That Was Night Airs 2014

A blend of poetry and music with writers and musicians from Skerries and from further afield

Skerries Mills, 23 September 2014

Ardgillan Writers, Skerries Women’s Writing Group. Darren Hughes and guests and The Poetry Divas / MC for the evening: Enda Coyle-Greene

A highly enjoyable night which saw many local poets, singers, musicians on stage – the house was full, and the audience visibly enjoyed listening to the variety of music and poetry being played. This evening gave a great opportunity to writers to share their work in public, and we overheard many great conversations prompted by what was heard in the course of the night. The visitors from Kildare, Dundalk and Dublin  added a certain touch of glamour to the night – you can easily recognise them in the photographs by their feather boas. Local musicians surprised those of us who don’t get to hear such music enough with their skill and the beauty of their music. Darren Hughes had pulled together a number of people, as had Enda Coyle-Greene, and Darren mesmerised the audience with his honest and open poetry and songs.  Enda provided an elegant link between the various parts of the evening, as well as reading some of her beautiful and evocative poetry.

The precursor to the evening was the Words and Music night in Joe May’s during Soundwaves 2013, a much more intimate event put together by Darren as well, with Enda Coyle-Greene and Marie Bashford Synnott. This experiment proved so successful and charming that for 2014, a larger venue (and slightly different concept) was chosen. There certainly is an audience for poetry & music events in Skerries, and the talent, too – so here’s hoping for many more such nights!

Some photographs:

Picture credits: Michael McKenna, Skerries Camera Club; Donal Greene (b&w).

Unfortunately we didn’t catch some of the names, so if you could get in touch with us  to fill in any blanks here, that would be great!

Taking part:

Ardgillan Writers Group is in existence since the late 1990s.It has a core membership of 25 to 30 mixed gender. To date the group has published two anthologies – POEMS for 2005 and Voices From the Green Room. Some members have succeeded in being published in various journals and broadsheets, and two members are published in their own right.

Ardgillan writers group meet every Saturday morning from 10.30am, in a friendly atmosphere where they encourage each other in their writing skills. New members are always welcome. When readings are finished there is a TEA-COFFEE-BISCUIT break.

Skerries Women’s Writing Group was founded in 1985 and has gone from strength to strength. This community-based group aims to encourage its members to develop their writing skills and also seeks to take its writings to the public.

As well as publishing their own anthologies, members have published in journals and have performed their work on radio and at festivals throughout the country. Current and past members have been prize-winners and shortlisted in national and international writing competitions such as OZ. Whitehead, Francis McManus, P.J.O’Connor, Hennessy Awards, the Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Bealtaine Festival, among others, and have been invited to partake in writing workshops in TCD, UCD and the Writers’ Centre in Dublin.

Darren Hughes is a local singer-songwriter and poet and has performed at Soundwaves twice in the past. He contributed an eclectic selection of poetry and song.  accompanying himself on guitar, and was joined by Anita Doolan, who will read some of her own poetry.

The fabulous Poetry Divas Collective are a glittery group of poets who read their own material at events and festivals all over Ireland including Leonard Cohen Festival, Electric Picnic, Féile na Bealtaine, Dromineer Literary Festival and Kildare Readers Festival. Each line-up and show is different, blended to the occasion but they guarantee a deliciously infectious show that’s bound to touch a nerve and blur the wobbly boundariesbetween page and stage. The Divas include Kate Dempsey, Maeve O’Sullivan, Barbara Smith and Triona Walsh.

The MC for the night was Enda Coyle-Greene. Enda was a member of Skerries Women’s Writing Group for a long time. In latter years she has been involved with Ardgillan Writers as their Writer in Residence. She was one of the performers at last year’s Words and Music evening, one of the best-received events of Soundwaves 2013.