Gorey Writers have been active and dynamic over the past 13 years and tonight in Gorey Library the group reached another milestone in its literary development with launch of its second anthology of poetry and short stories called Taking Flight.
Bernie Walsh, Chairperson, welcomed the attendance and explained the background to the publication, complimented the contributors on their dedication and enthusiasm in bringing the work to fruition over the past year, and she congratulated everyone on becoming a published writer – some for the first time and others have been published previously.
Launching the work, author, lecturer and music writer Jackie Hayden said of Taking Flight; “It is a particularly fine example of writing being local. Thanks to the thriving local Gorey Writers’ Group, the tireless work of Bernie Walsh and the driving forces around her, many of the featured writers have achieved something to cherish – becoming published authors.”
Twenty-five contributors include Mary Keogh-Hanson, Irene Plazewska, Peter Carton, Chris Black, Nicola Whelan, Phil Carton, Polly Chapman, Anne Ireton, Veronica Lombard, Bernie Walsh, Grace O’Reilly, Tiffy Allen, Myles Carroll, Ellen Britton, Alanna Hammel, Wendy Connolly, Mairead de Bhal, Carmel Conroy, Mark Rice, Emer Barrett, Joyce Birmingham, Jack Gaffney, Teresa Wymyss, Jazz Stynes and Maura Condron.
A number of writers read their work, the mellifluous Cantabile Choir from Gorey were in fine voice and there was a warm welcome and refreshments for the pleasant launch and the book is now on sale locally. There were words of praise for sponsors and supporters of the writers’ group and Gorey Library were acknowledged for providing the facilities.
Taking Flight; an anthology of poetry and short stories from Gorey Writers, published by Boland Press, Grove Mill, Hollyfort. ISBN 978-1-907855-24-5