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Explosions
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By Debbie Caulfield There were three, one of them, quite innocent, perpetrated by me. We had one of those old valve TVs, big wooden box, small picture. It had been kept alive for several years by John, the repair man. He wore a string vest in a shop crammed full … Continue reading

For She Is Art
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By Nuala Carten A cobalt blue streak, lies in the hollow of her neck ritually anointing her hallowed pulse. Droplets of yellow gold, curve a trail to the allure and warmth of her unashamed unbridled breast. Lovett shaded green, nestles in one unruly curl jealously guarding her from those who … Continue reading

Summer Daze
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By Bridie Canning The huge Chieftain Oak outside the kitchen window was the only tree on the landscape. During the night, her first in the holiday cottage, Meave was scared the high wind was going to blow it over on to the roof The storm passed over leaving droplets of … Continue reading

Two Snippets
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Fragility: My body, the house I live in, compact, chunky solid, taken for granted, compared out. When it no longer functions, gives up, burns out, does my spirit, the essence housed inside, go as well? Or, like some mystics believe, does this culmination of a life, lesson learned, wisdom gained, … Continue reading

The Inspection
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By Paddy Mulan Miss Flood stood wooden-faced, at the front of the class. She was a formidable figure, heavy without being fat, with dyed brown hair swept up and back, Maggie Thatcher style. Beside her and dressed in a white coat, an equally large Nurse Dunne was pulling on a … Continue reading

Epiphany
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Every morning after turning on my computer, I access The American Heritage Dictionary program and its word for the day. This day, the word that came up was: Zymurgy – The branch of chemistry that deals with the fermentation process, as in brewing. I laughed heartily because exactly thirteen years … Continue reading

The Inspection
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By Paddy Mulan Miss Flood stood wooden-faced, at the front of the class. She was a formidable figure, heavy without being fat, with dyed brown hair swept up and back, Maggie Thatcher style. Beside her and dressed in a white coat, an equally large Nurse Dunne was pulling on a … Continue reading

Abandoned
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By Paddy Mulan It was a special day. Rory’s twenty-first. Where was he? Why had he not come like a knight in shining armour and swept her away? They could set up home like a proper family. Sinead still clung limpet-like to the possibility that one day he might find … Continue reading

The Wonderful Girls
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By Nuala Carten What wonderful girls, How did they come to be here? Is it possible they are ours, those blessed blasted girls. Birthing Jesus couldn’t feel better than this, Watching them grow far beyond our scope Realising more for us, Than a shiftless nod to hope. Afraid to contaminate … Continue reading

Monuments and Myths
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By Bridie Canning Sleeping warriors wait under Beiderhg, Peat blanketing their ancient bones. Beached white horses thrashing Roar. Is it our time? Oisin, Cormac, Daithi dreaming in Belderrig Your names recall the sleeping warriors. Unleashed war-horses thrashing Snort. It is our time. … Continue reading

The Lost Word?
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By Bridie Canning Lost the word? Why? It is deep in the mind. The age had hidden it. Why? Would it evoke pain? Memory holds hidden words, Forbidden words, secret words, Words that incite, inflame, Words of anger and pleasure. Was Nature taking its revenge Showing its displeasure At the … Continue reading

The Fallen
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Bridie Canning Distortion of language kills. “Smart bombs, Friendly Fire, Taken out, collateral damage” Men, women, children die. Statues topple, echoes from Iraq Rebound off Derry Walls, Symbols of power inanimate, Animated by people’s anger, Fall in hope of democracy, Language distorted hides death. … Continue reading

Love’s Architect
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Weaving a web of wondrous words into a centre that cannot hold them, verses expand ever outward in a widening orb of sonorous sounds that, like a spider’s web caught in dawn’s ambient light, exposes an exquisite poetic design that gives passionate expression to desire. … Continue reading

Stones
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The stone that found me at An Creagán has joined others From fields and beaches travelled; Santa Barbara, Connemara, Grand Canyon, Bays Bodega, Clew, Chesapeake, Spanish Point, Yellowstone, Geneva, Lakes Michigan, Swilly, Tahoe, Oceans Pacific and Atlantic. Talismans marking life’s journey; Seeking, guiding, protecting me. A spectrum of mottled color; … Continue reading

Lough Swilly Trilogy
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Vista Sun-washed salt-marsh shore Rainbow fragment Heron wading with measured steps Solitary walker Distant snow-capped mountain range Horseback rider Fishing boats’ crews setting nets Window framed. Spring A plethora of birds ply the airspace out my bedroom window; hawks, seagulls, ducks, blackbirds, herons, wrens, robins, doves, crows. In their frenzied … Continue reading

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ICAN Conference Nine Tenths Under: Performing the Peace
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We would love you to join us at the next ICAN Conference Nine Tenths Under: Performing the Peace at the Brian Friel Theatre, Belfast on 22nd – 24th March 2012.icanconprogram
The launch will take place on the evening of the 22nd March. The 23rd and 24th March will include a combination of presentations, performances and group conversations from 9.30am – 4.30pm with an evening event on Friday 23rd March. More information soon!