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Writers return to Lanesboro

Writers Colin Carberry, Kieran Fury and Jack Harte with Longford County Librarian Mary Carlton Reynolds. Photo: Declan Gilmore

Writers Colin Carberry, Kieran Fury and Jack Harte with Longford County Librarian Mary Carlton Reynolds. Photo: Declan Gilmore

Lanesboro Library was a hive of activity on Wednesday, April 16 last, as three writers with local links visited to share a selection of readings.

Canada-born Colin Carberry is well-known as an international poet and translator. Raised in Lanesboro, Co Longford, he recently made a welcome return to the area for the successful literary event.

Colin’s work has appeared in anthologies, journals and newspapers, both in print and online, in countries all over the world including Canada, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland and Mexico. Colin is also the author of three poetry books.

Writer and novelist, Jack Harte, was also welcomed back to the area, having been raised in Lanesboro from the age of nine. As Chairman of the Irish Writers’ Centre, Jack dedicated himself to the development of writers throughout the country. During his literary career, he has written a number of collections of short stories as well as two novels.

The line-up was completed by local man Kieran Furey, a native of nearby Curraghroe, Co Roscommon. With over 20 self-published books of short stories, satire, poetry and travel material already under his belt, Kieran recently joined forces with artist Lucy Brennan Shiel on an exhibition at the Backstage Theatre, Longford.

Each of the three writers were given a warm welcome to the library and a great night was had by all in attendance.

Speaking about the literary evening, Longford County Librarian, Mary Carleton Reynolds happily reported that the event was a huge success.

“The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by book lovers and writers who came together and experienced the diversity of these local, yet international, writers. Family and friends belonging to the writers also joined us, for what was a wonderful evening.”

 

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