Launch of Write-on Anthology 2021
On Culture Night, 18 September 2020, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, launched our new Anthology in the presence of the Mayor of Galway City and other dignitaries.
We had a fantastic Webinar ceremony with the presentation of more than 60 videos. Both Galway City Council and Galway County Council offered us funding and support.
The recent recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the Cultural life of Galway City, Mary Coughlan sent a very thoughtful message of support and congratulations to the Write-on Group on the occasion of the publication of Anthology 2021. With a playful pun, she completed her contribution by singing the popular song Ride On, but changing the words to ‘Write-on’!
Write-on and Siarscéal
On Saturday 3 October 2020, in conjunction with the Siarscéal International Literary Festival Roscommon 2020, we presented a Webinar of over 60 presentations of Poetry, catering for every genre and tradition. The Webinar was a four and a half hour marathon session but everyone agreed that it was hugely successful and that the Open Mic presentation was varied, extremely well presented, and very much appreciated by the participants and audience alike. Bernadette Lynch won the Hanna Greally Award and the presentation was made to her by event founder and organiser Gwen McNamara Bond. Through the magic of technology, the winner’s scroll appeared to float magically from Gwen’s hands in Roscommon over to Bernadette’s hands in Birmingham. Such strange things are possible in these strange times!
Launch of OUT OF THE BLUE by Elizabeth Hannon
October 2020 saw the launch of OUT OF THE BLUE by Elizabeth Hannon. A longstanding member of the Write-on Group, Elizabeth had built up a corpus of work which was gathered into one volume. Consisting of 248 pages, her collection of Poems, Stories and Memories is a welcome addition to Write-on’s stable of publications. We expect that the beautiful cover picture, showing Mount Errigal in Elizabeth’s native County Donegal, will peep out from among the presents gathered under many a Christmas tree this year.