WOWO 30 November 2023, 19.00-21.00 GMT

Once again it’s time for our popular Mug of the Month Competition: no more than fifty words (plus title) in any genre, which must inlcude two given words, which, this month, were LIKE and BOSS. All entries will be presented twice, and Thursday’s viewers will then vote for the winner, who will have the honour of giving the Mug a home until the next competition. (Winners cannot take part in the following month’s contest!) We look forward to the usual diversity of topics, styles and ideas, and to the excitement of the voting process to find this month’s Mug of the Month.

Frank Fahy is presenting a ‘long’ short story, which promises subtle hints and nuances early on to prepare the listener for a surprise ending. Concentration is obviously called for!

Relatively new member Alice Sheridan is also reading a short story with an intriguing title. Work by new members is always of particular interest!

Most of our members can look back on a good few decades of experience and life, so that a Memoir is always welcome material for rousing mutual memories. Elizabeth Hannon is adept at this type of writing, and we can expect an account which will touch everyone.

The topics of Kathleen Phelan’s wonderful poems range over all kinds of subjects, from descriptions of nature to a censure of the County Council. Issues of our times also feature in many of her verses. So we can only guess at the content of ‘Piecing It All Together’, and look forward to an entertaining and/or thoughtful few minutes.

Another relatively new member is Mary Hawkshaw, who has submitted her poem ‘My Earthly Ties’ this week. Needless to say, it will be received with great attention and good will.

Finally, we will also be including items from last week that were not presented for lack of time. Details about these will be added here later.

As usual, we wish all our viewers an enjoyable and profitable evening with Write-On on Thursday!

Programme:

MOTM Competition with 13 Entries All Members

Short Story A Step Too Far Mary Hawkshaw

Poem Just a Lad Alice Sheridan

Poem Death in September Geraldine Warren

Short Story Paddy and the Snail Alice Sheridan

Short Story Seeking a Cure Frank Fahy

Memoir The Good Old Days Elizabeth Hannon

Poem Piecing it All Together Kathleen Phelan

Poem My Earthly Ties Mary Hawkshaw

WOWO Thursday November 23, 2023, 19.00-21.00 GMT

Our Write-On sessions are tentatively initiating a new phase and fomat this evening. Instead of one presenter introducing all the submissions, our members are being encouraged and taught to Share Screen and to present their own pieces themselves. In addition, with the help of Chat CPT and the picture-creating IA software Dall-E3, they should soon be able to create edited and illustrated submissions of their texts by themselves. To date, this has been done by Anne Murray (beautiful illustrations) and Frank Fahy (professional editing and presenting in sound and format).

This will be a challenge for some of our members, but one which is surmountable without too many tears! The new software is so easy to use and to learn that everybody with the basic equipment should be able to master it in the blink of an eye!

Our list of items this week is long, reflecting the vigour and creativity of our long-standing and new members. It is unlikely that we will be able to include all of the texts in tonight’s meeting. In addition to the innovations outlined above, we are planning to allocate time slots for submissions, so that the contents of future sessions can be scheduled more precisely.

At present we have no closer information on the subject-matter of the items listed below, so remain open for surprises and delights on Thursday evening as our members introduce their texts and read them for us themselves.

We look forward to a very lively and stimulating evening, and hope that any guest viewers will enjoy our session and be encouraged to join!

(See below for Chat GPT-version of the above text!)

Programme:

Scheduled but not read last week:

Poem Love is Chips Thomas MacMahon

Poem Scent of a Sinner Seamus Keogh

Short Story Never Look Down On Me Anyta Freemann

New this week:

Short Story Seeking the Cure Frank Fahy

Short Story A Kind of Revenge Mary Hodson

Short Story A Step Too Far Mary Hawkshaw

Memoir The Music Halls Elizabeth Hannon

Poem The County Council Kathleen Phelan

Poem Banboo Wings James Conway

Poem Just a Lad Alice Sheridan

Poem Death in September Geraldine Warren

ChatGPT

Tonight, our Write-On sessions are undergoing some changes. Instead of one presenter, our members will be encouraged to present their own pieces by sharing their screens. We will also be using the Chat CPT and Dall-E3 software to create edited and illustrated submissions. Previously, Anne Murray provided beautiful illustrations and Frank Fahy handled professional editing and presenting. However, now our members will have the opportunity to do it themselves.

While this may be a challenge for some, we believe that with the user-friendly software and basic equipment, everyone will be able to learn it quickly. The list of items for this week is extensive, showcasing the creativity and vigor of our members. Unfortunately, due to the length of the list, it may be impossible to include all the texts in tonight’s meeting. To address this, we are planning to introduce time slots for submissions in future sessions to better manage the content.

We don’t have any specific information on the subject matter of the texts yet, so expect surprises and delights during Thursday evening’s session as our members introduce and read their own pieces. We anticipate a lively and stimulating evening, and we hope that our guest viewers will enjoy the session and feel inspired to join us!

WOWO 9 November 2023


An Evening of Storytelling and Poetry

Join us on this vibrant November night as the Write-on community gathers for an engaging session filled with new literary pieces that promise to stir the soul and ignite the imagination. Here’s what we have in store for the evening:

Featured Stories

  • “The Mare” by James Berry
    Through Mártan Ó Ciardha’s narrative prowess, James Berry’s tale emerges from the shadows of history. Set against the stark aftermath of the Great Famine, this story weaves a connection through time, tethered by the voice of an ancestor and the echoes of survival.
  • “The Site” by Joanne Dowling
    Dowling’s piece offers a profound connection to the land, peeling back the soil of the present to reveal the rich history beneath. It’s a journey into the heart of heritage, where every layer holds a story waiting to be told.
  • “The Lady in the Blue Dress” by Mary Hodson
    A figure shrouded in the mystery of local legend steps forward in Hodson’s narrative. This story blurs the lines between the seen and the unseen, the known and the mysterious, compelling us to look closer at the whispers of folklore that color our existence.

Poetic Reflections

  • “Finding a Cure (Working title)” by Frank Fahy
    Fahy brings forth a piece that navigates the depths of human emotion and the quest for healing in a world that’s both beautiful and scarred by the trials of life.
  • “Scent of a Sinner” by Seamus Keogh
    In Keogh’s verses, we find a poignant examination of human frailty and the redemptive power of embracing one’s own imperfections.

Tonight’s Verse

  • “A Falling” by Mary Hawkshaw
    Hawkshaw captures the ephemeral nature of moments slipping through our fingers, urging readers to grasp the beauty of the transient.
  • “Talking to a Bird” by Mary Hawkshaw
    A dialogue between human and nature unfolds in this piece, where Hawkshaw reveals the wisdom and solace found in our feathered companions’ song.

A Gathering of Minds

Our session extends beyond the written word, as it’s also an evening of connection and discussion. We welcome the insightful commentary of our members and the shared joy of celebrating each new publication.

Special Announcement

We are especially excited for the upcoming reception in the Cuban Hotel to honour Mary Rose Tobin for her triumph at the Hanna Greally International Short Story Award—a milestone for both her and the Write-on community. The event starts at 3:00pm. It promises a symphony of words and melodies, with the accompanying talents of Grit Metsch and Bill Geoghegan, adding a harmonious backdrop to our festivities.

For more details on tonight’s session and other Write-on events, please visit our website at www.write-on.ie.

Keep the Conversation Going

Remember, our Write-on sessions are a weekly affair, every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm. Let’s continue to weave narratives and craft verses that resonate and remain, long after the evening ends.


Note: For any inquiries or submissions for the next session or newsletter, please reach out to us at writeon.galway@gmail.com.