Launch of ‘A Word in Your Ear – Roscommon New Writing Anthology 2019-2023’

Pictured at the launch of ‘A Word in your Ear’ Roscommon Anthology 2019-2023 in King House, Boyle last Friday were Gerry Boland, curator of the book; Aine Butler, Creative Communities Engagement Officer, and Margaret and Tom Curley. Pic: Enda Regan

King House in Boyle was the vibrant setting for the launch of ‘A Word in Your Ear – Roscommon New Writing Anthology 2019-2023’ last Friday evening, June 28th.

This highly anticipated event celebrated the remarkable literary talents emerging from the Roscommon area over the past four years.

The anthology showcases an eclectic mix of short fiction and poetry, reflecting the rich tapestry of voices and stories from the region. The evening was a testament to the thriving literary community in Roscommon, drawing a large and enthusiastic audience.

In conjunction with the book launch, the winners and runners-up of the Roscommon New Writing Awards, which recognise excellence in Short Fiction and Poetry, were announced.

In the ‘Short Fiction’ category the winner was Carol Beirne with ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, and the runner-up was Robert McGowan with ‘Albert Riddle’s Last Ride’.

In the ‘Poetry’ category the winner was Jacqueline Duignan with ‘Ode to Blue’ and the runner-up was Noelle Lynskey with ‘Stripped bare against the sky’.

The event was graced by readings from the anthology’s contributors, offering a tantalising glimpse into the diverse and powerful stories and poems within its pages.

The success of the launch and the anthology itself underscores the vibrancy of the literary arts in Roscommon. ‘A Word in Your Ear’ not only celebrates the writers of today but also inspires the literary voices of tomorrow.

A very limited number of copies of the anthology are available to the public at Aras an Chontae. Please contact abutler@roscommoncoco.ie if you wish to avail of one.