction narrative…to illuminate the world…”

Marvellous book, marvellous writing…

Tom Sigafoos

annie dillardIn her introduction to Encounters with Chinese Writers, Annie Dillard writes, “These are only glimpses, not portraits; their subject is not China, and not even entirely Chinese writers, but a few vivid, equivocal moments in the days of some of earth’s people in the twentieth century. What interests me here, and elsewhere, is the possibility for a purified nonfiction narration – a kind of Chekhovian storytelling which might illuminate the actual world with a delicate light – coupled with humor in the American tradition and no comment.”

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Roddy Doyle to Celebrate Fighting Words North West in Bundoran on Monday 11 Feb

Tom Sigafoos

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Author and Fighting Words co-founder Roddy Doyle will visit the Bundoran Community Library on Monday, 11 Feb to recruit new volunteers for Fighting Words North West. All members of the public are invited.

Roddy will be here to celebrate the first full year of Fighting Words creative writing workshops in the North West. He will speak at the Bundoran Library from 2:00 to 3:30 on Monday.

In 2018, Fighting Words North West led creative-writing workshops for students from schools in Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Creevy, Killygordan, Kinlough, and Belleek. Fighting Words volunteers come from Donegal, Leitrim, and Sligo.

For additional information contact northwest@fightingwords.ie

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