Keith Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher, Doctor Keith Armstrong now resides in the seaside town of Whitley Bay. He has organised several community arts festivals in the region and many literary events. He is coordinator of the Northern Voices Community Projects creative writing and community publishing enterprise and was founder of Ostrich poetry magazine, Poetry North East, Tyneside Poets and the Strong Words and Durham Voices community publishing series. He has read several times in Limerick and in Cork, Dublin, Kinvara, Fermoy and Galway. His irish adventures have inspired him to write a sequence of poems based on the places he has visited and the people he has met. With Dominic Taylor, he co-edited the anthology ‘Two Rivers Meet, poetry from the Shannon and the Tyne’ which was published by Revival Press as part of the exchange between Limerick and Keith’s home city.
Robert Lonsdale has been involved in poetry and writing for as long as he can remember. He has had much of his poetry published and also broadcast on local B.B.C.Radio where he was involved with one of their weekly evening programmes for many years, featuring local poets. He set up and organised "The Write Room" on Teesside which provided an opportunity for poets/writers to read, share and perform their work to an audience. This will be a return visit to "On the Nail" for Robert and a poem of his is featured in the recent River Shannon anthology the launch of which he attended in Limerick with Keith Armstrong.
Nenagh Writers Group (Mike Roycroft, Henry Bevans, Betty Gleeson, Maeve Keenan, Austin Kenny, Terry Lynch, Ena Manning, Sarah O’Brien)
Nenagh Writers’ Group is one of the oldest established writing groups in Tipperary (if not the oldest). Formed in Nenagh in 1989, it has been meeting regularly on a fortnightly basis ever since. Over the years membership has naturally waxed and waned, but at present there are approximately 10 regular attenders, writing in both prose and poetry. The group has published two collections of work, while individual members have had plays performed on RTE and won prizes in both poetry and short story competitions.
Event date: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers . Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special.
NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table.