Category Archives: Poetry

Thursday Doors – a Town, a Poet and a Book.

This week’s Thursday Doors will explore the connection between the town of Dundalk, the Scottish poet, Robert Burns and an old book that’s been in our family for generations. Remember that green copper spire that could be seen in the … Continue reading

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The First World War was a war of empires which drew men and women from all over the globe into its carnage. On this, one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, along with remembering those who lost their … Continue reading

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The Leave-Taking

Recently, I came across an eye witness account from 1852 detailing the emotional scene of a group of families bidding farewell to loved ones who were about to emigrate from Ireland to far off lands. It was written by a … Continue reading

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Forces of Nature

This battered row of wooden sentinels on my local beach, defying the forces of nature, made me think of an army of soldiers on the front line. The pounding of waves reminded me of war, so I turned my photo … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing Advice

You don’t have to struggle all on your own. There’s plenty of advice available from independent authors and self-publishers – and the following video is a good place to start. Joanna Penn chairs a panel of seven experienced indie authors … Continue reading

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The Bench

You’ll find me everywhere you go From mountains high to valleys low And in your haste from A to B My resting place you fail to see. But there are times you take a break Relaxing in the change of … Continue reading

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Inspiration From Images

I’ve been trying to write more poetry lately and for me the best way to get inspiration is through the use of images. Even when writing a scene for a book I usually see it play out in my head, … Continue reading

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