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Western Writers' Centre Deplores Israeli Action - Statement

category international | arts and media | press release author Friday June 11, 2010 15:24author by Fred Johnston - The Western Writers' Centre - Ionad Scríbhneoirí Chaitlín Maude - Galwayauthor email westernwriters at eircom dot netauthor phone 0897.2178138 Report this post to the editors

Galway's Western Writers' Centre has made a statement deploring the recent actions of Israeli forces on the high seas and expresses condolences with the families of those relief activists killed on the m.v. Marmara

"The Western Writers' Centre - Ionad Scribhneoirí Chaitlín Maude - Galway deplores the illegal blockade of Gaza by Israel and the recent boarding of the relief vessels m.v. Rachel Corrie and the m.v. Marmara by Israeli forces. Further, we express our condolences to the families of the nine relief activists killed by Israeli commandos on the m.v. Marmara."
Fred Johnston
Richard Tillinghast
Brian Mooney
Sylvia Crawford (Secretary)
Aoife NicFhearghusa (Chair)
The Western Writers' Centre,
Canavan House,
Nuns Island,

Related Link: http://www.twwc.ie
author by Fred Johnstonpublication date Sun Jun 13, 2010 15:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Please note that Director and poet, Frank Golden, has added his name to the above list.

author by Skibbereen Man.publication date Sun Jun 13, 2010 19:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Skibbereen Eagle in West Cork warned the Tsar of Russia against his expansionist designs on China, saying it, the Skibbereen Eagle, had its eye on him.

So when the "Skibbereen Eagle" argument is invoked it is to remind an editor or journalist to realise how much effort or weight their humble opinion has in the real world. .

The Isrealis are trembling in their boots after Fred and the literary gang in Galway shake their fists at them.

author by lazypublication date Sun Jun 13, 2010 20:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I find it utterly amazing that Irish writers lose their balls when they get an
Arts Council Grant... Is it equivalent to being a laureate and only
singing the government's praises ?

'cos England only ever has one of them at a time , not like thousands


author by kdpublication date Sun Jun 13, 2010 20:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

for taking a stand and making it know.

author by Philistine.publication date Sun Jun 13, 2010 20:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Irish writers lose their balls when they get an
Arts Council Grant."

Most of their writing is never read by anybody.

They are not Tolstoys.
Tolstoy never sponged money.

All funding from the socaled "Arts" should be abolished.

At least a plumber earns an honest bob.

author by lazypublication date Sun Jun 13, 2010 21:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

all singing for FF, indeed both Ahern and his daughter have been endowed with tax-free status !!

The revenue are advised by a government appointed Arts Council !!

I do think the Brits are more sensible, only financing one laureate and keeping Arts
free from government influence.

author by Fred Johnstonpublication date Mon Jun 14, 2010 01:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Sorry, Skibb. None of the signatories of that statement is from Galway. Apart from a notable couple of exceptions, you wouldn't get the literary 'gang' in Galway to sign anything.

author by lazypublication date Wed Jun 16, 2010 20:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Its good to see that writers actually have opinions aside from extolling the virtues of the Government !!

It seems one of the consequences of Fianna Fáil Policy (and whichever prop it uses) is to create
a stasis comprised mainly of consensus, in which no other opinion is valued than that which is
bought and paid for. The issue of *sustainability* comes into this- How long can a static paralysis
of consensus be sustained without a crack in the edifice ?

it looks like every edifice save Fianna Fail is cracking under the weight of Utopianism which was
built on very wet and shifting sands. Sure ask the Greens, they are masters in consensus -building
and in sustaining the FF edifice, whilst not adding anything new to our national arguments or

It seems that leaders must actually lead, rather than wait as many of our artists do for a crumb off
the developer's table or a glitterly prize to affirm that the middling output of many Irish writers is
just that >>>>>>* middling* , *self-centred* ,* insular*, *boring* and *self-involved*.

I expect the weeping will begin when they realise the cheques and tax returns won't be coming
much as things fiscal worsen, then they will cry union rights and such, whilst blithely forgetting
that life outside of the ivory-tower has a reality from which our uncritical, unthinking writers have
been protected and is false!!

Someone's got to take the baby steps and lead on matters of integrity and conscience.


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