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Midlands Autumn Social Event (September 2019)

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Written by Eileen Moynihan

The SCBWI Ireland Midlands autumn social was held on Saturday September 14th in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This session was a continuation of a previous meetup where we decided to actively pursue our goal of producing an anthology of stories and poems for children. Since we last met, people have sent in submissions to me. Between us, we read the various pieces that have been submitted so far. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories and poems that made us laugh, were slightly sad, and made us think.

Eileen Moynihan

Photo: Eileen Moynihan reading from anthology story

Ann Gerety-Smyth and Eddy Lane

Photo: Ann Gerety-Smyth and Eddy Lane

There was much discussion, and we accompanied this with tea/coffee and buns, plus a box of chocolates kindly brought by Eddy Lane. Unfortunately, not everyone could attend due to different circumstances, but our anthology is making progress.

Food glorious food

Photo: Food, glorious food!

We also had a surprise visit from author Ruth Long, who was just dropping by with her husband Pat Fanning. They stayed and listened to some of the stories.

Author Ruth Long

Photo: Author Ruth Long

We decided that all entries have to be submitted by September 30th, as we want to do the anthology for Christmas. After that deadline, we will ask for submissions from children and adults for illustrations. We will give a short description for each story to explain what illustrations we are looking for. These can be emailed, posted, or dropped into Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. If dropping them in, people will need to ring first, in case the centre is closed.

Anthology submissions

Photo: Anthology story


Eddy Lane: “Good writers, lovely stories, great company, enjoyable, informative and fun.”

Ann Gerety-Smyth: “We had a lovely relaxing morning with stories full of imagination and big themes being dealt with gently and magically. A visit from author Ruth Long made the morning complete.”

Annette Corkery: “It was a lovely, interesting morning as usual. I loved hearing all the stories and poems and meeting new characters, especially Mel the mouse and Omie the Snail. Looking forward to the development of the anthology.”

Ruth Sweeney: “A wonderful story time for adults and a chance to step into a child’s world. I hope the children enjoy the stories as much as I did.”

Ruth Long: “I was delighted to meet everyone and listen to some of the wonderful stories being prepared for the forthcoming anthology. It’s a great collection in the making.”

Annette Corkery and Ruth Sweeney

Photo: Annette Corkery and Ruth Sweeney

All photos taken by Eileen Moynihan and Eddy Lane, except for the headshot kindly supplied by Ruth Long.