Focus on Four is a Tipperary Bealtaine creative writing project involving the publication of a book, ‘Bridging the Distance,’ showcasing the poetry and prose of four Tipperary writers: Mary Caulfield from Cahir, Ann Dempsey from Carrick-on-Suir, Clogheen native Richard Cahill and Clonmel woman, Mary O’ Gorman. These writers, whose skill has been honed over many decades, address a diversity of subjects from the awe felt on observing a group of hares in a field to the story of ‘Sammy-Jo’, the wonder horse, retired now but still the Polocrosse champion of yesteryear. Prowess as a dart player is recalled as is kindness shown in the Men’s Shed. Thinning turnips is remembered, so too is a beloved uncle and his compatriots from Mayo who laboured long and hard in Norfolk.
Each writer also includes an essay examining the role writing has played in their lives. Helpful and practical advice for contemporaries who may be thinking of ‘taking up the pen’ is offered.
The Focus on Four Group will read from ‘Bridging the Distance’ at the following venues:
Marian Court Sheltered Housing, Morton Street, Clonmel at 10.30 on May 11th (Residents only)
Clonmel Library May 11th at 3.00. (Open to all)
Cahir Library May 14th at 11.00. (Open to all)
Ballingeary ICA Guild, Cahir May 14th 2.30 (Members only)
This project is facilitated and co-ordinated by Cahir writer, Margaret Galvin and funded by Tipperary Bealtaine 2022/Tipperary Arts Office
Thanks are extended to the library staff in Cahir and Clonmel, to the management of the Marian Court complex and to the members of Ballingeary ICA for hosting the readings.