Latest edition of 'Scaldy Detail' a wonderful read

David Medcalf

Published 18/02/2014 | 05:34

THE long awaited fourth edition of 'Scaldy Detail', edited by Maggie Breen and illustrated by Eoghan O'Keeffe, has been published. The latest anthology of new local writing was launched at the Presentation centre by Minister of State Paul Kehoe.

The long awaited fourth edition of 'Scaldy Detail', edited by Maggie Breen and illustrated by Eoghan O'Keeffe, has been published. The latest anthology of new local writing was launched at the Presentation centre by Minister of State Paul Kehoe.

A full house in the former nuns' chapel enjoyed a series of readings by the contributors, who held the audience gripped with their eloquence and emotion. After looking through 'Scaldy Detail', the Minister admitted that he was particularly moved by a poem called 'Redundant' about the stress of losing a job.

He had the pleasure of hearing the piece read by the author, with Sean Miley telling those present that the poem was inspired by personal experience. Other poets called up to the lectern by the book's designer Paul O'Reilly were Mary O'Brien, Dairena ní Chinnéide, Helen Gaynor, Larry Stapleton, Grania Mackey, Maria Nolan and Una ní Cheallaigh.

Paul O'Reilly also read an excerpt from his own short story 'I Wish MacGowan Hadn't Written that Song', while stories from Eamonn O'Neill and Anne Marie Cousins were also on the menu.

Scallta Media, the not for profit group responsible for the publication, has also promoted musical and film projects.

At the reception in the Presentation centre, Paul O'Reilly shared the role of master of ceremonies with Niall Wall. However, there was no sign of the third man behind the group, with Niall reporting that his brother Eamonn was snowed in, in the United States where he resides.

'Scaldy Detail' costs €10. Editor Maggie Breen spoke of the pleasure of reading through the many submissions received, which was the greatest in the history of the publication. She also described the heartbreak involved in making her final selection.

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