Getting ready to head off down to Loughrea for the Baffle Festival. Okay its a poetry competition but its so much more and I always make sure to put down the October Bank Holiday weekend for holidays at the start of the year.
Of course its an impossible competition to judge. How do you choose between a light-hearted piece of verse and a deep and meaningful creative piece of writing? I always have every sympathy for the judges, who, this year, are Kevin Barry and Lisa Padden.
Theme for this year's competition is 'Rumour has it.' I wrote mine last week and have been tinkering with it ever since, which is something I don't usually do. Obviously I'd love to make the final but the competition is always fierce and every year brings disappointments.
But its till not too late. Loughrea is only 2 hours from Dublin. Write a poem - register in O'Dea's hotel at 7.30pm and thereafter I promise you'll be hooked.