To remind you the three topics for March are......... Secrets; War; Changed Times;
Thrity words maximum and the chosen winner gets £30. Also runners up receive a Highly Commended certificate and their poems published on our website and social media pages. Presentations are held at our monthly Open Mic, Friday 31st March at 8pm in Abbey Lane Theatre Armagh. Get writing poets!
After 4 years in excile Abbey Lane welcome the return of Colin Hassard , Banbridge's world famous musical poet.
Our scene of a packed Abbey Lane Theatre from 2019 will remind you how popular Colin is with our audience. Now an established international author with is debut poetry collection 'Age of the Microwave Dinner' in 2021 Colin now ranks as the 16th most famous person from Banbridge.
After a successful launch on Friday's Open Mic we look towards March 31st as our next date for Open Mic and the
30/3/30 poetry competition; 30 words /3 topics /£30 prize. The three topics for March are
1) SECRETS 2) WAR 3) CHANGED TIMES.
Start 8pm Limited seating!
Doreen McBride has many irons in the fire. If she ever retires she can claim 5 pensions; Author, Folklorist, Storyteller, Broadcaster and National treasure. Proof, if proof be needed, that mulity tasking is alive and kicking in CoDown.
She describes herself as a biology teacher who has gone wrong! And goes on to say...
'I enjoyed teaching but suddenly went bananas! I felt as if it wasn’t me responding to pupils, but some stranger pulling strings.
I told a very dear friend who said,’You’re suffering from burnout. That happens to teachers. You give and give and give for years and find there’s nothing left. Other countries have sabbaticals and that fixes the problem. There’s no such thing here so I suggest you try something different.’
So I did. I’ve always written as a sideline so I decided to take it seriously. And here I am. The author of many books on folklore, folktales, local history, busy recording things I feel it would be a shame to lose. Our past is our heritage. We should treasure it.'
We are delighted to welcome Doreen as our guest artist of the month to Abbey Lane Theatre's Open Mic night, friday 27th January.