POETRY RANG out among the historic walls of Swords Castle on the first Saturday of the Fingal Writers' Festival where poets were invited to take to an open mic and read their verse.
This special event was facilitated by Dave Lordan with special guest Colm Keegan. Dave Lordan is a multiaward winning writer. In 2010 the Irish Times called his poetry ' as brilliant on the page as it is in performance'. He is a past winner of both the Patrick Kavanagh and Rupert and Eithne Strong Awards for poetry and the current holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award, making him the first writer to win all three of Ireland's major prizes for young poets. He writes regularly on literary topics for Ireland's leading literary magazine, The Stinging Fly, and he reviews poetry and fiction for RTE Radio 1's Arena arts show, who also regularly broadcast his poetry. He is an acclaimed performer of his own work and is regularly invited to perform at venues and festivals throughout Ireland and abroad. Colm Keegan has read and performed his poetry at various festivals, including the Flat Lakes Festival, Electric Picnic and the Festival of World Cultures. He was the All Ireland Slam Poetry Champion in 2010. He also writes short stories and screenplays and has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award for both poetry and fiction. In 2008, he was shortlisted for the International Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. In 2011, he was nominated for the Absolut Fringe's ' Little Gem' Award for the play Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About (co-written with Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith) which is touring 2012/2013. He is a poetry/arts reviewer and contributing poet for RTE Radio 1's nightly arts show ARENA and co-founder of 'Nighthawks at the Cobalt'. He is co-founder and facilitator of Inklinks, a young writers' club in Clondalkin and teaches creative writing in secondary schools across Ireland. He maintains a popular blog and his poetry performances are widely viewed on YouTube and is currently finishing his first novel.