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 orla.a.fay@gmail.com 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.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Boyne Berries 1916 Submission Details

'Freedom' Jack B. Yeats
 
The submission period for Boyne Berries 19, which will be a special issue commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Rising, will open on Sunday, 15th November 2015 and close on Sunday, 03rd January, 2016. The magazine will  be published in late March of 2016.
 
What does 1916 mean to you now? Can you picture life one hundred years ago? Is romantic Ireland dead and gone? What would those figures, those celebrated heroes of our past make of Ireland today if they could step out from the shadows? Is this a time to truly reflect? I don't want to put words in your mouth but I'd love to know what you think, what you feel, what you imagine...
 
I am keen to read work from writers in the Meath area but national and international submissions are also welcome.
 
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 about yourself. Submissions should be placed in the body of the email and attached as a word document attachment. Submit to orla.a.fay@gmail.com only.
 
Submissions which fail to adhere to the above criteria will be ignored.
 
 

 



Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Boyne Berries 18 Launched

Boyne Berries 18 was officially launched on Thursday 24 September 2015 in the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim.

Copies can be purchased by using the PayPal button on the right.






Submission details for Boyne Berries 19, which will be published in March 2016 and will be a special 1916 commemoration issue, will appear here soon.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Boyne Berries - Submissions Open 6 June



The submission period for Boyne Berries 18 will open on Saturday, 6 June and close on Saturday 11 July 2015. Boyne Berries 18 will be published in September 2015.

Submit no more than three poems at a time.

Fiction should be 1500 words or less.

Please include your submission in the body of the email and as a single word document attachment and include a short bio.

Times New Roman 12 and single spacing are preferred.

Send your work via email to orla.a.fay@gmail.com with the subject line 'Boyne Berries 18 Submission Poetry/Prose' or via post to Orla Fay, Editor, Retaine, Dunderry, Navan, Co. Meath.