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Poems should be no more than 40 lines long, use Times New Roman 12 and single spacing and be previously unpublished.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

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Boyne Berries 27 Submission Guidelines

Snowdrop Spring - Pixabay

The submission period for Boyne Berries 27 opens on Saturday 23rd November 2019 and closes on Wednesday 1st January 2020 at midnight. Boyne Berries will now be published on an annual basis and this year its publication will coincide with Trim Poetry Festival in March. From 2006 until 2019 Boyne Berries was published bi-annually in Spring and Autumn.

The submission guidelines for Boyne Berries 27 are as follows:


Send up to 3 poems per poetry submission. Poems should be no more than 40 lines long. Fiction and prose submissions should be no more than 1000 words. Please use Times New Roman 12 and single spacing. Please include a short biographical note (50 words or less). Submissions should be placed in the body of the email and attached as a word document attachment. 

Work should be previously unpublished. 

Submit to orla.a.fay@gmail.com only.

Submissions which fail to adhere to the above criteria will be ignored.




Thursday, 17 October 2019

New Launch Date for Boyne Berries 26

Poet Jean O'Brien

Issue 26 will now be launched on Thursday, 24th October at 8 pm in The Castle Arch Hotel, Trim. Poet Jean O'Brien will launch the issue. Contributors will read at the event, tea and coffee will be  served and admission is free. All welcome.

Jean O'Brien's New & Selected, Fish on a Bicycle is her fifth collection and was published by Salmon Poetry in 2016. She is an award-winning poet, having won, amongst others, The Arvon International Poetry Award and the Fish International, most recently she was Highly Commended for the Forward Prize.