Thursday 26 April 2018

Book club welcomes local poet

Fergal Maddock

MEMBERS of the Skerries-based Ocean Book Club enjoyed an evening of poetry and prose read by local poet Enda Coyle-Greene last week.

Enda has received numerous prestigious awards for her work.

In 2006 she won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for her first collection Snow Negatives and has been widely published in journals and anthologies in Ireland and abroad. She's a familiar voice to those who listen to Sunday Miscellany and Lyric FM.

Last October her second collection Map of the Last was launched to great acclaim.

Enda charmed the capacity audience at Skerries Mills with readings from both her collections, brought alive by personal recollections about their writing. She is a born communicator, humourous and witty. Her poetry is always personal, sometimes funny and sometimes with darker undertones of sorrow and loss.

She explained the background to much of her work, which brought us into the world of the working writer. Her two prose pieces, scripts for Sunday Miscellany, showed another side of her talent.

Besides all this, she fielded a wide range of questions from a highly entertained audience. She certainly demystified any notions of a poet living in an ivory tower, spinning verses at whim.

Life for Enda is much more mundane and grounded. At present, she is working on a book for children.

Because of the success of the evening, Ocean Book Club hopes to organise another literary evening in the spring.

Fingal Independent