During the pandemic we have been lucky enough to continue our work and association with second-generation Irish poet Ian Duhig FRSL who we last worked with on the very well-received and reviewed 'The Trojan Donkey' publication.
The idea came about as part of a conversation between Deirdre Quill, former Team Leader with LIHH and Community Support Worker, Teresa O'Driscoll who were aware of the mental health impact the pandemic was having on members of our community, especially around the whole issue of bereavement, grief and the traditions that surround seeing people on their final journey.
A discussion with Ian cemented ideas and a series of online get togethers drew up formats and project plans. The Irish Government through the Emigrant Support Programme's Emergency COVID-19 Response fund generously provided funding to carry the project through to publication.
All age groups and abilities were included in bringing the idea to life and original deadlines for entries were extended as we were overwhelmed with poetry and prose in all shapes and guises. Winners were chosen in a number of categories and an online prize-giving ceremony took place in March 2021.
The Anthology has been foreworded by His Excellency the Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, Adrian O'Neill and is a unique piece of social history in an equally unique moment in time. It has received excellent reviews in the Irish Times and Yorkshire Post to name but a few.
Out now on a pay as you feel basis you can order your copy here . We recommend a £5.00 donation as a minimum and we must charge £2.00 for p&p but we're sure you'll enjoy every penny spent.
All proceeds will go to our next publication.........for which the embers of anticipation are already aglow.