Ring Around the Moon Anthology

ring around the moon

Earlier this year, Longford County Arts Office facilitated a 10-week Writers Mentoring Programme at Templemichael College in Longford town under the stewardship of writer Alan McMonagle and poet Noel Monaghan. Large numbers of budding local scribes applied, with the 10 successful candidates in each discipline eventually being chosen on merit.

“We met with them once a week from 7.30pm to 9.30pm,” explains Noel Monaghan, who has himself published five collections of poetry to date. “The programme dealt with all aspects of poetry writing, including poetic inspiration, responding to a poem, finding a form, arranging work, rhythm and line breaks, editing, and how to get published.”

The writing category was similarly detailed, with writer Alan McMonagle adding that, “among the topics covered were finding a voice, openings, constructing characters, dialogue, setting, engaging the reader, conflict, point of view, endings, editing, and presentation. That was the broad outline, but we did stray from time to time.”

Now that the course has concluded, writing submitted by the participants is now being collated for inclusion in an anthology, which will be launched this autumn.

“We held a competition among the participants to find a name for the anthology,” Longford County Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy says. “The winning entry was ‘Ring Around the Moon’, which was submitted by Breda Sullivan. The title was chosen for its lyrical quality, for the way it reflects the soaring imaginative quality of much of the work contained in the anthology, and for the visual possibilities that it presents to the visual artists who will compete for the design cover. As her prize for winning the competition, Breda will receive €50, as well as having a naming credit in the anthology.”

‘Ring Around the Moon’ is now set to be launched at Thursday, October 2nd, which quite aptly is National Poetry Day, with the event starting at 8pm in the Backstage Theatre’s Canal Studio in Longford town.