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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Catching up

Okay, just back from Roussillon and trying desperately to catch up on the news poetique.
No joy in the Hungry Hill Poets meet painters competition this year but a few familiar names in the list of Commendeds - Breda Wall Ryan, the incredibly talented Aifric McGlinchey, Eleanor Hooker (what a year for her!) and Strokestown finalist Siobhan Flynn. Aoife Troxel won the schools section. She blogs here. Well done to all.
No joy either in the Welsh Poetry competition. Obviously I'm not very good at writing Welsh Poetry.
I did manage a Commended in the formal verse section of the Poetry on the Lake competition, for my sestina A black-suited revolution. The dates of the festival in Northern Italy sadly coincides with our daughter's giving-birth date, so Monica has said I can't go.
Other news (and I have to go to the supermarket, so you'll have to google the links yezzerselves) Boyne Berries submissions must be in by the end of the month; the Tullamore Agriculture Show's poetry competiton must be in by Friday; Phizzfest has extended its deadline till the end of July (I hate it when they do that); the eagerly anticipated Poetry Bus 2 looks like it may be arriving in August; and a reminder that the Over the Edge awards for poetry and narrative poetry without line breaks must be in by August 3rd, which is coming up like a jail on wheels.


  1. Nice to have you back!
    Shame about the lake, but well done. Is it her first? They're always late (see Cushions: various).

  2. Welcome back, Pete!

    Congrats. on Poetry on the Lake. Sounds divine...
    However, becoming a grandpa is far more exciting
    than a trip to Italy :-)

  3. Dear Peter: Sounds like a thoroughly enjoyable summer! Thank-you for the updates. Good news about all the familiars! I think you do have a Tom Jones thing happening...the Welsh are nuts (I should know I married one!) ps Congratulations on your new position as grandparents! Italy can wait!

  4. Many thanks all. Titus, yes, her first, and not only that...

  5. Welcome back! I think this photo should be your new header. Have you written a poem to accompany the champignons?

  6. warm congrats on your success with Poetry on the Lake.I first heard about the competition on your Blog.I didn't make the final cut but was on the shortlist and the editor has just asked me to be in the winners anthology and read at the festival, so that was a nice surprise.Not sure I can make it.I hope you enjoy the experience,it looks beautiful.Well Done.

  7. oops just spotted you have a clashing commitment - pity, it sounds lovely.