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SiarScéal Festival 2022

– including the Hanna Greally Literary Awards –

Saturday, 12 November is the date that has been announced for SiarScéal Festival 2022, which takes place at Roscommon County Library HQ, starting 10am. Details of the festival, including the full programme of events, have been posted to the festival website.

The Hanna Greally Literary Awards will be announced on the day, with a prize fund totalling €600 to be given out in cash prizes. Entries are still being accepted and the closing date is Friday, 14 October.

Entry is free but limited to one per person and may consist of poetry or prose but, should be on the theme of the competition, which is Sunlit Mornings, Ebbing Tides.

Full details, including terms and conditions and how to enter can be found on the SiarScéal website. Winners will be announced and, prizes presented at the festival in November.

SiarScéal Festival (with the associated Hanna Greally Literary Awards) has been taking place annually, in Roscommon, since 2007. The festival draws its inspiration from unique culture and heritage of the Roscommon environs, together with the regional counties of Leitrim and Sligo. Further information about SiarScéal, including how you can get involved and support their work, is available from their website.

Publications sponsored by SiarScéal, reflecting the array of talent that the festival has attracted over the years, are on sale and available to buy online from this website.

Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero by William Tiernan

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Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero by William Tiernan

Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan (sample chapters)

Poetry that fears not to go wherever the heart leads it: from the highs and lows, the light and the dark, the sun, the thunder and lightning, nature's bright beauty and cruelty beyond belief, running rivers and silvery streams, depression and nightmarish dreams. All this and more awaits the reader in the second volume of poetry from William Tiernan.

My brain is in my head but, my mind is just about everywhere.

The poet is always a loner but, in his heart and soul, he strives to be a real people’s person, not a fair-weather friend, not least to those who suffer the torments of this world. No matter how strong faith is, fear and doubt will test it to its core, weaken it if they can and, in some cases, sadly destroy. Love can be a cold stone nesting in a warm fire with its flame reaching out to heal but cannot reach a dying wound.

Tiernan’s poetry burns with insight, a true example of the fire inside the head that drives a person to create. Influences ranging from Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan to Patrick Kavanagh will be discerned but the voice is all his own: a unique voice that reaches out to people, addresses itself to themes that are universal, reflections that are often sadly true but, able and willing to rise to the challenges that they present.

Never let the sun go down on your hatred or your anger; it will eat you away. Depression is an illness of the mind and body, a cancer of the soul. Let’s support one another and defeat it.

Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero by William Tiernan
Poetry, lyric poetry, Irish authors, modern and contemporary, mental health
126 printed pages, paperback
First published in Ireland, in 2018, under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher
ISBN: 978-1-911442-10-3

About the Author

William Tiernan is a poet and author who resides in rural Galway, close to the Roscommon border. His writings reflect his personal experiences and convictions as well as strong ties to the community in which he lives, his identification with the place where he grew up.

Three collections of poems have been published to date: Greetings from Guilka, Ballymoe (2016), Bluesy Ballymoe (2018) and The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life (2022). In 2014, he was National Winner in the poetry category at the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon.

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