Oldcastle Writers Group were at it again last night for another evening of myth and magical storytelling. We were at the Oldcastle Masonic Hall this time as part of Le Cheile Arts and Music Festival. We set up as we had previously with our props and started with the excerpt of the play. It ran to just over four minutes so enough to whet the appetite for more. I did sell a few CD’s and the funds raised there will go to the charity Irish Dogs for the Disabled.
One of our number who read last week was missing because she went on a bank holiday weekend break, fair play to her. But we still had five stories to read and an enthusiastic audience to entertain. Once again we put on light refreshments, wine, and a raffle.
For this event, we decided to include a comment book. While audience reaction can often be discerned in the quality of the silence as well as the intent look on faces to be able to read and keep written comments struck us as a great idea. Fortunately, the comments were great and I’ve photographed a page so that you can see just how good we are.
The group has been in existence for four months and has achieved a great deal in the time. We are taking a well-earned break during August and concentrating on writing and reading at our meetings. It gives us a chance to recharge (cliche) and develop new stories. As we have been invited to read for other organisations we must have a batch of new work ready to put out. Already, our programme from September is gathering speed plus we want to obtain funds and grants so that we can hold workshops to further develop our writing skills.