WORDS and Connections

It was a full house again last night at the February gathering of the WORDS Writer’s Group which is hosted with such warmth  by Sean and Miranda Corcoran at the intimate Art Hand, which is neatly nestled on the glorious Copper Coast here in Co. Waterford.

Sean Corcoran at WORDS Writer's Group
Sean Corcoran at WORDS Writer’s Group

This was the eighth meeting of WORDS and it continues to surprise with great performances from regulars and newcomers. There was a real cosmopolitan feel last night and we had gorgeous readings of poetry in Polish and Spanish, a song with both Gaelic and English words,  as well as lots of very different accents in the English language.

One of the aspects of WORDS that I like the most is the way in which it stirs up the thought processes. A few months back, I was captivated by a poem, written by Tom Power, in which he wove together all sorts of titles and lines from songs that were important to him. This had been playing on my mind and yesterday I had a great afternoon thinking about, and re-playing, songs that were part of my adolescent years.

There were just so many including : The Fortune’s Freedom Come, Freedom Go; Terry Jacks’ Seasons in the Sun; Roberta Flack’s Killing me Softly; Elvis’ Wooden Heart; virtually everything Kris Kristofferson ever sang, Kevin Johnson’s Rock ‘n Roll; and the absolutely unforgettable I’ve been to the Desert on a Horse with No Name,  which seemed to be the last song at every party I went to when I was thirteen or so.

It was an afternoon of connecting with my past and then last night I took courage and shared my jottings with the WORDS Group. The feedback has been really uplifting and I’ve been humming away all day while pondering on the many, many highlights from the other performers.

So, I reckon WORDS are definitely here to stay but the brilliant thing is that you just never know what each month will bring.

Edith Collier and Bunmahon, Co. Waterford ~ Gatherings from Ireland #11

Edith Collier (1885 -1964 ) was an artist from Wanganui in New Zealand who spent time in the beautiful village of Bunmahon, Co. Waterford in 1914 and 1915.  This was all I knew about this woman until last night when I had the good fortune to be among the audience at the Irish Premiere of a documentary, Village by the Sea, at the Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon.  The event was organised by Sean and Miranda Corcoran of the Art Hand, which is a dynamic Art School near Bummahon  the art hand . art school . waterford . ireland.


Village by the Sea, which was made in March 2012,  tells of Edith Collier’s time in Bunmahon and shows her paintings of people and places in the area.  There is wonderful camera work in the documentary which sets the portrayals of this magnificent artist against images of Bunmahon almost 1oo years on.

The intense atmosphere at the showing last night was one of warmly embracing Edith Collier back to the village of Bummahon which she clearly loved.  There was a real sense that she was back among us and I, for one, am starving to learn more and more about the life and times of  this fascinating  woman who serves as a major link between Co. Waterford and New Zealand.