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    “The Painter on his Bike” and Other Offerings

    by Enda Wyley This month Trasna is featuring writers participating in Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme. Every year, 22 emerging writers are selected for the program in the areas of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s/YA fiction, and poetry. Each writer is paired with a mentor. Featured this week is poet Enda Wyley, an accomplished Irish literary figure, who served as  a mentor for Martina Dalton in the Words Ireland Programme, 2019.  Of participating in Words Ireland, and mentoring Dalton, who appeared in Trasna earlier this month,  Wyley writes: “‘Martina Dalton is possessed of her own distinctive poetic voice, which is intelligent, imaginative, often surreal – and always driven by a fierce commitment to the poem itself and the journey…

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    “Sleeping with the Kingfisher” and other poems by MARK ROPER

    by Mark Roper This month Trasna is featuring writers participating in Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme. Every year, 22 emerging writers are selected for the program in the areas of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s/YA fiction, and poetry. Each are paired with mentors. Featured this week is poet Mark Roper, who acted as a mentor in the 2019 Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme. Here is how he understands his role as a mentor to writers: Mentoring I have worked as a teacher of creative writing for some 30 years. I worked mainly with adult education classes, but I have worked in many different settings, with many different age groups. Indeed my joke was…

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    “Droichead na nDeoir” and other poems

    by Billy Fenton This month Trasna is featuring writers participating in Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme. Every year, 22 emerging writers are selected for the program in the areas of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s/YA fiction, and poetry. Each are paired with mentors. Featured this week is poet Billy Fenton. On participating in Words Ireland, he writes: “I had the privilege of working with Mark Roper over the last eight months, under the Words Ireland National Mentoring programme. As well as enhancing my craft, he gently pushed me to listen more intently to my internal voice, the one that I sometimes don’t want to hear.” BILLY FENTON on Trasna and the thematic connections with his…

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    “Leaving White Bridge” and other poems

    by Martina Dalton June 5, 2020 This month Trasna is featuring writers participating in Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme. Every year, 22 emerging writers are selected for the program in the areas of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s/YA fiction, and poetry. Each are paired with mentors. Featured this week is poet Martina Dalton. On participating in Words Ireland, she writes: “I was very honoured to receive a mentorship with the Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme in 2019. The mentoring partnership with poet Enda Wyley, gave me the confidence to make bolder, braver decisions. The support was invaluable.” Martina Dalton’s exquisite poetry portrays the balance of nature and emotion until the tranquility erupts with the insight of…

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    ‘Bittern Cry’ by Fergus Hogan

    Our sensibility recognizes the divine in Nature and Ceremony. With vision and voice, Fergus Hogan’s lyrics intensify the connection and set it afire.  Three Stones for a Decision there’s a path through the woods round the lake where I pray that I take when I’m feeling low down the summer I left I went to the edge and sat there alone every day just me the fox and the moorhen we’d watch the sun rise from the shoreline beyond and ripple its way across water till it kissed every stone on the shoreline this side and they glistened red-gold-n-amber till the sun rose so high it heated the sky and…