The Athlone writing group will launch a new booklet of writings


A new digital collection of writings from the Castle Writers’ Group will be launched at Athlone Library this Thursday evening

The Castle Writers’ Group has released a new digital collection of scriptures in 2020 and will launch the printed booklet at Athlone Library this Thursday.

The book contains a mixture of poems, short stories and essays.

Editor-in-chief Margaret Franklin volunteered to compile the booklet and kept in touch with the writers by phone and email during the pandemic when they were unable to meet in person.

Ms. Franklin explained the reasoning behind the name of the booklet, “Out of the Cocoon”. “Because we were all cocooned, we couldn’t go out. Most of us are over seventy and now we have been liberated like butterflies and share our writings.

The first writing in the booklet is a poem by Noreen O’Rourke titled ‘Cocooned’ which details feelings of loneliness experienced during lockdown.

The band had to pay for the printing themselves as previously available grants have been cut and the band is trying to recoup its expenses through the sale of the booklet.

Six authors contributed to the booklet and there are about twelve members in the writers’ group.

Retired Librarian Geaorid O’Brien will officially launch the booklet at Athlone Library on Thursday March 24 at 6.30pm.

The Castle Writers Group was founded in 2003.

The group of writers meet at Athlone Library every three weeks to read their poems and short stories and encourage each other in their creative endeavours. Sometimes members give public readings and have published their writings.

The group of writers will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.

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