Sunday, June 7, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival Day 3 - Sunday 7 June 2020

11am: "Tips on How to Sustain a Flourishing Writing Practice" - Clinic by Anne Tannam in which she explores ways to help writers sustain their writing practice. 




4pm: Anne Tannam launches "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 followed by a reading from the collection by the author. 



"Troubles" may be purchased on the Revival Press website or on Michael Farry's blog.


6pm: Close of Festival with Some Poet Friends who have had long associations with Boyne Berries, including Carolyne Van Der Meer, Kate Dempsey and Maurice Devitt, reading their poems from the recently published Boyne Berries - The Covid Issue.



Carolyne Van Der Meer's Motherlode, Journeywoman.


8pm: Open Mic on Zoom with Rachel Coventry as MC.




End of Trim Poetry Festival 2020. 
See you all in March 2021!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival : Day 2: Saturday 6 June 2020


10am:  Online workshop by festival poet-in-residence Anne Tannam. 


11.30am: Celebrating Boyne Berries Covers. Slideshows highlighting the striking Boyne Berries magazine covers designed by Greg Hastings (2007-2014) 



and by Rory O'Sullivan (2014-2020).



3pm: Readings by members of local writers groups.


Introduction by Frances Browne, secreatary of Boyne Writers Group.



The Bull’s Arse Group, Navan

Frank Murphy of Meath Writers Circle


LitLab, the Cavan/Meath Writers Group. 

For more information about the latest LitLab anthology, Where You May Find Yourself , edited by Anthony J Quinn (2019), see the group's website here.

5pm: Results of the Trim Poetry Competition 2020


Introduction by judge Orla Fay. Readings by the winner, the runners up and the seven other shortlisted poets. 



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. 





Friday, June 5, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival - Friday 5 June 2020

Festival Opening and Welcome
by Boyne Writers chair Michael Farry, Welcome to Trim by Noel French, chair of Trim Municipal District and by Trim Tourist Network.



Launch of Boyne Berries 27 
by editor, Orla Fay and readings by contributors Gerard Smyth, Felicity McCarthy, John D Kelly, Lorraine Carey, Peter Goulding and Sinéad MacDevitt.




Readings by contributors Maria Isakova Bennett, Glenn Hubbard, Mark Ward, Elizabeth McGeown, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Kate Ennals and Kevin Graham.



Readings by contributors Polly Richardson, Richard W Halperin, Peter Adair, Marc Gijsemans, Honor Duff and Anne Callan.



Readings by contributors Orla Fay, Arthur Broomfield, Frances Browne, Eamon Cooke, K S Moore and Linda Ibbotson.


Readings by contributors Liam McNevin and Michael Farry.



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, Trim tourism Network, 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.

11.30am Celebrating Boyne Berries Covers. Slideshows highlighting the striking covers designed by Greg Hastings and Rory O'Sullivan for Boyne Berries magazine.

3pm 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. 

5pm 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 writers 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.

Winner: 
Patrick Lodge, UK for his poem Postcard from Symi

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

Shortlisted
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.