We are delighted to announce the results of our In House poetry competition for May.
Winner of the prize money was Jay Rafferty and Highhly Commended Jacqui Ruddell. Absent for the presentation and also
recipients of certificates Mollie Maguire and Stephen McStravick. Many congratulations to all who participated
June's 3 topics are; 1) 'I Wish' 2) Mental Health 3) Nostalgic Memories.
All finalists work posted on our website and Social media pages remains the writers property.
Snobbery by Jay Rafferty
A stain glass snout snorts
wet over the town. Contemptuous,
holier than thou, a pedigree of mortar
and sandstone. Like its clear glassed
siblings weren’t hewn in the same quarry.
Hello by Jacqui Ruddell
It’s late, I cannot sleep,
My heart feels numb
I’ve tried counting sheep
Now you are gone
I message your phone;
‘Wish you knew
I sorely miss you’”
Just Getting Home
Aroma of Sunday roast fills the air.
Laughter bellowing throughout the house.
Witnessing smiles released from faces.
Rapidly wrapped in loving arms.
Scrumptious flavours enrapture my taste buds.
GOOD AND EVIL. by Stephen McStravick
LOCK UP YOUR CHILDREN
IT’S EVIL WITH A “ D”
COTTON BLACK POOR BLUES
JUMPED THE FIELDS AND CAME TO TOWN.
THE RIGHTEOUS WHITE ARE ALL SHOOK UP
This Friday 8pm Abbey Lane Theatre Armagh City guest artist the multi talented fiddler Sinead McKenna. Doors open 7.45pm £5 BYOB. A warm welcome awaits all performers. An event for all the community.
One of Augher's most talented daughters is Sinead McKenna. This renowned singer-songwriter, trad musician and champion fiddle player is our guest artist for this month's Open Mic on the 26th.
Sinead was one of a few dozen exceedingly-talented Irish musicians and dancers chosen to fly to Dubai to represent the Emerald Isle at the World Expo recently.
The launch of her album is due in the coming days and if you are lucky enough to get in to Abbey Lane you can hear those songs and tunes played live. This young lady's talents are not to be missed and Armagh Theatre Group are chuffed Sinead has accepted our invite as Guest Artist for May's Open Mic Night.
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.
Ain't no mountain high enough...
Hugh thanks to Marian Rafferty ( the famous Rafferty's of Ballymacnab) and friends in there fund raising efforts climbing the Banks of Seagahan Dam...No no no wrong!
The heights of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. A mere 19,341 ft. Well done to you and this HUGH CONGRATULATIONS for achieving your goal. ATG is very grateful for your wonderful donation of £550 towards our funds. Just giving page is closed, thanks to all who supported Marian.
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.
Rachel Toner presents Lily Rose , Eugene and Joe their awards at Abbey Lane Theatre's inaugural poetry competition which kicked off February's Open Mic.
Lily Rose Conway was delighted to be presented with our cash prize for overall winner.
'Great Oak'. on the topic Nature, was the unanimous winner among the judges and Lily Rose read out her poem in front of a full house .
Highly commended certificates were awarded to Eugene Dugan-Brause for his 'Deadlock Deja Vu' on the topic Groundhog Day and Joe McGinley's
'Three in to two' on the topic Loves Triangle.
We would like to acknowledge all the poets who submitted to the competition and to such a high standard throughout.
'Great Oak' by LilyRose Conway.
Sharp snaps, halted tracks
Soaring oak, old as ages,
Painfully bent, barraged,
Felled at hands of men.
Sinfully fascinating sight,
This timeless majesty slain,
Joining its neighbours blight.
'Deadlock Deja Vu' by Eugene Dugan-Brause
Border on water
Border on land
Border in the government
Dwelling of the damned.
You who share power,
show us the way.
Probably not. Likely not.
Not on Groundhog Day.
'Three in to two' by Joe McGinley
Armagh Theatre Group are delighted with the response to our new poetry competition 30/3/30.
We would love to see all participants at tomorrow nights Open Mic if possible but can we give you a big
for all your submissions. The standard of poetry was very high and a great spread over the 3 topics which gave the
judges a torturous time picking a winner. Highly commendable certificates will therefore be presenting to 3 runners up in each topic.
So hope to see as many poets as possible and thanks once again for making this inaugeral 30/3/30 a success.
Start 8pm Limited seating!
Our poetry competition 30/3/30 (30 words/3 topics to choose/ £30 for winner) closes tomorrow night at midnight for submissions.
If you are thinking of entering get your finger out and get your submissions in!