Find that voice deep within you!

You’re a writer or perhaps a poet. Stories, long and short, verse rhyming or not. Your writing is unique to you. Your uniqueness deserves an audience. A sounding boarding. A feedback loop. Welcome to open mic night at Finding Your Writers Voice. At the start of every month, we hold an open mic night. On the first Wednesday of every month writers and poets get the opportunity to share their work and so it was this week we had the FYWV community sharing their work.

Open mic night at Finding Your Writers Voice

We started with a quote from Shakespeare about drinking alcohol.

O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance revel and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!

William Shakespeare

We then had two poems exploring the impacts alcohol can have on one’s life. One of the poems from the book, Raised on Songs and Stories by the poet Clare O’Reilly, aroused empathy in the audience. Like all writing, it takes courage to put words on a page and exposes vulnerability to talk about aspects of life that in reality impact us all day to day. I recommend you go off and have a read of the poems in Clare’s book.

We covered quite a few poems on the night from various poets which was unusual for the group but quite refreshing.

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

Wlliam Wordsworth

Moving on we had a piece that combined prose and poetry. The technical term for this structure is a prosimetrum. The piece was an unusual composition that gives the writer freedom to combine powerful feelings into poetic verse and the more descriptive prose allowing greater exposition of the story. A powerful combination.

The Mona Lisa

Next up was a piece crafted for Sunday Miscellany. A story about Leonardo de Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, and the powerful impact it had on a young girl growing up in Dublin and then traveling the world. A fascinating tale about art influencing a young girl’s life and how that initial exposure lasted a lifetime. A connection, a bond was made with the painting and remained unbroken across geographies and decades.

Charlie Bird was our next literary guest, figuratively speaking. We had a poem about the former journalist and broadcaster who is currently fighting a very brave and public fight against motor neuron disease, think Stephen Hawkins. The poem could not yet be called an elegy, it was more a well-researched piece to eulogise a man of fierce fighting spirit.

Do your characters come to life? What if they did and it was them that started writing the story? Morning after morning you’d wake up to discover that what you wrote yesterday had been changed overnight by some mysterious ghostwriters. This was the premise for the next piece and what a great way to use a challenge every writer had when it comes to their characters becoming life-like and moving from fiction to reality.

What if death incarnate and walked amongst the living? What would that look like? Our next piece spoke to this potential. We were treated to a first chapter and transported to another world. Any attempt on this page to describe the world we were transported to would be inadequate. Joseph Cambell’s The Hero’s Journey was mentioned as part of this piece. We can only look forward to the eventual publishing of the book for all to enjoy.

We didn’t quite manage to get around everyone but we got through enough for it to be an enjoyable evening. The power of sharing your work is not to be underestimated and this opportunity will be available on the first Wednesday of each month.

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