Elena Buttner gave a wonderful workshop on pottery making and I left Doneraile the proud owner of one of her pieces. There are people already entheustacilly writing songs who attended Ger Woulfe’s workshop. The event was opened by Senator David Norris in Creagh Castle. Senator Norris gave a wonderful talk on the castle, Joyce, his own ancestry and anything else that came into his head; a wonderful speaker.
Peter Duffy performed a fantastic one-man show depicting “The Great Hunger” by Patrick Kavanagh. The show portrays the full poem version of this work. The long epic poem is one of the great works of Irish literature and perhaps Kavanagh’s masterpiece. It was banned at one stage and the powers that were decided to prosecute Kavanagh for writing pornography. When the Garda arrived at Kavanagh’s flat with the summons, Kavanagh’s comment was “It’s good enough for me. Anyone that writes anything that a policeman can understand deserves anything they get.”
|Duffy as Maguire|
Peter Duffy, in costume, says:
Where the potato-gatherers like mechanised scarecrows move
Along the side-fall of the hill - Maguire and his men.
If we watch them an hour is there anything we can prove
Of life as it is broken-backed over the Book
Of Death? Here crows gabble over worms and frogs
And the gulls like old newspapers are blown clear of the hedges, luckily.
Is there some light of imagination in these wet clods?
The stage becomes a potato-field in “October-colured weather.”
We lost two of our most famous literary figures since I was in contact with you last. Maeve Binchy, world-famous novelist and newspaper columnist passed away and a few days later Con Houlihan top sports writer and “Irelands greatest man of letters” went to the celestial newsroom.
My One-Act play A Wolf by the Ears will be staged by the Shindig Drama group. Watch this space!