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New Poetry Magazine for Northern Ireland

category national | arts and media | press release author Wednesday November 09, 2005 19:53author by Colin Dardis - Rancid Idols Productionsauthor email colonyink at yahoo dot co dot uk Report this post to the editors

New magazine, Speech Therapy, seeks submissions

Speech Therapy is a new poetry magazine focusing on poets from or living in Northern Ireland, and are currently seeking submissions

Speech Therapy is a new magazine focusing on poets from the North of Ireland. The first issue is planned for early 2006. They are looking for submissions from poets either living in or originally from the Ulster region. As space is limited in the magazine, the editor regrets that he cannot accept any lengthy pieces. If you are interested in submitting, or have any questions, please send 3 to 5 poems by e-mail Colin Dardis at colonyink@yahoo.co.uk. All poems must be sent as a Word document attachment. Please include a short biography with your poems.

author by Feicim McTaggartpublication date Wed Nov 09, 2005 20:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Norn Iron, O country of my youth,
Thy sectarian artifice, thy oppressive black boot,
In Glengall Street and the glens of Antrim,
We segregate Catholics and we hate em.

But now, for shame, we've been outshadowed,
For the bold McDowell exceeds our bile,
By his side our histrionics seem mellowed,
Our distortion of history surpassed by a mile.

O, but could I touch your pale balding pate,
Buy you a pint and call you mate,
Build a new Ireland, unequal for all,
Me, McDowell, Bertie an all.

author by Gonzopublication date Thu Nov 10, 2005 01:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

So is this partitionist magazine for Northern Ireland( a british construction which contains six counties) or Ulster?

And would a, say, ltvian who had emigrated to Norniron, be a suitable contributor? or is it for the pure stock of Ulster?

Sure fair play to ye creative wee buggers! are yis gettin a wee grant from the brits? if yis arent ye probably qualify!!!!!!!!!!

No freestaters!!!!!!!!

I suppose yis call that art sans frontiers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

author by Duinepublication date Thu Nov 10, 2005 16:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Go maire an fhilíocht!

Beirigí bua! agus Adh mór!

author by Colin Dardis - Rancid Idols Productionspublication date Thu Nov 10, 2005 18:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Submissions are welcome from anyone either originally from or living in the North.

So for example, if you were born in Belfast, but now living in France, you can still submit.

Or if you are from Germany, but living over here, you too are welcome to submit!

Hope this clears up things,

author by gonzopublication date Thu Nov 10, 2005 20:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

if born in R.O.I and living in R.O.I you don't qualify to submit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Says it all..................

Inclusiveness, cross border co operation, etc

author by Mark C - Teacherpublication date Thu Nov 10, 2005 22:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors


Why don't you start a poetry magazine that will publish every poem (or note towards one) that was ever written by anyone in Ireland, right up to publication date of said magazine, all in the interests of "inclusiveness" and "cross-border co-operation"?

Being from Portlaoise, I'm barred from submitting, but never-the-less: Colony Ink, good luck with the project.


author by C Ó Brolcháinpublication date Sat Nov 12, 2005 22:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Will the magazine be accepting poetry written in Irish? For that matter, will poetry written in Chinese, Portuguese etc. be accepted? Or is this an 'Anglophone only' affair?

author by Fred Johnstonpublication date Fri Nov 10, 2006 04:05author email sylfredcar at iolfree dot ieauthor address author phone 087.2178138Report this post to the editors

I think Colin Dardis should be congratulated for at least trying, rather than whining. And yes, before someone else 'anonymously,' or calling himself 'Aoife' or 'Daithi' or 'John' or 'Irritated Reader,' says it, I DO qualify to have a couple of poems in one of the issues. But that's not the reason I support the magazine: since the demise of The Honest Ulsterman there has been a need for an independent literary magazine in Northern Ireland, where much of the writing is mollycoddled by a Belfast-centric university scene. Only if you know the Northern lit-scene is this understandable. The Republic is smothered by the plethora of lit-mags it has already, more than one of which caters for a small circle of contributors, and not unusually, the same ones. Anyone who objects to the 'Northern Ireland only' tag on the new mag should, as one decent contributor above sensibly says, start one of their own and stick in everybody and anybody. A button-review of the new NI magazine can be found at the Western Writers' Centre site. You can comment as much as you wish on it, but any unverifiable comment will be expunged: name, verifiable address and/or 'phone number necessary, please. On the other hand, you could always move up North.

Related Link: http://www.twwc.ie
author by pat cpublication date Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This originally went up a year ago; has there been progress? It is good to see a new magazine though. I was sad to see the long lived northern published poetry magazine "The Honest Ulsterman" expire. I think the HU ran for more than 20 years.

author by Fred Johnstonpublication date Fri Nov 10, 2006 15:17author email sylfredcar at iolfree dot ieauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

A second issue, much improved, of 'Speech Therapy' (If Pat C will excuse my woeful syntax!) is now out and about. And yes, you're absolutely right to lament the passing of the venerable 'Honest Ulsterman', a lit-mag which was born out of social and political concerns and well as those of Northern Irish literature and which had in those days - unthinkable, God knows, now - a distinctly Socialist grounding, with people like the poet and singer, the late James Simmons at the helm. It was considered - again, utterly unimaginable now! - that literature had something to say to politics. These days one is likely (anonymously, of course, in best Stalinist fashion) to be attacked on this site (and elsewhere) for daring to suggest that writers should become more éngagé with the politics of their time. Perhaps we should start up an 'Honest 26,' (though to be 'honest' there are actually 27 counties in the Republic) or 'The Honest Free-Stater' magazine down here, to do the same things the HU set out to do. Any takers, O ye poets?

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