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A Step Back in Time

The Gang Oldcastle Writers Group
The Gang Oldcastle Writers Group

On Friday night in the BOOKMARKet, Kells the Oldcastle Writers Group presented a reading of short stories in seanchai style and the airing of the radio play Lady Invincible. Two actors planned to accompany us but they came down with shingles. One became very poorly, the other is a carrier. Didn’t want that to pass on to anyone so we continued without them.

Five of us read pieces which we wrote for this event. We delivered them in a cosy setting, sitting around tables with wine and nibbles. Mine was one called The Black Dog and it had a Welsh setting. Another, written and read by a Elly Thompson, was called The Tokolosh and had a South African setting based on a Zulu myth and its effect on the Zulu population. The remaining three were based on Irish stories about the Hellfire Club from Audrey Hayes, the Curse of Johnny Murphy by Amanda J Evans and the Mountain Man of Mayo by Caroline Connolly.  They were enjoyed by everyone.

After the stories, we switched on the ‘radio’ and listened to Lady Invincible. At 36 minutes, the play was a bit  too long so next time we will just play an excerpt. I did sell three CD’s of the play and the funds go to support the charity Irish Dogs for the Disabled. Thank you to everyone.

Blow me. I forgot to publish it when it was written. We’re now doing the same thing for Le Cheile on Thursday evening at Oldcastle Library and on Sunday evening at the Masonic Hall in Oldcastle. On both occasions the evening is free with refreshments offered. Donation buckets will be available and a raffle for some decent spot prizes. There is an extra story too. It will be great. I hope you can join us.

Double blow me. I was reminded by a good friend that a donation from the event will be made to the charity Irish Dogs for the Disabled. I will be selling CD’s to raise funds for the charity too. The CD is the complete radio play Lady Invincible. Phew!

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  1. Audrey Hayes Audrey Hayes

    Don’t forget a donation will be made from proceeds to Irish Dogs for the Disabled! Looking forward to two great nights

  2. Sounds like a lovely evening. Good luck with the next one.

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