Tuesday 16 June 2020

Boyne Berries closed for submissions.

Boyne Berries is currently closed for submissions. 

Boyne Berries is closed for submissions at the moment while the group ponders its future. It's likely that the magazine will not continue publishing as an open submission print magazine. We are using this difficult period to consider alternatives. 

So please do not send submissions to Boyne Berries. 
If you do they will be ignored!

Boyne Berries 27 - Spring 2020 was the last print issue. Copies are available, see puchasing details on the right. Some back issues are also available. Email trimpoetry@gmail.com if interested.

Boyne Berries 28 was a special issue to mark Poetry Day, Ireland and it was only available as a free pdf download due to the COVID lockdown. Download link in a post below.

Boyne Berries 28 will be included in UCD library's Special Collections as part of their Poetry in Lockdown collection.  This will be part of the Irish Poetry Reading archive in UCD Special Collections.

Thursday 4 June 2020

3 New Video Poem Recordings from Boyne Berries 28, The Covid Issue

Brian Kirk reads his poem from the issue: 

Éamon Mag Uidhir reads his poem from the issue:

Mari Maxwell reads her poem from the issue:

Thursday 30 April 2020

Boyne Berries 28 - The Covid Issue

Boyne Writers Group marked Poetry Ireland Day 2020 in these remarkable times by compiling a special digital issue of their magazine Boyne Berries. The magazine was launched on 30 April 2020 and is available free as a pdf download. Poems had to adhere to the theme chosen by Poetry Ireland for that day: “There will be time.”

From the Editor's Foreword:

Poetry Ireland asked us to consider the notion that ‘There will be time’ and we responded with a wonderful wave of poetry, a tsunami as great as that off Kanagawa, spilling on the shores of that universe, the heart, in foams of cherry blossom words.

In this pandemic we seek each other out at a distance. The Dog of Technology has its day. What is important, health, family, friendship and the natural world have come to be our pillows. The writers, the musicians and the dreamers arrive to save our souls and raise our spirits.

We stand on the shoulders of giants shooting arrows of hope, pulled back to go further forward to a better future, as Venus glimmers in the evening sky. We are in this together.

It has been an honour to edit this online issue of Boyne Berries which is intended to be a beacon in darkness. Thank you to all the contributors.

Is mise, le meas,   Orla

Rachel Coventry reads her poem from this issue:

Michael Farry reads his poem from this issue:

Sinéad MacDevitt reads her poem from this issue:

Friday 3 April 2020

Poetry Ireland Day 2020 - Boyne Berries: The Covid Issue

Boyne Writers Group intends to mark Poetry Ireland Day 2020 in these remarkable times by compiling a special online issue of their magazine Boyne Berries. The magazine will be launched on 30 April 2020 and be available free, as a pdf download only.

Poets are invited to submit one poem only each to the editor, Orla Fay, who will choose in the region of 30 poems for the issue. Poems should adhere to the theme chosen by Poetry Ireland, “There will be time.” More information on their website. 

Poems should be no more than 40 lines long, use Times New Roman 12 and single spacing and be previously unpublished. Please include a short biographical note, which should be 50 words or less. If longer, all text after 50 words will be omitted. 

Submissions should be placed in the body of the email and attached as a word document. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on Sunday 19 April to orla.a.fay@gmail.com only.

Monday 9 March 2020

Launch of Boyne Berries 27 postponed.

Please note that due to the current health crisis Trim Poetry Festival and all associated events, Boyne Berries 27 launch, Poetry Competition results, launch of "Troubles", workshop etc have been postponed.

Saturday 22 February 2020

Boyne Berries 27 Launch

Cover Design by Rory O'Sullivan 

Boyne Berries 27 will be launched on Friday, 13th March at 7.30 pm by Pat Dunne as part of Trim Poetry Festival. Pat Dunne was born in Trim, Co. Meath and is an internationally successful crime writer. Dunne studied English and Philosophy at UCD and worked as Press Officer for Bord na gCapall before joining RTÉ Radio where he produced the station’s flagship Gerry Ryan Show. He retired in 2004 to become a full-time writer. Meath’s history and heritage feature prominently in his archaeological thrillers. Dunne is also a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1 and lives in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, with his wife Theckla.

This issue contains the work of the ten poets shortlisted for Trim Poetry Competition 2020 and 42 other pieces of work. Those included are:

Kate Ennals Liam McNevin Arthur Broomfield Eamon Cooke Dan A. Cardoza Seán Kennedy Peter Goulding Felicia McCarthy Polly Richardson Mark Ward Stephen de Búrca Kevin Graham Peter Adair Lorraine Carey Angela Kirwan Michael Farry Justin Aylward Anne Crinion Glenn Hubbard Richard W. Halperin Sinéad MacDevitt Carolyne Van Der Meer Honor Duff Diarmuid Fitzgerald Marc Gijsemans K.S. Moore L.R. Harvey Eugene Platt Elizabeth McGeown Róisín Bugler Niamh Twomey Maria Isakova Bennett Gerard Smyth Rory Duffy Linda Ibbotson Conor Kelly Orla Fay Frances Browne Matt Hohner Catherine Conlon John D. Kelly David Butler Martin Sykes Marian Brannigan Patrick Lodge Karen O’Connor Maeve McKenna Steve Wade Claire Hennessy John Conroy Jenny Andersson Anne Callan