Friday, August 11, 2006

Finscéal 2006 - A Writer's Trail of Fingal

Congratulations to Fingal County Council's Libraries and Arts Office for organising another excellent festival of readers' and writers' events during September 2006. The events run from 12 to 30 September in a variety of locations around Fingal county. At the many workshops, which are facilitated by published writers and people involved in the publishing industry, participants can learn to write a book in a year; improve their creative writing and deal with writer's block; listen to and share poetry; enjoy a murder mystery in the magnificent Ardgillan Castle, and spend a day with successful Irish women authors. The authors Nell McCafferty and Evelyn Conlon will also share their long experience with participants.

I attended one workshop last year and it was excellent, so I am really looking forward to this year's programme. Further details can be got from
Fingal Arts Office on +353-1-890 6237 or you can email Sarah O'Neill.

A small worm turns

In September 2005, I wrote a blog entry about the ejection of an 83 year old man from the British Labour Party conference during a speech by Jack Straw. I was incensed that such a breach of civil liberties should occur.

I’m glad to say that the worm has turned and that the members of the Labour Party have now elected the man, Mr. Walter Wolfgang, to the party’s national executive committee. Mr. Wolfgang has pledged to campaign for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon and a withdrawal of British troops from Iraq. He also wants Blair to quit as leader. How delightful and I hope that Mr. Wolfgang becomes a constant thorn in Blair’s side.

Good on ya, Walter, and here’s to your long life and good health.