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Fish Anthology 2018 LAUNCH

WEST CORK LITERARY FESTIVAL, MARITIME HOTEL, JULY  16

It was an unusually dry day for a West Cork summer and the sun shone on the fields across the harbour, and through the wall of glass behind the stage the 100 or so assembled at the Fish Anthology launch could see it all, and the boats bobbing on the glinting water, and yet they had gathered to listen to the 18 writers who came to celebrate and to mark their own achievement and that of their fellow contributors. They were not disappointed. The writers were all used to this kind of performing or had practiced hard and the work came alive time after time as we were treated to excerpts from stories and memoirs, and entire bite-sized poems and flashes. Eight of the writers had travelled from across the Atlantic, nine from across the Irish Sea, and a single Irish person, Georgia Edison, who read twice because unusually she had two stories in the Anthology, Yana, set in South east Asia, and Hope is a Thing With Feathers, set in a train station in London. She said that when Fish published a story of hers a few years ago it got rid of an item on her bucket list, and now that we were putting two in one book we were probably trying to kill her off.

It is one of the most challenging events at a literary festival, a reading from many different writers. The audience have to be paying attention, and keep it up through 18 different changes of direction, and when that attention doesn’t waver right to the end you know it has gone brilliantly. And it did.

Afterwards we trickled downstairs  to the bar in the hotel, had a drink and tried best we could to get to know each other, a tricky but rewarding task with so many. From there we osmosed to Ma Murphy’s bar and continued the evening. I think that some friendships were formed and the beginnings of a new shoal of the Fish family.

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Here are photos – Courtesy of Olly Breckon, son of Wendy Breckon pictured below. Wendy’s short memoir, Banbridge Lass, is in the Anthology.

PREPARATIONS: . . . 

READINGS:

Clem Cairns

 

Helen Chambers

Janet Smith Moore

Clem Cairns and Mary-Jane Holmes

Alan Falkingham

Travis Elsum

Georgina Edison

Fiona J. Mackintosh

Julian Stanford

Gail Anderson

Laura Mahal

Guinevere Glasfurd

Paul Hale

Craig Kenworthy

Marion Molteno

Jane Fraser

Wendy Breckon

Janet Murray

Denis Walder

Fiona Montgomery

Gabriella Attems

Group photo
Back row, left to right:
Travis Elsum, Alan S Falkingham, Craig Kenworthy, Paul Hale.
Middle row:
Fiona Mackintosh, Marion Molteno, Helen Chambers, Fiona Montgomery,  Denis Walder,  Wendy Breckon, Jane Fraser,  Georgina Edison.
Front row:
Janet Smith Moore, Janet Murray, Laura Mahal, Gabriella Attems, Gail Anderson, Julian Stanford, Guinevere Glasfurd 

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