Saturday, 1 April 2017

Boyne Berries 21 Launched

L - R Frances Browne, Jackie Gorman, Rory O'Sullivan, Honor Duff, Evan Costigan, Frank Murphy

Jackie Gorman's opening words from the launch of Boyne Berries 21 on Thursday night. Thank you to everyone for their participation.

I'm delighted to be here for the launch of Boyne Berries 21 as I've been a long time fan of this publication. It's lovely to have a poem in this edition but it's a particular honour to be asked to launch it as it contains such amazing work, by writers whose work I've admired for some time and those I'm discovering for the first time. In launching this edition, I consider myself as a representative for all the writers that have work in this edition, I hope I can do them justice in some small way. Never have words been more important. It's clear from reading the work in this edition that what is contained between these pages is a salve for the times we live in, because nothing in here can be said to be post-truth or heaven preserve us, an alternative fact ! Writers generally tend to deal in currencies less brittle than this. Reading the work in the collection, I was reminded of the words of that wonderful American Poet Mary Oliver who said about writing - "it's a kind of possible love affair between something like the heart [that courageous but also shy factor of emotion] and the learned skills of the conscious mind." She describes it as a kind of love affair and as I read the last edition of Boyne Berries last week, I was very grateful for many love affairs that have gone into this edition. It's not possible to name all the contributors but I do want to say I was touched, moved, amused, amazed and mesmerized by the river of words that are in this edition. In launching it, I hope it has a joyous voyage into the world. Thanks so much to Orla Fay for this opportunity and now perhaps it's time for some readings. Congratulations to all involved.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Boyne Berries 21

Boyne Berries 21 will be launched on Thursday, 30th March, 2017 at 8 p.m in The Castle Arch Hotel by poet Jackie Gorman. All are welcome to attend. Many of the contributors will read on the night. Copies of the magazine will be available to purchase on the night.

Jackie Gorman is from Athlone. Her poetry has been published in a number of publications including Poetry Ireland Review, The Honest Ulsterman, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Lonely Crowd and Obsessed With Pipework. Her work has been commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards. In 2016, she won the Phizzfest Poetry Award.She is currently studying for an MA in Poetry Studies at the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies at DCU.

Boyne Berries 21 features work by:

Frances Browne
Pete Mullineaux
Emily Cullen
Colin Dardis
Arthur Broomfield
Clare McCotter
Emily O’Sullivan
Trish Delaney
Rosemarie Rowley
Alice Kinsella
John Prior
Liz Quirke
Adrienne Leavy
Anamaria Julia Dragomir
Winifred McNulty
Ă“rla Fay
Bernie Crawford
Lauren Moriarty
Jackie Gorman
Eamon Cooke
Maria Isakova Bennett
Evan Costigan
Alistair Graham
Diarmuid Fitzgerald
Andy Jones
Rory O’Sullivan
Pauline Flynn
Eamon McGuinness
Christine Valters Paintner
David Butler
Anne Crinion
Trisha McKinney
Sheena Power
Caroline Carey Finn
Fiona Joyce
Shona Woods
Tom Dredge
Helen Simcox
Kevin Griffin
Eoin Devereux

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Boyne Berries 20 Launched

Rory O'Sullivan and Ken Davis

Boyne Berries 20 was launched on the 29th of September in The Castle Arch Hotel by former editor of The Meath Chronicle, Ken Davis. Thanks to those contributors who attended and read, including Kate Dempsey, Honor Duff, Steve Wade, Emmaleene Leahy, Bernadette Gallagher, Siobhan Daffy, Frank Murphy, P.D. Lyons and members of the Boyne Writers. Thanks especially to chairwoman of the group, Caroline Carey Finn.

Copies of Boyne Berries 20 can now be purchased via the paypal link to the right.

Siobhan Daffy accompanied by African Harp

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Boyne Berries 20 Submission Call

Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries,   
Blackberries on either side, though on the right mainly,
A blackberry alley, going down in hooks, and a sea
Somewhere at the end of it, heaving.
 ~ Sylvia Plath

The submission period for Boyne Berries 20 is now open and will close on Sunday 24th July at midnight. Boyne Berries 20 will feature poetry and fiction or prose on an open theme.

Send up to 3 poems per poetry submission. Poems should be no more than 40 lines long. Fiction and prose submissions should be no more than 1500 words. Please use Times New Roman 12 and single spacing. Please include a short biographical note. Submissions should be placed in the body of the email and attached as a word document attachment. Submit to only.
Submissions which fail to adhere to the above criteria will be ignored.
The magazine will be published in late September 2016.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Boyne Berries 1916 Sold Out

Boyne Berries 1916 has now sold out. Thanks to everyone who purchased a copy. Details of how to submit to Boyne Berries 20 will be available soon.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Comments by Poet Tom French on Boyne Berries 1916

 Poet Tom French: Like other librarian poets, his work can pluck images from the archive, bringing old stories to life, if only for a moment

Tom French Pictured in The Irish Times 2014

As readers and writers we are all always in pursuit of, what Seamus Heaney famously called,“that moment of joy, of lift, of unexpected reward.” Weaving through the pages of this centenary Boyne Berries are anger, humour, reflection, spikiness, wistfulness, regret and raw emotion. We encounter the radical idea of dying at Easter and not rising; the notion – particularly poignant in the light of the recent publication of a new translation of Book VI of The Aeneid – of quarrels among the shades; we encounter the idea of Francis Sheehy-Skeffington as a hippie protesting against Vietnam; we meet the compassion of a person who attempts, with her hands, to put a man just parted from himself back together again in order to be whole enough to enter Eternity. And there are other beautiful things. In this centenary issue I was struck by many things. It has taken me until now, reading these pages, to discover, that the perfect collective noun for birds is ‘a sky’, and it will never now be anything else except ‘a sky of birds.’ This is, I believe, why we read, to encounter the tiniest phrase and to be struck by its rightness. Here too I read of ‘train light ghosting the bottom of a field’, of the ‘tenderness at the root of things,’ and of the deep difference between anointing and elation. As citizens we are being exhorted this year to remember, to reflect and to re-imagine. As a librarian I am delighted to welcome this centenary Boyne Berries and to commend its contributors. Not only does it remember, reflect and re-imagine, it is full of soul and song and unexpected reward.
Tom French, March 2016

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Boyne Berries 1916 Launched

Tom French
It was a special night in Trim on Thursday as poet Tom French launched Boyne Berries 1916. Twenty four contributors read and attended on the night, while poet Deirdre Hines was present in the form of an MP3 recording of her poem The Letter Read as Pond. Mick McGann-Jones recited his poem Bullets and he also treated the audience to a piece called Mna na hEireann on his fiddle.
Thank you to everyone who came from near and far to make the night a success. For his decade of service as secretary of the Boyne Writers' Group Michael Farry was presented with a copy of an illustration by C. E Brock for Gulliver's Travels called 'Three Great Scholars'.
Pictures from the night can be found by clicking here courtesy of Frank Murphy's TheTaraPoetryBlog
Copies of the magazine can be purchased by clicking the paypal link to the right of this page. A limited number of copies of the magazine are still available.
The submission period for Boyne Berries 20 will open in June and details will be posted here then.