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Our old friends are back in town. Looking forward to these mighty Welsh characters in Carlow College, St Patrick's tomorrow. They are doing a lunchtime recital from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. They are brilliant, we can't wait. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our old friends are back in town. Looking forward to these mighty Welsh characters in Carlow College, St Patricks tomorrow. They are doing a lunchtime recital from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. They are brilliant, we cant wait.

Starting next week Dr Derek Coyle, Director of the Carlow Writers' Co-Operative, is giving a short course on the Poetry of the Great War in Wexford Library. It runs for four weeks. Participants will read closely work by Siegfried Sasson, Issac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen, Charlotte Mew, Rupert Brooke, amongst others. In this anniversary year of the ending of The Great War, we have an opportunity to examine this traumatic event's effect on poetry, just one aspect of this most transformative event in that bloody century, the 20th.This course is aimed at poets and writers, avid readers, lovers of poetry, historians, students of the war, advanced Leaving Certificate students, teachers; anyone who wishes to enhance their skills and confidence in relation to the reading of poetry.
Free and all welcome. Booking recommended: 053 9196760
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Starting next week Dr Derek Coyle, Director of the Carlow Writers Co-Operative, is giving a short course on the Poetry of the Great War in Wexford Library. It runs for four weeks. Participants will read closely work by Siegfried Sasson, Issac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen, Charlotte Mew, Rupert Brooke, amongst others. In this anniversary year of the ending of The Great War, we have an opportunity to examine this traumatic events effect on poetry, just one aspect of this most transformative event in that bloody century, the 20th.

Members of the Carlow Writers' Co-Operative are heading to Carlow County Library shortly, for the launch of 'The Library Book'!

This launch takes place in Carlow County Library on Tullow Street tonight at 7.30pm.

We are showing our support for the Carlow County Council Writer in Residence Programme, This volume has grown from a series of workshops run by the Council and hosted by the Library Service across the county.
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Members of the Carlow Writers Co-Operative are heading to Carlow County Library shortly, for the launch of The Library Book! 

This launch takes place in Carlow County Library on Tullow Street tonight at 7.30pm.

We are showing our support for the Carlow County Council Writer in Residence Programme, This volume has grown from a series of workshops run by the Council and hosted by the Library Service across the county.

We are delighted to see work by two members of the Carlow Writers' Co-Operative included in 'The Blue Nib Anthology'. Congrats to Simon Lewis and Derek Coyle. Derek Coyle's poem 'The Shoulder' was written last summer in Tranas, Sweden, when he was a writer-in-residence with Kultivera.

'Welcome to The Blue Nib Anthology 1, Poetry, June – December 2017. Dave Kavanagh and I are delighted to present this book, which we hope will be the first of a series which collects together the best of the magazine.

The Blue Nib only began in June 2017 and we are both very proud of its progress to date and look forward to producing Chapbooks 2 and 3, and the January – June, July – August anthologies for 2018. The magazine has been a great success, so thank you to all our readers, our poets and writers, and of course our subscribers. Without you, we would not be able to run competitions and award prizes and publish chapbooks and anthologies (and other books that are in the pipeline).
This feast of a book contains poems from the winners and runners up of our first Chapbook Contest – Summer/Autumn 2017, judged by Michael Blackburn.

Dave and I have also chosen a selection of poems which comprise selected works from the other contest entries and poems chosen from Issues 1 – 18 of The Blue Nib.
I chose poems that gripped me, remained in my thoughts, and impressed me with their quirkiness, passion, elegant writing and form. Dave chose work not only because it was technically exceptional, or because of its artistry, but rather because it touched him deeply. For both of us, the problem was limiting the numbers we wanted to choose, because of limitations on space.
We hope you enjoy the book as much as we have enjoyed compiling it.'

Graham Allen
Liz Balise
Alfred Booth
Jim Bourey
Gregory Broadbent
Lorraine Carey
Charles Carr
Mary Chydiriotis
Marcy Clark
Derek Coyle
Cathy Donelan
Ken Allan Dronsfield
Kate Ennals
Attracta Fahy
Barry Fentiman Hall
Jackie Gorman
Michael Griffith
Tom Hade
Chris Hardy
Seanín Hughes
D L Hume
Sarah Karowski
Derek Kannemeyer
Bridget Khursheed
Therese Kieran
Beth Kilkenny
Steve Klepetar
Klipschutz
Simon Lewis
Luiz Canha Machado
Ezra Maloney
Linda McKenna
Christopher Meehan
Anne McMaster
Joan McNerney
Melissa Mulvihill
Patrick Murphy
Naomi Tate Maghen
Jeremy Nathan Marks
Kirsty A. Niven
Geraldine O’Kane
Maeve O’Sullivan
Akshaya Pawaskar
Polly Richardson (Munnelly)
Miriam Sagan
Dr Sanjib Kumar Baishya
Bekah Steimel
dana st. mary
Susan Wallace
Anne Walsh Donnelly
Maude Washington
Glen Wilson
Vincent Zepp
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We are delighted to see work by two members of the Carlow Writers Co-Operative included in The Blue Nib Anthology. Congrats to Simon Lewis and Derek Coyle. Derek Coyles poem The Shoulder was written last summer in Tranas, Sweden, when he was a writer-in-residence with Kultivera. 

Welcome to The Blue Nib Anthology 1, Poetry, June – December 2017. Dave Kavanagh and I are delighted to present this book, which we hope will be the first of a series which collects together the best of the magazine. 

The Blue Nib only began in June 2017 and we are both very proud of its progress to date and look forward to producing Chapbooks 2 and 3, and the January – June, July – August anthologies for 2018. The magazine has been a great success, so thank you to all our readers, our poets and writers, and of course our subscribers. Without you, we would not be able to run competitions and award prizes and publish chapbooks and anthologies (and other books that are in the pipeline). 
This feast of a book contains poems from the winners and runners up of our first Chapbook Contest – Summer/Autumn 2017, judged by Michael Blackburn. 

Dave and I have also chosen a selection of poems which comprise selected works from the other contest entries and poems chosen from Issues 1 – 18 of The Blue Nib. 
I chose poems that gripped me, remained in my thoughts, and impressed me with their quirkiness, passion, elegant writing and form. Dave chose work not only because it was technically exceptional, or because of its artistry, but rather because it touched him deeply. For both of us, the problem was limiting the numbers we wanted to choose, because of limitations on space. 
We hope you enjoy the book as much as we have enjoyed compiling it.

Graham Allen
Liz Balise
Alfred Booth
Jim Bourey
Gregory Broadbent
Lorraine Carey
Charles Carr
Mary Chydiriotis
Marcy Clark
Derek Coyle
Cathy Donelan
Ken Allan Dronsfield
Kate Ennals
Attracta Fahy
Barry Fentiman Hall
Jackie Gorman
Michael Griffith
Tom Hade
Chris Hardy
Seanín Hughes
D L Hume
Sarah Karowski
Derek Kannemeyer
Bridget Khursheed
Therese Kieran
Beth Kilkenny
Steve Klepetar
Klipschutz
Simon Lewis
Luiz Canha Machado
Ezra Maloney
Linda McKenna
Christopher Meehan
Anne McMaster
Joan McNerney
Melissa Mulvihill
Patrick Murphy
Naomi Tate Maghen
Jeremy Nathan Marks
Kirsty A. Niven
Geraldine O’Kane
Maeve O’Sullivan
Akshaya Pawaskar
Polly Richardson (Munnelly)
Miriam Sagan
Dr Sanjib Kumar Baishya
Bekah Steimel
dana st. mary
Susan Wallace
Anne Walsh Donnelly
Maude Washington
Glen Wilson
Vincent Zepp

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Prof. Ni Chuilleanain was only recently in Carlow for the Student Literary Awards at Carlow College, St Patrick's. She was brilliant on the night, and I know this will be a great lecture. Those of you nearer the capital might enjoy this one.Ireland Chair of Poetry | Annual Lecture |

The Ireland Chair of Poetry, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, will give her annual lecture at 19:30 tonight (Wednesday 14 March) in the Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, The title of the lecture is: 'I have my people and they are waiting: Who are the readers of poetry?'

Tickets are free but must be reserved at irelandchairofpoetry.org/annual-lecture-by-ireland-professor-of-poetry-eilean-ni-chuilleanain-on-...

The Ireland Chair of Poetry Trust was set up in 1998 following the award of the Nobel Prize of Literature to Seamus Heaney and is jointly held between Queen's University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
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Prof. Ni Chuilleanain was only recently in Carlow for the Student Literary Awards at Carlow College, St Patricks. She was brilliant on the night, and I know this will be a great lecture. Those of you nearer the capital might enjoy this one.

Let us put our hands together for this great service that is brought to us week in, week out...The Carlow County Library Service have put together this great little video about the Library Service in the county. There is so much going on there all the time.

Carlow County Library
A short video highlighting the work we do, the services we provide, the people we serve and the dedicated staff who love their jobs with Carlow County Council Library Service. Come in to any of our libraries and experience the real thing!
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Carlow County Library

Tuesday, 13th March, 8pm in VISUAL, Carlow
****The Dog Had Her Own Car*****
and other writings from the Carlow Writers' Cooperative performed by:

Guy Moore (Globe Theatre, London)
Mary Doyle (Carlow Little Theatre)
Margaret McKenna (Carlow Little Theatre)

accompanied by classical guitarist Morgan Buckley.

Tickets €10 with wine and refreshments.
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The Carlow College, St Patrick's Student Literary Awards are on tonight. The winners have been chosen, the entrants are all a little nervous…the outfits are being taken out of the wardrobes as we speak!

We are on in VISUAL tonight at 8.00 p.m. We shall see you there. All members of the Carlow College, St Patrick’s and our family and friends, are very welcome for tonight’s Awards ceremony.

Here is a poem from our distinguished presenter tonight, Ireland Professor of Poetry, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Professor (emeritus) School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

Man Watching a Woman

The sound of everything folding into sleep,
A sense of being nowhere at all,
Set him on his way (traffic far off, and wind
In tall trees) to a back gate, a dark yard.
A path goes past the bins, the kitchen door,
Switches to a gravel walk by the windows
Lit softly above the privet hedge.
He stops and watches. He needs to see this:

A woman working late in the refectory,
Sewing a curtain, the lines of her face
Dropping into fatigue, severity, age,
The hair falling out of its claps at her poll.
The hands are raised to thread the needle,
The tongue moves behind her lips.
He cannot see the feet or shoes, they are trapped
In toils of cloth. He is comforted.

He can move on, while the night combs out
Long rushing sounds into quiet,
On to the scene, the wide cafés -
Trombone music over polished tables.
He will watch the faces behind the bar, tired girls,
Their muscles bracing under breakers of music
And the weight of their balancing trays, drinks, ice and change.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
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The Carlow College, St Patricks Student Literary Awards are on tonight. The winners have been chosen, the entrants are all a little nervous…the outfits are being taken out of the wardrobes as we speak! 

We are on in VISUAL tonight at 8.00 p.m. We shall see you there. All members of the Carlow College, St Patrick’s and our family and friends, are very welcome for tonight’s Awards ceremony. 

Here is a poem from our distinguished presenter tonight, Ireland Professor of Poetry, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Professor (emeritus) School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

Man Watching a Woman

The sound of everything folding into sleep, 
A sense of being nowhere at all, 
Set him on his way (traffic far off, and wind 
In tall trees) to a back gate, a dark yard. 
A path goes past the bins, the kitchen door, 
Switches to a gravel walk by the windows 
Lit softly above the privet hedge. 
He stops and watches. He needs to see this: 

A woman working late in the refectory, 
Sewing a curtain, the lines of her face 
Dropping into fatigue, severity, age, 
The hair falling out of its claps at her poll. 
The hands are raised to thread the needle, 
The tongue moves behind her lips. 
He cannot see the feet or shoes, they are trapped 
In toils of cloth. He is comforted. 

He can move on, while the night combs out 
Long rushing sounds into quiet, 
On to the scene, the wide cafés - 
Trombone music over polished tables. 
He will watch the faces behind the bar, tired girls, 
Their muscles bracing under breakers of music 
And the weight of their balancing trays, drinks, ice and change. 

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Now, here's an interesting looking workshop. This might grab you, Pauric Brennan. ... See MoreSee Less

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Now, heres an interesting looking workshop. This might grab you, Pauric Brennan.

It is drawing near, that time when Shakespearian actor, Guy Moore, will take to the 'stage' with two long-time favourites on the Carlow acting scene, alongside Mary Doyle and Margaret McKenna, for a unique, one time only performance of original material by members of the Carlow Writers' Co-Operative.

Guy has performed in 'King Lear', amongst others, and on the stage of the legendary Globe Theatre in London. Mary Doyle has been a lifetime member of the Carlow Little Theatre, and Margaret McKenna has graced many a stage in the southeast and beyond.

Our mighty trio will be joined on the night by Carlow College/St Patrick's Morgan Buckley on classical guitar. Morgan has performed on many a distinguished stage, in Ireland and the U.K., but this is the first time he might be a type of living installation in the middle of a dynamic stage performance of another kind altogether.

VISUAL, Carlow, Tuesday the 13th of March, at 8.00 p.m.
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It is drawing near, that time when Shakespearian actor, Guy Moore, will take to the stage with two long-time favourites on the Carlow acting scene, alongside Mary Doyle and Margaret McKenna, for a unique, one time only performance of original material by members of the Carlow Writers Co-Operative. 

Guy has performed in King Lear, amongst others, and on the stage of the legendary Globe Theatre in London. Mary Doyle has been a lifetime member of the Carlow Little Theatre, and Margaret McKenna has graced many a stage in the southeast and beyond.

Our mighty trio will be joined on the night by Carlow College/St Patricks Morgan Buckley on classical guitar. Morgan has performed on many a distinguished stage, in Ireland and the U.K., but this is the first time he might be a type of living installation in the middle of a dynamic stage performance of another kind altogether. 

VISUAL, Carlow, Tuesday the 13th of March, at 8.00 p.m.Image attachmentImage attachment

Our friend, Pauric Brennan, asked us to pass out the word on this one: if you think you have it in you to write a fifteen minute drama, with a cast of three, on the theme of 'Fake', this is the one for you! Sure, go on, give it a lash!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our friend, Pauric Brennan, asked us to pass out the word on this one: if you think you have it in you to write a fifteen minute drama, with a cast of three, on the theme of Fake, this is the one for you! Sure, go on, give it a lash!!!
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