I’ve always loved playing with words and have been enthralled by the WORDS Writer’s Group which was set up almost a year ago now. It is held at the Art Hand, which is situated near Bonmahon at one of the most scenic parts of Co. Waterford’s stunning and historic Copper Coast.
The Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month and the whole essence of the event is that we share words ~ be they our own or those written by others. These are words across genres, generations and are local, global ~ mainly in English but sometimes not; mainly face-to-face but sometimes via Skype from far flung places. You can sit and listen, sit and respond or stand up and perform ….. with performance being as widely interpreted as the words themselves.
My contribution for this months event arose out of staring at a blank page with the letters W O R D S scrawled at the top. It dawned on me that moving the letter S to the beginning brought a SWORD into play and suddenly I could see a ginormous paper knife slitting open a huge envelope of words, thoughts, emotions, imaginings … that have been evoked by the WORDS Writer’s Group since its inception. The words that tumbled onto the page included:
Wounds Opposites Roots Darkness Ships
Winnings Ordinary Remembrance Dawnings Secrets
Worth Opportunity Realities Drawings Senses
Welcome Openings Records Drives Seamus Heaney
Warmth Oddities Reading Drinks Storms
Wonderment Observations Responses Death Sea Pinks
Wrappings Oneness Reactions Direction Songs
Willow Order Roadways Dread Singing
Winding Oceans Rhyme Doors Sounds
Wine Rhythm Dreams Silence
Whispers Reaching Desserts Sophisticated
Whipping Deserts Simple
Writing Daftness Soft
WORDS Writer’s Group is very much a work in progress and I know that all the participants will have their own special words from the year that flown. I can’t but wonder what will be unleashed as we move into the future together….