Friday, August 26, 2011

Boyne Berries 10

A poem of mine, 'My Lad', is to be included in 'Boyne Berries'!

The magazine is a journal of poetry and prose, published twice a year (March and September) by the Boyne Writers Group. It's edited by intrepid poet, historian, actor and blogger Michael Farry. This special tenth issue will be launched twice, yes, Twice! - at the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim on Thursday 29 September at 8pm and at Charlie Byrnes Bookshop, Galway, on Friday 30 September 6pm. I hope to get to one of them, here's to hope:)

I recently found a series of online poetry workshops by Jane Holland in Mslexia, that are really worth checking out, they made me realise I often became (unnecessarily?) attached to elements in a first draft, to quote -

"... There is no such thing as the sacrosanct first draft, which must under no circumstances be changed, for fear of losing something precious and irrecoverable. Writing is a process, and during that process any number of decisions, conscious or otherwise, are made before a single word is written. There’s no mystery about this. Your initial choices may be instinctive, but they are washed through filters of arrogance, influence, self-censorship, experience, fear, understanding, partiality…the list goes on. "

Is nothing sacred!?


Old Kitty said...

I'm very fond of first drafts! :-) I know I have to slash and burn and let go eventually but I get a nice warm feeling about them!

CONGRATULATIONS with your poem's publication! Brilliant news!

Take care

Brigid O'Connor said...

Congrats on Boyne Berries Niamh and to Michael for producing such a quality journal.

That is v. interesting about first drafts, well worth keeping in mind.

Louise said...

Well done. Let me know which one you are going to and perhaps we can meet up for it.

Ann said...

Congratulations Niamh! I am thrilled for you.

Sue J said...

Congratulations on your inclusion in the journal. Well done! :)

Totalfeckineejit said...

Well done!

Words A Day said...

Thanks a million for the comments!
That would be great I'll let you know:)