Thursday, January 12, 2012

Read Your Favourite Author Night


Once a year, it's nice to change the format and read a favourite piece from a favourite writer. Clane writers had a belated Christmas get together last night and a range of personally selected favourite writings were brought along. The great thing about this piece of sociability, as well as catching up with your writerly friends, is that you get to find out about authors who are new to you or to hear about ones you had (nearly) forgotten about.

American author and poet, Maya Angelou (poem Phenomenal Woman), Irish poet W.B.Yeats (Sailing to Byzantium) American travel journalist, Martha Gelhorn, Wilfred Owen (poem Anthem for doomed youth), Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan (Children's story Tales from Outer Suburbia) featured.







My own choices: A Tale of Workers Michael Corrigan (from Prairie Schooner)
and Frida Kahlo visits Ballinasloe and Dancing with Paul Durcan from The Juno Charm
by Nuala Ni Chonchuir.
Reading out someone else's dazzling offerings has to be good for the muse. A bit like singing along to a brilliant song, you always sound like you're in tune.


6 comments:

Emerging Writer said...

I have a writer from Clane looking to join a group. She can't do Wednesday when we meet in Maynooth. What day do you meet?

Mari G said...

HI Kate
Wednesday is the night we meet...a pity..must be the most popular night...

Debbie said...

It was a lovely evening Mari. So interesting seeing/hearing everyone's choice and what a great to get to know each other better. Well organised! DX

Mari G said...

Thanks Debbie. Really enjoyed listening to the variety of choices!

olivecollins said...

I hope you enjoyed the night, oh, how I miss Kildare... Love Maya Angelou too. Great choice of books.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Aw, thanks, Mari. It's nice to hear you read out my poems :)