Monday, November 29, 2010

Book launch postponed due to weather conditions

Scaling the Heights by Rosy Wilson will now be launched on Thursday 3 February 2011 in Signal Arts Centre, Bray. Guest Speaker Joe Woods, Director Poetry Ireland

Put it in your diary now!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rosy Wilson launches new book

Rosy Wilson has written her second collection of poetry, Scaling the Heights. Joe Woods, Director of Poetry Ireland, will launch her book on Wed 1st Dec in Signal Arts Centre, Bray. Everyone is invited to join the party which kicks off at 7pm.
Her book can be ordered from this site.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Poems from Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Stepping back

from a country
a world
an economy in crisis

on a misty morning
I pocket acorns
raining down

pick up conkers
still creamy
in their wombs

promising to find
a vacant site,
damp soil for them.

After that
they’re on their own.

by Judy Russell


To say
I’ve been here
among the teacups
and the plates
the struggling
and the great

is enough

by Carol Boland



Wistful evening light and quiet
lends me a still life of leaves
fragile in their leaving, a brocade

of sycamore and oak, one sequoia tree
high, out of its world, blue limestone paths
and shadows green on green.

I memorise the moment
when darkness closes in, there will be
times when I shall  need it.

by Bernie Kenny

As I reach the lake

ripples reflect
lights of the morning
some pink like the dawn
more grey and silver

five ducks fly over
holding formation
like Children of Lir grown
smaller and brown

scoot quacking
on wavelets to shallows
the shelter of reeds
leaving the water

silent and still
as pools of your eyes
blue flecked with hazel
before they were closed.

On the shore under cover
of hazel and chestnut
mindfulness stretching
I breathe in this autumn.

by Rosy Wilson

Seven Poppy Pods Stand Tall
                                      after a painting by Helen Comerford

encrusted paint on board
wild red petals faded, fallen.
Seven round bellies fatten grey,
they are in pod, ready
to drop seed for spring
to rouse the flower.

came in late autumn
beyond showy petal
milk-filled sap, seed filled belly.

Bealtaine came in autumn
pregnant with words.
by Marguerite Colgan

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Shed Poets at Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Five Shed Poets as members of Bealtaine Writers returned recently
from a week in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan. With workshops each morning, swims in and boating on the lake, and lots of forest walks, there will be poems galore posted on this site shortly

Keep watching

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Shed Poets with Liz McManus T.D.

From L to R: Rosy, Judy, Bernie, Carol, Liz McManus T.D. Maureen and Marguerite

Monday, August 23, 2010

Launch pics of the poets


Rosy with Liz MeManus T.D.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Strands of Silk Launch - Full House

What an evening! The launch of Strands of Silk held on Thursday 5th August was a great success with the Signal Arts Centre packed with well-wishers for the group's fourth publication. The crowd included artists, poets, musicians, friends and family from as far afield as Gorey in the south to Swords in the north.

Liz McManus T.D. who launched the evening, spoke of the high quality of the poems and the publication before handing over to the poets who each read two poems from the book.

A collection which reveals over and over the dangerous joy of dealing unashamedly and fearlessly, for better or worse, with the myriad possibilities of the real
                                      from Foreword by Macdara Woods

If you would like to purchase this fine book - price €7 - then email us at or tel M: 0851138367

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shed Poets on Arts News Lyric FM

The deed is done - Rosy Wilson has been interviewed by Aedin Gormley for the Arts News slot on Drive Time. We will let you know went the interview will be aired.

Well Done Rosy!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Shed Poets to read on Lyric fm

Lyric fm's Aidin Gormley will be interviewing the Shed Poets on her radio show.
We'll let you know the date and time soon!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Liz McManus TD to launch Strand of Silk

We are delighted to announce that Liz McManus TD has kindly agreed
to launch our forthcoming publication on Thursday 5th August in
Signal Arts Centre, Bray.

All welcome to join us in our celebration

Monday, July 5, 2010

Invitation to launch of Strands of Silk

    You are invited to the launch of

    Strands of Silk

   A selection of poems by

   The Shed Poets

   Thursday 5 August 2010

   7pm – 9pm

   Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

   We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some Poems

The name of our new poetry book has been agreed - Strands of Silk.
We hope to launch this exciting fourth publication early August and in the meantime
here are a few more poems . . .

When I peel onions

I cry for the child I was,

playing with chanies
finding late strawberries
and getting in the way
while father saved his onion crop
spread it out to dry.

On Lenten Fridays, onions
made dinner, sautéed in butter
with parsley sauce, potatoes,
pepper, salt, great appetites.

For Easter Day boiled onion skins
dyed our hard-boiled eggs
Rhode Island red and we were eight
around the breakfast table

when the sun danced.

Bernie Kenny

Sorcery in Caheraderry

The home grows from a ring fort
through the clay of Caheraderry
as we fish lines of syllables
from grey Liscannor stone.

Across a marshy field, flag irises
shine through this greener grass
oversee the lift and return
of two coffin stools

legs turned vermicular and
splayed to take the load -
appanages of dignity that lightly
held a master’s weight a month ago.

And like the sorcerer’s apprentice
we witness the breaking of a spell
as coffin stools turn back
into occasional tables.

Carol Boland

She chose the rose

You live in oracle song
arouse the wisdom of sages
whose stories sing
in the lilt of your pen.

Through your epics
Cú Chulainn stalks
in rhyme upon rhyme
a hero alive in the Táin.

Maude Gonne at Howth station
you knelt at her feet
but her heart only listened
to a marching beat.
Maureen Perkins

Friday, May 21, 2010

A selection of poems

The Shed Poets are currently working on a fourth collection of poems. There are just a few:

As black clouds gather 

rain spits tinny drops
on the empty watering can,
butterflies dart frantic for cover.

The birds have gone quiet,
thunder prowls along the ridge,
as black clouds gather

a rocking girl stops up her ears,
the post man pedals past
half forgotten prayers
under his breath
as black clouds gather

Judy Russell

I dream tonight

you are beside
me in the bed

I turn over quietly
not to disturb your sleep

stretch a gentle arm
Around your shoulder

hub empty air where
your firm flesh should be

as though a hare
has loped over the edge

a heron’s flown form
its familiar tree.        

Rosy Wilson 

Bald eagle

 An old cottontree traces trunk and limbs,
skeletal, across bare blue winter sky,
a bald eagle, blacksheen cloak, white hood
perches on the highest twig.

The sacred bird looks over his America,
land older than the united states.
Once it was prairie home to the red-man,
crossed by pioneers on Waggon Road inching West.
The Big Dry Creek flows still a slow stream.

Tumbleweed hurtles by as always
prairie dogs whoop their sundance, now
coyotes keep shy distance as tarmac
and rubber tyres crisscross this plain,
the stripmall, Mc Donalds,  the village new-planted.

Does he notice us purring by in the red mustang. 

Marguerite Colgan