Waterford Writers’ Weekend 2013 ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 78


The dawning of March brings heightened anticipation of  Waterford Writers’ Weekend which takes place from March 21st-24th. This year’s line-up of readings, workshops and events is akin to all the spring buds just bursting to reveal their fresh colours, creativity and inspiration.


The spirit of Sean Dunne ( 1956-1995), arguably Waterford’s greatest ever poet, is fundamental to the Writers’ Weekend and I would like to bring you one of his poems which I particularly love:



Sean Dunne

King of Sunday, guard the wells

and streams. Preserve the woods.

King of Monday, guard the cry

of corncrakes in the mown meadow.

King of  Tuesday, let live the frail

petals in limestone landscapes.

King of Wednesday, spare the thin

grass where herds of reindeer feed.

King of Thursday, care for the low

cries of field mice after harvest.

King of Friday, care for the surge

of salmon beneath a Corrib bridge.

King of Saturday, attend the birds:

oiled wings flapping; their clogged throats. 

 from Collected: Sean Dunne  (2005) Gallery Press

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

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