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Poetry in the dark

Roscommon Poets are invited to participate in

POETRY IN THE PARK

in Lough Key Forest & Activity Park on the afternoon of Saturday 9th October

 

Poetry in the Park is an opportunity for poets (and poetry lovers) in the Roscommon area to meet, to share nature poems, and to socialise. There will be a short walk, with stops along the way for the reading of nature poems. Immediately after the walk (which will be about an hour and possibly less), we will take up residence at the outdoor café for refreshments (at your expense), some more poetry readings, and plenty of chat.

 

You can bring along a nature poem that you have written, you can bring along a nature poem you love, or you can come along with no poems in tow and simply enjoy the walk, the poems, and the chat.

 

Poetry in the Park is a new initiative, the inspiration for which arose out of three Heritage Week poetry and nature walks in Lough Key, Mote Park and St John’s Wood in August 2021.

 

It is hoped to make Poetry in the Park a regular event, perhaps once a month, beginning in the spring of 2022. 

 

EVENT DETAILS

When: Saturday 9th October 2021 at 2pm

Where: Meet outside the Visitor Centre in Lough Key Forest & Activity Park

There is no charge for this event and neither is there a requirement to book. However, it would be helpful to have an idea in advance of the expected numbers, so do please let Gerry Boland know if you’re coming along, either by email (roscwir@gmail.com) or by phone (087-6397557). Gerry will also answer any queries you may have.


ANNOUNCEMENT - ROSCOMMON NEW WRITING AWARD 2021 WINNERS

The winning entry in the NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2021, Neil Tully’s ‘Infinite Possibilities’  has been announced by Rhona McGrath, Arts Officer, as the deserved winner of the top prize of Neil Tully pic€500. This is the eighth year of what has become an important event in the literary calendar locally and nationally. There were fifty-five entries, all from writers with a strong connection to County Roscommon. The award is organised as part of the Arts Office literary development programme, funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland, and supported by the Roscommon Herald and by Shannonside FM.

Neil Tully, whose family home is originally in Roscommon, was the winner of The Dock Arts Centre Winter Writing Award 2020, and runner up in Anthology Magazine's short story prize. He is shortlisted for New Irish Writing in the Irish Independent and will begin an MA in Creative Writing at UL this year. 

 

Four runners-up were awarded €100 each. They are Carol Beirne, John Mulligan, Patricia Bennett and Helen Cunningham.

The winning piece can be found Here: Infinite Possibilities.pdf (size 548.7 KB)

Roscommon Arts Office would like to congratulate Neil and wish him further success with future endeavours in writing.

Roscommon New Writing Award 2021 Shortlist

Our Shortlisted Authors RNWA 2021:

PatriciaBennett

Patricia (Trish) Bennett

Patricia Bennett worked as an engineer for years before she began to write and perform. In 2021, she was a Winner in the Dedalus Press Local Wonders Postcard Competition, was Longlisted in the National Poetry & Mslexia Poetry competitions, Shortlisted in Trim Poetry Competition, and received Bursary and Mentoring awards from the Irish Writers Centre. trishbennettwriter.com

 

Carol Beirne

Carol Beirne lives in Lisacul Castlerea with her husband and menagerie of wildlife that frequent her much loved garden.  After raising her family and retiring from full time work in business and finance she makes every day count by writing, painting botanicals and gardening. Her love of words has seen her being shortlisted for several literary awards.

CaroleBeirne

 

HelenCunningham

Helen Cunningham

After a long association with County Roscommon, Helen retired to the West of Ireland in 2017. Now, for the first time in years, she has the time to explore her creative side and has rediscovered a long forgotten passion for writing. Helen writes short stories and flash fiction gaining inspiration from the countryside, characters and communities of the border areas of Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo and from her past experience as a pharmacist in the UK. Helen was a runner up in the New Roscommon Writing Award 2020 and was shortlisted in the Hanna Greally Literary Competition 2020.

 

John Mulligan

Author, travel writer, journalist and columnist. Author of ‘Dancing on the Waves’ (Collins Press 2004),‘Following in the Footsteps of the Four Famous Flannerys’ (Connaught Telegraph Publications, 2007), as well as one novel (‘No Place in the Sun’). Feature writer for Farming Independent and other national newspapers. Runner up in 2011 Fish International Award for short fiction. Overall winner and also third placed for two pieces submitted to same competition in 2012. Winner of Roscommon Writing Awards 2015 and 2016, and runner up on several occasions. Judge of Roscommon Writing Awards 2018. Runner up in Scotland’s Baker Prize. Published in several anthologies in Ireland and UK as well as newspapers and magazines. Writes a weekly column for the Roscommon Herald and contributes to several National newspapers. Cartoon script writer on ‘The Bridge’ series. Lyric writer with Charlie McGettigan including ‘the Moone Boy Song’ (Sony Records).

JohnMulligan

  

NeilTully

Neil Tully

Neil was the winner of The Dock Arts Centre Winter Writing Award 2020, and runner up in Anthology magazine's short story prize. He is shortlisted for New Irish Writing in the Irish Independent and will begin an MA in Creative Writing at UL this year. 

 

Winner will be announced in the Roscommon Herald on 6th July 2021

Autumn Leave

AUTUMN LEAVES

A ROSCOMMON BROADSHEET

poems, flash fiction, non-fiction

 

 

Roscommon County Council Arts Office is seeking submissions from Roscommon poets and authors for poems, flash fiction and non-fiction essays/meditations to be included in AUTUMN LEAVES, a Roscommon broadsheet to be published in late Autumn.

 

The emphasis of the broadsheet will be on unpublished work, however previously published work will be read and considered.

 

To qualify for submission, writers and poets must have a strong Roscommon connection (born in, living in, working in, parents or grandparents from).

 

Roscommon poets are being invited to submit poems no longer than 30 lines in length (there is no minimum line length) on any theme.

 

Roscommon fiction writers are invited to submit flash fiction pieces on any theme with a maximum word limit of 300 for each story submitted.

 

Roscommon non-fiction writers are invited to submit prose essays/meditations on a nature theme with a maximum word limit of 300 for each piece submitted.

 

Poets, fiction and non-fiction writers may submit up to three written pieces in total. This can be three poems, three flash fiction pieces, or three essays/meditations on nature. Or the submission can be a combination of all three, i.e. a poem, a flash fiction and a non-fiction.

 

All submissions must include the writer’s name and contact details, plus confirmation that the work is the original work of the writer. Please also state if the submitted work has been published elsewhere and if so, where and when.

 

Email all submissions to artsofficer@roscommoncoco.ie

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Tuesday 31st August, 2021.

 

AUTUMN LEAVES is edited by Gerry Boland, with poet Jane Clarke as guest editor.

Literary Development Programme 2021

 

Roscommon County Council is delighted to announce details of three of its 2021 Literary Development Programme Awards.

All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon. Application forms and competition rules are available below.

The deadline for receipt of applications for each of the award categories is Monday 24th May, 2021.

ROSCOMMON CHAPBOOK BURSARY

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The Roscommon Chapbook Bursary has been established to assist Roscommon writers with the costs associated with publishing a modest collection of poems (15 – 20) or a compact collection of short stories (3 – 6). One award of €500 will be offered in 2021.

 

CONDITIONS

  • All applicant writers must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in). 
  • A typical length of a chapbook is 30 pages. This is a guideline only, though submissions that fall considerably short of this, or which are considerably longer, will not be considered suitable.
  • Grant aid provided by Roscommon County Council together with the Arts Council of Ireland must be acknowledged in all publicity material associated with the project and in the published chapbook. Roscommon County Council reserves the right to publicise the awarding of the bursary. The successful applicant will receive a copy of the Roscommon County Council and Arts Council logos.
  • The intended work must be completed and proof of publication will be necessary for the successful applicant to claim the bursary. Two copies must be submitted to Roscommon County Council Arts Office at the time of publication.
  • The Bursary Award will be adjudicated by poet and author Geraldine Mills
  • All applicants will be advised of Council’s decisions in writing.
  • All applications must include:

-          The completed Application Form

-          Proposed content of the chapbook (poems or stories)

-          A current biography and/or CV, outlining details of career to date.

 

Application form can be downloaded here:  Roscommon Chapbook Bursary - Application Form.doc (size 674.8 KB)

Information Sheet is available here:  Roscommon Chapbook Award - Information Sheet (1).doc (size 6.8 MB)

 

Return Completed Applications to artsofficer@roscommoncoco.ie  with ’Roscommon Chapbook Bursary (applicant name)’ typed in the subject box.

OR Post your entry to: ROSCOMMON CHAPBOOK BURSARY 2021, Roscommon Arts Office, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, F42 VR98. 

 

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm Monday 24th May 2021.

Late applications will not be considered.

 

Roscommon County Council reserves the right not to award a bursary should the submissions, in the opinion of the adjudicator and the Council, not achieve a sufficiently high standard.

 

Adjudicator Geraldine Mills, a native of Galway, is the author of five collections of poetry, three collections of short stories and a children’s novel for middle-grade readers. She has been awarded many prizes and bursaries for her poetry and fiction, including the Hennessy/Tribune New Irish Writer Award, three Arts Council Bursaries and a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. Her fiction and poetry are taught on contemporary Irish Literature Courses at the University of Missouri, St Louis; University of Connecticut; Emory University, Atlanta; and on the Emerson College Summer School in Co Clare in Ireland. She was recently awarded an Arts Council Bursary to work on her second children’s novel.


WRITER Mentorship Programme

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Roscommon County Council is pleased to announce details of its 2021 WRITER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME. The annual award is designed to support the development of emerging and established Roscommon writers who have identified particular gaps in their knowledge and expertise. The programme achieves this by providing funding to a professional writer to help the successful applicant make the next steps in their development.

 

A mentor will provide an objective critique and feedback on the successful applicant’s work and/or assist her/him in the development of a specific writing project. The focus of the mentor can be on short-term objectives, such as completing a manuscript, or it can be on longer-term goals that the mentee may wish to explore. The mentor’s role is to help the mentee resolve issues and find answers to their own questions rather than resolving issues by providing the answers directly.

 

The programme provides a fee of €500 which is paid directly to the mentor. For this the mentee should expect to benefit from ten hours of mentor engagement, to include at the minimum four hours face-to-face (these can be onscreen meetings, if physical meetings are not possible), the remainder given over to review of work by the mentor. How the ten hours is to be divided up will be decided at the outset by both mentor and mentee.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • The programme is open to writers whose practice is based in Co. Roscommon.
  • The mentorship must be completed before the end of 2021.
  • Completed application forms must be accompanied by an up to date C.V. plus a one-page outline detailing why and in what specific way the applicant will benefit from being mentored.

 

Completed applications should be returned along with additional information by email to artsofficer@roscommoncoco.ie or Post to Writer Mentorship Programme, Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon.

 Application form can be downloaded here:  Mentoring Programme - Application Form.doc (size 666.6 KB)

Information Booklet available here:  Mentoring Information Sheet.doc (size 77.3 KB)

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday, 24th May, 2021.

 


ROSCOMMON NEW WRITING AWARD 2021

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ROSCOMMON NEW WRITING AWARD 2021

for Short Fiction and Memoir

First Prize: €500

                       

The ROSCOMMON NEW WRITING AWARD 2021 is organised as part of the county’s Literature Development Programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland, supported by the Roscommon Herald and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald. An extract will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM.

Four runners-up will receive €100 each.

 

The Competition will be adjudicated by Louise G Cole.

Poet and short story writer Louise G Cole is a past winner of the New Roscommon Writing Award. She has won or been placed in local, national and international writing competitions, winning a Hennessy Award in 2018. She was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy for publication of the Laureate’s Choice pamphlet ‘Soft Touch’ in 2019.  During the pandemic, Louise has been posting weekly creative writing prompts on her website, where she also explains the importance of the ‘G’ in her name (it avoids confusion with an underwear model) www.louisegcolewriter.com.

 

 

Closing date for entries is Monday, 24th May 2021.

 

THE ROSCOMMON NEW WRITING AWARD COMPETITION RULES

 

  • Short stories and memoir pieces only will be accepted.
  • Memoir entries may be stand-alone memoir essays, or they may be an extract from a longer memoir.
  • The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in).
  • Previous first prize winners may enter but will not be eligible for the first prize.
  • Writers may submit up to two entries.  
  • Typed entries (handwritten entries cannot be accepted) must be no more than 2000 words. Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over the 2000-word limit will be automatically disqualified.
  • Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county.  INCLUDE THESE ON A SEPARATE PAGE, NOT ON YOUR ENTRY.
  • There is no entry fee. All entries must be received by Monday, 24th May 2021.
  • The competition will be adjudicated by Louise G Cole. The judge’s decision is final.
  • Email your entry to:  artsofficer@roscommoncoco.ie .Title your email ROSCOMMON NEW WRITING AWARD 2021.

OR Post your entry to: ROSCOMMON NEW WRITING AWARD 2021, Roscommon Arts Office, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, F42 VR98. 

Further Information and Competition Rules can be Downloaded here:  RNWA Info 2021.doc (size 141.3 KB) 

The names of the shortlisted writers will be announced in local media and online at  http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/Services/Comm_Ent/Arts_Office/literature.htm.

Details of the awards ceremony will be announced at a later date.

AUTUMN LEAVES

Connecting communities through creative reading and writing

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Produced by Roscommon County Council Arts Office, the broadsheet of poetry, flash fiction & song lyrics is a collection of 21 pieces by Roscommon writers touching on areas including humour, tragedy, traditions and memory.

 

Autumn Leaves is part of the Arts Office Literary Development Programme, funded by Roscommon County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.

 

Arts Officer, Rhona McGrath congratulated the writers and thanked the editors Gerry Boland and Jane Clarke for their work this year and said “The broadsheet is one of the initiatives of the Arts Office to keep our communities connected through creative reading and writing. Distribution of the broadsheet widely with the Roscommon Herald on November 17th is part of the local authority’s ongoing response to COVID-19 under The Government Plan for Living with COVID-19: Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021.”

 

Download Autumn Leaves HERE

New Roscommon Writing Award 2020 - Winner

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View the winning story in its entirety here: Life- By Anne Byrne.pdf (size 273.1 KB)

 

Quote from our Winner Anne Byrne

“The Award initially attracted me back in 2017, and was the stimulus to dip my pen into the world of writing. Having no success, but having learned a bit about writing, I entered again in 2018, and was delighted to be picked as first runner up and have my story published in the Anthology of Roscommon Writing 2014-2018. There is no doubt that an award like this provides great encouragement to aspiring writers like myself, and offers a great platform from which to get started. So thanks to all involved for keeping it going, and for all the other activities that help and support the arts.”

A ROSCOMMON BROADSHEET

poems, song lyrics, flash fiction

 

Roscommon County Council Arts Office is seeking submissions from poets, songwriters and fiction writers for poems, song lyrics and flash fiction to be included in the forthcoming ROSCOMMON BROADSHEET (working title).

 

The broadsheet will be published before the end of the year and will include poems, song lyrics and flash fiction by Roscommon poets, songwriters and fiction writers.

 

The emphasis of the broadsheet will be on unpublished work, however previously published work will be read and considered.

 

To qualify for submission, writers and poets must have a strong Roscommon connection (born in, living in, working in, parents or grandparents from).

 

Roscommon poets are being invited to submit poems no longer than 60 lines in length (there is no minimum line length).

 

Roscommon songwriters are invited to submit song lyrics no longer than 60 lines (there is no minimum line length).

 

Roscommon fiction writers are invited to submit flash fiction pieces with a maximum word limit of 300 for each story submitted.

 

Poets, songwriters and fiction writers may submit up to three written pieces in total. This can be three poems, three song lyrics or three flash fiction pieces. Or the submission can be a combination of all three, i.e. a poem, a song lyric and a flash fiction piece.

 

All submissions must include the writer’s name and contact details, plus confirmation that the work is the original work of the writer. Please also state if the submitted work has been published elsewhere and if so, where and when.

 

Email all submissions to artsofficer@roscommoncoco.ie The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 11th September, 2020.

Enquiries to roscwir@gmail.com

 

A ROSCOMMON BROADSHEET is edited by Roscommon County Council Literary Programme Advisor, Gerry Boland, with guest editor Jane Clarke.


Roscommon Arts Office Announces Details of its Inaugural Writer Mentorship Programme

Roscommon County Council Arts Office has released details of its inaugural WRITER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME. The aim of the programme is to provide practical support to Roscommon writers. Mentees will have direct access to the knowledge and expertise of an experienced practitioner in their chosen field of literature.

 

The Writer Mentorship Programme is designed to support the development of emerging and established Roscommon writers who have identified particular gaps in their knowledge and expertise. The programme achieves this by providing funding to a leading professional to help the applicant make the next steps in their development.  The mentor will provide an objective critique and feedback on the writer’s work and/or assist her or him in the development of a specific writing project. The focus of the mentor can be on short-term objectives, such as completing a manuscript, or it can be on longer-term goals that the mentee may wish to explore.

 

The programme provides a fee which is paid directly to the mentor. There is no charge for the mentee/writer. For this the mentee should expect to benefit from ten hours of mentor engagement, to include at the minimum four hours face-to-face, the remainder given over to review of work by the mentor.

 

Requirements:

  • The programme is open to writers whose practice is based in County Roscommon only.
  • The mentorship must be completed before 31 December 2019.
  • Completed application forms must be accompanied by a sample of the writer’s work (5 pages only), an up to date CV, plus a one-page outline detailing why and in what specific way the applicant will benefit from being mentored.

 

Completed applications should be returned along with additional information by email to mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie or in an envelope marked ‘Writer Mentorship Programme’ to Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Civic Offices, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon.

The deadline for receipt of applications is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Friday 13 September, 2019

For further information contact mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie

Mentoring Info Sheet.doc (size 37.9 KB)

 Mentoring Programme Application Form.doc (size 664.1 KB)


Strokestown International Poetry Competition Shortlists Announced.

 Shortlists for two of the Strokestown International Poetry Competition 2019 have now been published.

 See who got to the finals for the Percy French Comic Verse Competition here: https://www.strokestownpoetry.org/percy-french-prize-2019/

and for the Duais de hÍde here: https://www.strokestownpoetry.org/duais-de-hide-2019/ 

 The shortlist for the main International Poetry Competition will be out in February. 

Meanwhile, any writers with Roscommon connections are encouraged to try for the annual Roscommon Poets’ Prize, this year judged by Iggy McGovern. Eligibility has been extended to poets who went to school in the county, as well as people resident, in education or attending a writers group here. The deadline is February 15th. Details here: https://www.strokestownpoetry.org/roscommon-poets-prize-2019/

NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2019

Roscommon Writers Award 2019

New Roscommon Writing Awards ceremony will take place at 6pm, Tuesday 18th June in King House, Boyle

 

NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2019

… SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED…

 

 

The shortlist for the 2019 NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD has just been announced.

 

Adjudicator Kevin Hora has selected the following writers from the 67 entries:

Louise G. Cole – Eileen Keane – Brian McClean (twice) – PJ Moore (twice) – John Mulligan (twice) – Shane Tivenan – Neil Tully. The adjudicator had no prior knowledge of the names of the entrants, as all entries were numbered, with care taken to ensure the entries remained anonymous to the adjudicator.

 

At the awards ceremony, which will take place at 6pm in King House, Boyle on Tuesday 18th June, the winning entry together with the 4 runners-up will be announced.

 

The winner will receive a cheque for €500 from Roscommon County Council and will be officially named the NEW ROSCOMMON WRITER OF 2018. The winning entry will be published in the Roscommon Herald and an extract of the story will be broadcast on the Charlie McGettigan Saturday Connection Show on Shannonside FM. The 4 runners-up will receive a cheque for €100. This award is supported by the Arts Council.

 

Judge, Kevin Hora commented:  ‘Selecting just ten stories from so many enjoyable entries was difficult  These ten stories are a diverse mix of styles and themes, all skilfully crafted, provocative and tantalising. Each one shines because it tells a story in a unique voice.  Each reading offers fresh insights into one or more universal concerns – our relationships, hopes, fears and emotions.’

 

The awards ceremony is an open event and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Mary Mullins, Arts Officer mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie

 

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AUTUMN LEAVES

A ROSCOMMON BROADSHEET

poems, flash fiction, non-fiction

 

 

Roscommon County Council Arts Office is seeking submissions from Roscommon poets and authors for poems, flash fiction and non-fiction essays/meditations to be included in AUTUMN LEAVES, a Roscommon broadsheet to be published in late Autumn.

 

The emphasis of the broadsheet will be on unpublished work, however previously published work will be read and considered.

 

To qualify for submission, writers and poets must have a strong Roscommon connection (born in, living in, working in, parents or grandparents from).

 

Roscommon poets are being invited to submit poems no longer than 30 lines in length (there is no minimum line length) on any theme.

 

Roscommon fiction writers are invited to submit flash fiction pieces on any theme with a maximum word limit of 300 for each story submitted.

 

Roscommon non-fiction writers are invited to submit prose essays/meditations on a nature theme with a maximum word limit of 300 for each piece submitted.

 

Poets, fiction and non-fiction writers may submit up to three written pieces in total. This can be three poems, three flash fiction pieces, or three essays/meditations on nature. Or the submission can be a combination of all three, i.e. a poem, a flash fiction and a non-fiction.

 

All submissions must include the writer’s name and contact details, plus confirmation that the work is the original work of the writer. Please also state if the submitted work has been published elsewhere and if so, where and when.

 

Email all submissions to artsofficer@roscommoncoco.ie.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Tuesday 31st August, 2021.

 

Full details, including the publication Autumn Leaves Broadsheet 2020, are available on the Arts page of Roscommon County Council website (http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/!83WE41).

 

 

AUTUMN LEAVES is edited by Gerry Boland, with poet Jane Clarke as guest editor.