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Monday, November 14, 2011

A few more failures....

Lovely handwritten letter arrived from London last week to commiserate in my lack of success in the Scotscare competition. Maybe my lack of Scottishness shone through.
A similarly very nice email today from the Irish Writers Centre to tell me I was not in the final shake-up but inviting me to the event on the 24th November. You know what - I just might go. The winners incidentally were Elizabeth O'Carroll, Paddy Doherty, Susan Stairs, Eleanor Hooker (no surprise there!) Eoin Hegarty and Patricia Clark.
Do you know what but rejection notices are definitely improving. I got another one from the Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge competition and it was couched so well I felt like I really had won!
I don't have much else to look forward to at this stage. Really only the Francis Ledwidge and I'd probably have heard by now if I'd been shortlisted. Must take a deep breath and dive back in.


  1. I got a similar email from the IWC Peter, wondering whether to go or not, it clashes with a Boyne Writers' meeting. What painting/paintings did you write about?

  2. Me too. My poems was a cracker, IMHO but I have a work do that night anyway so couldn't have gone. I will be on the G&T instead. I may read my poem towards the end of the night anyway.
    Mine was the red headed painter self portrait in the main reading room

  3. oh I don't think I saw that one Kate, I wrote about Bogland-sea, think that's my fave picture there, and Susanna and Elders, great biblical story, and one based on Wandering. I'd say there were a lot of good poems entered.

  4. I did the one about the boy fishing in the rock pool and Susanna and the Elders too. Looking back, they might have been the ones everyone went for. Possibly should have opted for something a little more obscure.

  5. Chin up, chin up, and play the game. Don't think that's Scottish enough either...

  6. Similar response from IWC here too. I wrote a poem about the Graham Knuttel. Gonna try to be there on 24th anyway!