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Tuesday 6 December 2016

New collection speaks volumes of writers' talent

Librarian Helen Corcoran with writers Margaret Maguire and Aisling Doonan, whose work is in Scriobh Scribbles
Librarian Helen Corcoran with writers Margaret Maguire and Aisling Doonan, whose work is in Scriobh Scribbles

A special book featuring short stories and poems by seven talented writers has been launched by celebrated author Gerry Boland, creator of the popular Marco children's books.

The 30 short stories and poems in Scriobh Scribbles are funny, witty, poignant and cast a humorous eye over rural realities and human relationships and introduce some memorable characters.

Poems by Kevin Patrick, particularly Death Notices, capture a unique part of rural life and local radio.

Heartbreaking stories such as The Snow Angels by Margaret Maguire and His World by Lionel Mullally will stay long in the memory, while Aisling Doonan's proposal in Merging Traffic can't fail to raise a smile.

Detective

One of the short stories even centres on the world's most famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, set decades after he last appeared in literature.

All the writers are members of the Carrigallen Creative Writing Group which was established in the Co Leitrim town in 2011 when town librarian Helen Corcoran approached author Susie Minto with a view to establishing the writing group.

With initial funding from Leitrim Arts Office and Leitrim Libraries, the group met and grew in Carrigallen Library.

Scriobh Scribbles, which was launched at the Kilbracken Arms Hotel is Carrigallen, is priced at €10.

It will be available in local shops across counties Leitrim and Cavan and can be bought through Amazon and downloaded on Kindle.

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