Friday, May 15, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival Online

Trim Poetry Festival was postponed in March and because it seems very unlikely that there will be an opportunity to hold it later this year we have decided to hold an online version over the week-end of 5-7 June. It will be held as a Facebook event and also published on this blog

Here is the programme. 

Friday 5 June 
6pm Welcome by Noel French, chair of Trim Municipal District and Boyne Writers Group chair, Michael Farry 
Launch of Boyne Berries 27 by editor Orla Fay. 
Readings by a number of contributors to Boyne Berries 27. 

Saturday 6 June 10am 
Online workshop by festival poet-in-residence Anne Tannam. 
This free course is now booked out. See the clinic details below which also includes an email address should you wish to inquire about other Anne Tannam workshops.

1pm Readings by members of local writers groups including 
Frank Murphy of Meath Writers Circle, Polly Richardson and members of the Bull’s Arse group, Navan and members of LitLab, the Cavan/Meath Writers Group. 

3pm Trim Poetry Competition 2020. 
Introduction by judge Orla Fay. Readings by the winner, the runners up and the shortlisted poets. See results already published in the Trim Poetry Competition Results 2020 page below or at the side.

7pm Poetry Reading by Anne Tannam
Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two published collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon Poetry 2017) and Take This Life (WordOnTheStreet 2011). Her third, Twenty-six Letters of a New Alphabet, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in summer 2020. 

Sunday 7 June 
11am "Tips on How to Sustain a Flourishing Writing Practice" - Clinic by Anne Tannam.  During this clinic, which will take the form of a pre-recorded video, Anne will explore ways to help poets to sustain their writing practice. 

4pm Launch of "Troubles" by Michael Farry. 
Launch of Michael Farry’s new poetry collection, “Troubles” by Anne Tannam. Welcome by the publisher Dominic Taylor of Revival Press. Reading from the collection by the author. 

6pm Some poet friends who have had long associations with Boyne Berries, including Carolyne Van Der Meer, Kate Dempsey and Maurice Devitt, read their poems from the recently published Boyne Berries - The Covid Issue.

8pm Open Mic on Zoom. Rachel Coventry, the MC, will open this fifteen minutes before start and people can register to read on a first come basis. Five minutes each. More details here closer to the time.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Trim Poetry Competition 2020 Results

Unfortunately Trim Poetry Festival 2020 has been postponed and with it the Trim Poetry Competition prize-giving. We hope to run the competition and the prize-giving later in the year. But we are announcing the winner and runners-up and they have received their prizes.

Patrick Lodge, UK for his poem Postcard from Symi

Maeve McKenna, Sligo for her poem Tree Felling at Lissadell
Matt Hohner, USA for his poem Bearing the Weight of Light

Bird's Eye View by Catherine Conlon, Kildare.
In the Darkroom by John D Kelly, Fermanagh.
Light Rail by David Butler, Wicklow.
Little Snowdrops by Martin Sykes, Mayo.
Mizpah Ring, Man's, circa 1902 by Maria Isakova Bennett, UK.
Nature Lesson by Marian Brannigan, Louth.
Talking in Pictures by Karen O'Connor, Kerry.

Congratulations to the winner, the runners-up , the shortlisted and all who supported the competition.
Thanks also to judges, Orla Fay and Michael Farry.

Below Patrick Lodge reads his prizewinning poem

Postcard from Symi

On an arid island where every building
appeared to float on a cellar of water
and the sound of summer was the lazy
rhythm of cisterna pumps kicking in,
anything is possible. Such as the two
ranks of people, jittery as the waves
that brought them finally to this sunbaked
quay or will whisk them away for a day. 
Skittish, as if about to start a sousta simiaki
to the music leaking out of a taberna, all wait
for a leader to sort the next sinuous steps.
A bright-eyed policewoman strides forward.

The figure of a snake priestess in a hi-viz,
she opens her arms, seems to grasp the two lines,
keeps them apart, until, one, complaining, shuffles
under the Schengen portal: daybags packed,
passports waving a valedictory curse to the god
of delight deferred. Ahead, the Turquoise Coast,
Marmaris, shopping heaven: silver rings,
leather goods, fake labels, fake everything.
The world’s an unreal cornucopia — those
in the other line may feel that too. Held between
then and now in the grasp of the port police they accept
water, toothpaste, nappies with shy smiles.

“I had a house”, a lady says, answering
a question no-one has asked. She says it again,
unrolls a blanket on the quayside. A punctured
inflatable expires on the rocks below,
rocking in the wash of departing tour boats.
The tide is still coming in.

Patrick Lodge

Monday, March 9, 2020

Festival Postponed

Please note that due to the current health crisis Trim Poetry Festival and all associated events, Boyne Berries launch, Poetry Competition results, launch of "Troubles", workshop etc have been postponed.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Trim Poetry Competition Shortlist 2020

Thanks to the 138 poets who entered 345 poems in the 2020 Trim Poetry Competition. Entries came from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Wales, UK and USA.

The standard was very high and judging difficult. Finally the two judges, Orla Fay and Michael Farry, have announced the shortlist.

These poems will be included in Boyne Berries 27 to be launched on 13 March 2020 at Trim Poetry Festival and the winner and two runners-up will be announced the following evening.

SHORTLIST (in alphabetical order)

Bearing the Weight of Light by Matt Hohner, USA.
Bird's Eye View by Catherine Conlon, Kildare.
In the Darkroom by John D Kelly, Fermanagh.
Light Rail by David Butler, Wicklow.
Little Snowdrops by Martin Sykes, Mayo.
Mizpah Ring, Man's, circa 1902 by Maria Isakova Bennett, UK.
Nature Lesson by Marian Brannigan, Louth.
Postcard from Symi by Patrick Lodge, UK.
Talking in Pictures by Karen O'Connor, Kerry.
Tree Felling at Lissadell by Maeve McKenna, Sligo.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival 2020

Trim Poetry Festival 2020, organized by Boyne Writers Group, will take place on Friday and Saturday,13 and 14 March 2020. A poetry competition is being held in conjunction with the festival. Entries closed on February 12. A shortlist will be posted here towards the end of February 2020.


Friday 13 March

7.30pmLaunch by Trim writer, Pat Dunne, of Boyne Berries 27 and of Trim Poetry Festival 2020. Readings by contributors.

Tea & Coffee

Reading by Pat Dunne.

Pat Dunne, born in Trim, Co. Meath, is an internationally successful crime writer. Dunne studied English and Philosophy at UCD and worked as Press Officer for Bord na gCapall before joining RTÉ Radio where he produced the station’s flagship Gerry Ryan Show. He retired in 2004 to become a full-time writer. Meath’s history and heritage feature prominently in his archaeological thrillers. Dunne is also a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1 and lives in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, with his wife Theckla.    .

Saturday 14 March

10.00  12.30: 
Poetry Workshop with festival poet in residence, Anne Tannam. Cost per person, 20 euro.
Book by PayPal link on the right. 

Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon Poetry 2017) and Take This Life (WordOnTheStreet 2011). A spoken word artist, Anne has performed at festivals and events in Ireland and abroad. She is co-founder of the weekly Dublin Writers’ Forum and regularly runs literary events across Dublin. Check her website.

2.30 – 4.30: Anne Tannam individual coaching clinics. These 30 minute sessions will provide support and expert advice around whatever issue or challenge is facing you in your writing practice. Use the Book an Anne Tannam Individual Clinic Session link on the right to book a clinic.  

2.30  4.30: Readings by local Writers Groups and Open Mic. 

5.00 – 6.00: Trim Poetry Competition Results. Winner and runners-up announced. First prize €500. Two runners up prizes of €100 each. All shortlisted poets are invited to read.

7.00  7.30: Poetry reading by Anne Tannam.

7.30  8.00: Tea/Coffee break.

8.00 – 9.30: Launch of “Troubles” a new poetry collection by Boyne Writers member Michael Farry. Launch by Anne Tannam.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Trim Poetry Competition 2020

Competition Rules

This competition closed on 12 February 2020. A shortlist will be published before the end of February.

Entries are only accepted online by email to this address:

Competitors pay by PayPal on this blog on the right. Entry fee: one poem for 5 euro, three poems for 10 euro.

The poem/poems to be entered must be sent as a single attachment. The body of the email must include the PayPal transaction number, the entrant's name, address, phone number, and title/titles of the entered poems.

The poems should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, single spacing and must not exceed 60 lines (excluding title and stanza breaks). The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves. All poems must be the original work of the entrant, written in English. Poems must not have been previously published, self-published or published on a website, or broadcast. Entrants must be 18 years or over.

All poems are judged completely anonymously, and judges read all entries. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding those decisions. Current members of Boyne Writers Group are not eligible to enter.

The judges are: Orla Fay, editor of Boyne Berries, and Michael Farry, former editor of Boyne Berries.

The judges’ shortlist of ten will be announced towards the end of February 2019 and included on this blog. Shortlisted poets only will be notified by email and invited to read their poems at Trim Poetry Festival, Co. Meath, Ireland, on Saturday afternoon 14 March 2020. 

The prize for the winner is 500 euro.  Two runners-up will recieve 100 euro each. 

The prize-winner of the competition will be announced during the festival. The winner and the other short-listed poems will be published in Boyne Berries 27 which will be launched on Friday 13 March 2020..

Submission of a poem implies the competitor’s acceptance of the conditions set out above.