Thursday 19 January 2017

Scribbling over the realities of rural life

Ken Foy

Published 29/10/2016 | 02:30

Lionel Mullally, Helen Corcoran, Margaret Maguire, Aisling Doonan and Kevin Brennan
Lionel Mullally, Helen Corcoran, Margaret Maguire, Aisling Doonan and Kevin Brennan

A special collection of short stories and poems by seven talented writers has been launched by author Gerry Boland, creator of the popular Marco children's books.

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The 30 short stories and poems in 'Scriobh Scribbles' are funny, witty and poignant, and cast a humorous eye over rural realities and human relationships. All of the writers are members of the Carrigallen Creative Writing Group which was established in 2011. Town librarian Helen Corcoran approached author Susie Minto with a view to establishing the group. With initial funding from Leitrim Arts Office and Leitrim Libraries, the group met in Carrigallen library. Poems by Kevin Patrick, particularly 'Death Notices', capture a unique part of rural life and local radio.

One of the short stories even centres on the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes - set decades after he last appeared in literature.

'Scriobh Scribbles', which was launched at the Kilbracken Arms Hotel, Carrigallen, is priced at €10.

It will be in shops across Leitrim and Cavan, through Amazon and on Kindle.

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