Youth Co-ops in N.I

Just holding up the flag (oh no – another flag!) of co-operation Dave Wood

Belfast City Tour

Thanks to cs for this. I wondered if anyone in slugger land had seen this…and had some creative suggestions on behalf of the otoole… answers (not) on a postcard please Dave Wood

a good spell for slugger

Good luck on the move Slugger. Seeing as it’s Halloween tomorrow, what about some dazzling creative spells from Sluggerees out there, just to help things along? Of course, it would need to be Ireland-themed… Eye of toad, etc… Dave Wood

just a reminder…

Just a reminder for Wednesday night (18th October), if anyone can get along. The Cnocnafeola Centre, Atticall, County Down , BT34 4RZ, 028 4176 5859/2952, Dave Wood and the Cnocnafeola Centre are preparing for the major launch of the creative project they’ve been working on since the beginning of summer 2006. Dave Wood (who has no political affiliations) and local resident, Mairead White MBE are both passionate…about working in the community. Dave has been an arts worker in England and …

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no sleep for hurlers (or artists)

Not a big one for competition (more of a hot cocoa and a biscuit {encode=”http://www.poetrytrilogy.blogspot.com/” title=”person”}), I just want to congratulate my host town for a shared arts project, Cushendall on their weekend results. The project myself and Kurt are undertaking is at the Curfew Tower. The two nights revelry kept us two old folks up til about 4am…grumble grumble. Mustn’t complain. The place was alive with revelry and singing (of a rebellious kind) Sorry – no pix as yet; …

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happy birthday to me

…which is rather cheeky I know – but I am 41 today…I also share my birthday with Margaret Thatcher, Edwina Currie and Iona Opie. Ahem. So what events or birthdates would sluggerers like to share theirs with and why? Discuss and have on my desk in the morning please… Dave Wood

Well, since my baby left me….

I’ve found a new place to dwell. Actually, I’ve just discovered a new place to live. The garden needs a lot of work on it – all overgrown with lots of weeds and bramble. Which made me wonder…(oh dear), if sluggerers could design a garden based on Northern Ireland, what would it contain and look like? Feel free to plant a few metaphors and even euphemisms… I’ll see you in the Mournes soon. Dave Wood

press release – Creative Reconciliation in the Mournes Project

Hope some of you out there can get along to this. The Cnocnafeola Centre Atticall County Down , BT34 4RZ 028 4176 5859/2952 October ’06 Creative Website for Peace Poet and Centre ask Can the Wounds be Healed? Dave Wood and the Cnocnafeola Centre are preparing for the major launch of the creative project they’ve been working on since the beginning of summer 2006. Dave Wood (who has no political affiliations) and local resident, Mairead White MBE are both passionate …

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sandwiches

Thanks to all for the laminating for Ireland ideas. I tried to complete most of them ; ) Finished off an arts project today in the Derbyshire town of Buxton. The vegetarian option of sandwiches…oh dear…now Dave just stop there! So I began to wonder, how would one describe Ireland as a sandwich? what would it contain? what kind of flavours? what kind of conceptual fillings and sauces would tickle the tongues of Slugger contributers? I await as always… Dave …

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a stationery challenge

I’ve just bought an exciting (for me) piece of machinery. Whilst mulling over my laminator, I considered what I would like to cover in this delightfully smooth plastic. Perhaps my memories of the Mournes or The Good Life re-runs. What then, would sluggerees, sluggerettes and sluggeroos like to capture and laminate of Ireland and why? Dave Wood

most English town…

Been meaning to post this for ages. Heanor is the place I grew up in (or spawned as some say). Would it be courting controversy to ask, ‘What is the most Irish town?’ Answers on a postcard to anyone but… Dave Wood

reminiscences – heroes and myths

Excuse the long abscence. I recently grabbed a three day holiday on someone’s settee and included a daytrip to Brighton. The nature of the community arts beast says I have to catch up with my workload. This is a link to a new piece on the Creative Mournes Project. Not a poem; but I felt it needed setting out like one. This is a conversation I walked into at The Cnocnafeola Centre on the first nght of the project.. Please …

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stupidly

“Dave from Nottingham” with his arts co-ordinator PC-whatever title should take his skills elsewhere…try your hand feeding the poor in eritrea or something mate…you’re a walking joke…. Perhaps I’ve missed the point. Would someone explain to me their vision of honest, free and open discussion in Northern Ireland? stupidly (on the bemusement of a community arts worker) stupidly – i let them have it their way did not bind them up cut out their tongues stupidly i did not make …

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poem 4 from the U3A Group

fourth in a series of acrostic poems from the U3A group for the creative reconciliation project in the mournes. The one following is from a group of young people based on the word community. Recompense Elevate – enrol – encircle ­- envelope – eclipse – every – even – elaborate Convict – conviction – conflict – conferOther – oar – origin – our One – negative – nonsense Civil colour Nation Loyal loving losers Ignorance – illness Attention – attempt …

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Third acrostic from the U3A group in the Mournes project

The third piece from the U3A group for the creative reconciliation project. I spoke to the Cnocnafeola Centre last nightabout the final exhibition/reading in October. I’ll let you know about that soon but not now – I (desperately) need my beauty sleepZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz Repent Envy Controlling others in our midst One-ness – others No – never – nonsense Community Inclusive – interested Lost in it all I’m in – I’m out All people together Team work Include me please Offer a …

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2nd acrostic from the U3A group from www.creativereconciliationinthemournes.blogspot.com

As a reminder, the U3A group was asked to quickfire poems using the word reconciliation down the left hand side. Some poems, like this one, threw out key words. Each of the pieces was created with contributions from the full group. Relative – regret – respect Enjoy – entertain Courage Openness and charity to everyone None – nonsense – negative Calmness – consent – conflict Indecision Looking outward and forward I’m like a telescope sometimes – seeking visions At a …

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poems from membership of U3A group in the Mournes

My apologies for not posting recently. I was working in Dorset alongside a great friend Liz on a community arts morning with children on a playscheme. The travelling was the worst bit; seventeen hours on the coach altogether (one day there, one day back) with the fare taking a good swipe out of the payment. It was great to do though and I managed to catch up with friends going through what is a highly turbulent time. There are other …

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more from the creative project in the Mournes

These are poems which have been donated by another writer after my original visit. I Heard It From An Irani I heard about it form an Irani Teherani to be precise As opposed to a Shirazi Actually the equivalent of Kerry…I digress, But the links exist The land of the rewards for martyrs Who never heard of the maze Or internment Or rubber bullets Or Irish eyes are smiling Or Great Victoria Street Or the Belfast City Hall Or the …

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