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1 am very much excited and looking forward to reading with the other contributors to the collection at ‘Circle and Square,’ an International Literature Festival Dublin event, on Monday, May 22nd at 6.30pm in Tallaght Library. Please come along and say hi!

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress.

Writer and editor Eileen Casey will present an evening of live readings from Circle and Square, an anthology of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, all inspired by experiences at The Square, Tallaght.

Date:  Monday, 22 May 2017
Time:  
6.30pm
Venue:  
Tallaght Library
Admission:  Free (Book Here)

Confirmed contributors to the collection reading on the night include:

Michael J. Whelan
Mae Newman
Doreen Duffy
Susan Condon
Tony Sheilds
Vivienne Kearns
Orla Donoghue

Details for the evILFDublinent are available here: http://bit.ly/2pKTovb

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Circle and Square - Edited by Eileen Casey

Circle and Square – Edited by Eileen Casey

 

BLINDED

(Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght  – summer 2014)

 

On the slopes of a dream

the sun people burn

hunting breaks in the picnic clouds,

 

blinded – the crow leaves the path,

climbs the trash-can hill,

its head in a brown paper bag,

 

the magpie cripple follows,

a white plastic straw in its beak

like a walking stick.

 

Michael J. Whelan

 

Published in ‘Circle and Square,’edited by Eileen Casey, with poetry, prose and fiction inspired by ‘shopping centre‘ from members of Platform One Writers and guest writers Mia Gallagher, Ferdia Mac Anna, Dermot Bolger, Kevin Power, Paula Meehan, Geraldine Mills, Mary Guckian and Martin Dyar

It will be launched as part of the RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL 2015 in October.

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Circle and Square - Edited by Eileen Casey

Circle and Square – Edited by Eileen Casey

 

RTA

 (In memory of all road accident victims,

their friends and families & dedicated to the emergency services).

 

 

I am broken.

So much rain,

for days it falls

like so many tears in my heart.

Is it the same for you?

 

Coffee is cold,

the hard boiled egg sits in its cup,

toast popped long ago,

the bed – a mess – still unmade,

nobody reads the newspaper.

 

Sometimes I see you – glimmers,

not at that place you were taken

when you journeyed between us,

not dead, or half living behind stilled eyes,

no – you’re smiling that smile,

 

the days rewind,

and we’re back to life,

we give our missed kisses,

the ambulance crews don’t rush to find you –

your pulse in my chest,

 

you come back to me,

we never leave the house again,

no rushing to the emergency room,

the police don’t reach for sad courage,

there’s no funeral faces.

 

Everything is as it was before,

I hear your keys in the front door,

you’re calling my name,

yelling ‘I’m home’

and we’re happy once more.

 

Sometimes,

I disappear quietly

in the dead of night,

travel those same killer roads

just to hold you.

 

Michael J. Whelan

 

 

RTA – Road Traffic Accident

Re- published in ‘Circle and Square,’edited by Eileen Casey, with poetry, prose and fiction inspired by ‘shopping centre‘ from members of Platform One Writers and guest writers Mia Gallagher, Ferdia Mac Anna, Dermot Bolger, Kevin Power, Paula Meehan, Geraldine Mills, Mary Guckian and Martin Dyar

It will be launched as part of the RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL 2015 in October.

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Circle and Square - Edited by Eileen Casey

Circle and Square – Edited by Eileen Casey

 

MOTHER

 

For a lifetime before leaving us

you filled our hearts with love.

You are gone now

but we still see you

in the silvery green leaves of rippling trees,

on the mornings peaceful breeze,

the grass comforting our shadow selves

as we bend to our tasks,

the birds singing praise

to each new dawn.

You are the flower reaching to sunlight

as our hearts fill with tears on every hurting breath

and we miss you.

 

Michael J. Whelan

(i.m. Bernadette Whelan worked in Easons Bookstore in the Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght for many years)

 

Published in ‘Circle and Square,’edited by Eileen Casey, with poetry, prose and fiction inspired by ‘shopping centre‘ from members of Platform One Writers and guest writers Mia Gallagher, Ferdia Mac Anna, Dermot Bolger, Kevin Power, Paula Meehan, Geraldine Mills, Mary Guckian and Martin Dyar

It will be launched as part of the RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL 2015 in October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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