“Let the Stories Be Told” Project Launch

At the Galway 2020 premises on Thursday 18 October, we launched our project, Let the Stories Be Told. This project is funded under the Small Towns Big Ideas initiative.

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The overall aim of the project is to publish a special issue of Skylight 47 magazine in 2019. This issue will focus on writing that aligns with the three main themes of Galway 2020: Language, Landscape, and Migration.

Our editorial team (Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, and Ruth Quinlan) want to extend the platform of a print literary magazine to more people through the special issue. In addition to the usual magazine, there will be an eight-page supplement to showcase writing from under-represented groups from Galway City and County who have not had their work published extensively. It will feature memoir, short fiction, poetry and visual art. Submissions to the supplement will be open to participants from creative writing groups in Galway City and County who identify themselves as under-represented in print media.

In addition, the editors will work closely with up to three selected groups, providing each group with skilled creative writing facilitation. The criteria for a creative writing group to be included in the project are that groups should be based in Galway City or County, identify as under-represented in existing print media, and have a special interest in creative writing.

All contributors to the special issue and supplement will be invited to the launch of the magazine in September 2019 to read their contribution before an audience. In addition each contributor will receive a free copy of the magazine. The magazine will then be distributed throughout Galway City and County.

Groups or writing facilitators wishing to participate in the project should email the editors at skylightpoets47@gmail.com to express their interest.

 

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Issue 11

Our deadline is fast approaching at the end of August for those of you out there who have yet to send us your poems!

Let the Stories be Told

We are delighted to announce that Skylight 47 has been successful in its application for funding under the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Small Towns Big Ideas project.

Let the Stories be Told aims to facilitate people who, ordinarily, would not get the opportunity to share their individual story. We want people to find their voice through creative writing and specifically in the forms of poetry, memoir, or short fiction.

Skylight 47 will print a selection of these writings in a special issue of the poetry paper, and invite contributors to read their submissions at a launch event. This special issue, dedicated to the themes of Language, Landscape, and Migration will be given to each of the contributors, and made available free of charge to the general public.

Copies will be widely distributed throughout Galway City and County in conjunction with the local library network to ensure ease of access and maximization of potential readership.

Launch of Issue 10

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of Issue 10! We’ll be launching in Galway City Library on 31 May at 6.30pm, and would love to see you there.

Our launcher is Jacqueline Saphra, poet, editor, agitator, teacher, organiser and word-enthusiast, who will also be reading on the night along with several of our contributors. You can find out more about her here.

Issue 10, here we come!

Marie Cadden RIP

Over the weekend, we were saddened to lose our dear friend Marie Cadden. Up until very recently, Marie was an integral member of our editing team, lending her poetry expertise, wisdom and great sense of humour to every editors’ meeting and issue launch – we were lucky to have her as long as we did.

There was a beautiful funeral yesterday for Marie in her home village of Spiddal, County Galway, where the church filled with her family and friends, with music, poetry and the spirit of this extraordinary woman.

Marie was not only co-editor of Skylight 47, she was also a great poet in her own right. Her first collection, Gynaecologist in the Jacuzzi, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2016. Her work was sensual, sassy, full of wisdom and humour.

While ill over the last few months Marie, in typical fashion, took on a project dear to her heart and to the benefit of others, bringing to fruition an important and inspiring project. Bosom Pals was published by Doire Press and edited by Marie. It was a very special poetry book: eight women, marvellous brave women, each with their own story and their own experience of breast cancer, wrote the poems in this anthology. The poems are funny, sad, and full of love, anger, loss and survival.

We and the Galway poetry community will miss Marie greatly. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

Penelope Shuttle to launch Issue 9

We are delighted to report that Penelope Shuttle will launch Issue 9 of Skylight 47 on Thursday 23 November at Galway City Library, 6.30pm. Penelope will be reading at this Over The Edge event. When you read her biography below, you’ll see what a treat we are in for!

Penelope Shuttle (b. 1947) has made her home in Cornwall since 1970 and the county’s mercurial weather and rich history are continuing sources of inspiration. So too is the personal and artistic union Shuttle shared with her husband, the poet Peter Redgrove, until his untimely death in 2003. The fruitful nature of their relationship is celebrated in her poetry and in the work they accomplished together, most notably in the ground-breaking feminist studies on menstruation, The Wise Wound, and its sequel, Alchemy for Women. Recognition came quickly for Shuttle with an Eric Gregory Award in 1974 that acknowledged her poetry’s visionary power. This quality is something she shares with the poets she read in translation, voices such as Rilke, Ahkmatova, and Lorca, whose early influence was far more profound than the pervading realism of the English poets of the period. Shuttle has also written five acclaimed novels as well as seven poetry collections, her Selected Poems (OUP, 1998) being a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.