Looking back

When I was at my lowest I started writing. I dug out the notebook today and I can’t even remember writing some of the things! There are a couple that jumped out at me though, and actually had me shaking my head that I wrote them, so I’ve decided to publish them here.

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Open Mic at Young Yeats


Today I went along to the Yeats Memorial Building for Young Yeats Open Mic event. It’s a great idea and is held once a month. People just turn up sing, play music, recite a poem or just sit and enjoy the entertainment and atmosphere.

Gary HynesI watched Gary Hynes perform, he was very good.

1-IMG_1474The open fire was very welcoming and the people are very friendly. I’ll be updating my Sligo-Secrets March Page as soon as I have a date for the next one. The rest of my photos from today are here.


Lily and Lolly Craftfest

craftfestposterThis year the Yeats Day event includes the launch of a 10-day rescheduled and re-branded Craftfest Northwest festival honouring WB’s sisters Susan and Elizabeth – affectionately named Lily and Lolly by her siblings. Susan (Lily) was a keen embroiderist. ¬†Elizabeth (Lolly) trained under the renowned artist and textile designer William Morris in London. She was an artist and the main inspiration for the Cuala Press which she ran with her sister. They printed the work of WB Yeats and many other well-known writers including Ezra Pound, Douglas Hyde, Rabindranath Tagore and Elizabeth Bowen. The LilyLolly Craftfest will build on the success in recent years of the Northwest Craftfest. The rebranded and rescheduled festival – promoted by Made in Sligo craft wrokers group – will now be launched on Yeats day every year.

Made in Sligo

There are lots of events taking place during the festival, you can see the listing on the poster above and also keep an eye on the Season of Yeats website.