Discover Form 1 Poetry

The Form 1 students of Dundalk Grammar School (with much support and encouragement from their English teachers) have collaborated on the production of “Discovery”, a volume of poetry.

The forward, from editor, Mr Jonathon Farrar, includes the following observations:

“Working on this anthology has been pure fun. From encountering initial drafts, to in-class readings, collaborative editing and the good times that go with all of those activities, I think it’s been a very positive experience for all involved.

Poetry shouldn’t be seen as the preserve of grown-ups, nor, indeed, any one group of people.  Neither should creative writing be seen purely as a literary game, played solely to achieve marks in the Junior or Leaving Certificate.  Discovery is testament to that; there’s a joy and abandon evident in these works that is very satisfying to behold.”

“Discovery” will be launched by Mr Niall MacMonagle in the school’s Finnamore Hall at 3pm on Monday 1st December.  This date also marks the formal completion of the school’s new library in the Harper Building.  To mark the occasion, school librarian, Mr Francis Foyle has invited Mr MacMonagle to visit the library at 2.30pm and meet with student librarians, available staff and members of the Parent Teacher Association (whose support in furnishing the library has been essential). This will be followed by the Poetry launch in the Finnamore Hall. Afterwards, all interested parents are invited to visit the library itself.

Niall MacMonagle is a teacher and critic. He is a regular contributor to RTE Radio 1 and writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent. He has edited several anthologies and textbooks including Real Cool, Outside In, Slow Time, Off the Wall, The Open Door Book of Poetry, the Lifelines series, TEXTA Transition Year English Reader,and Poetry Now.

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