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Let Me Tell You Something: An Irish collection of reflections, short stories, and poetry

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Ink Tank, a creative writing group based in Newbridge, Co Kildare, launched Let Me Tell You Something, its second collection of stories, poetry and more, on Friday 20 November.

Most of these stories and poems were penned during the Covid-19 pandemic; some will reflect the issues around living through lockdowns, most will take you somewhere else entirely. The foreword is written by Eamon Dillon, Assistant Editor of the Sunday World, who states that “It is no ordinary time and this is no ordinary book”.

From bus journeys and love affairs to new world orders and old train stations, there is something in this volume to suit every taste, thanks to the creativity and imagination of local writers Jacqueline Booth, Colette Byrne, Mandy Connolly, Conor Forrest, Kay Kevlihan, Deirdre Lane, Ciaran Mather, Helen McGlynn, Maria McDonald, Breda Reid and Anita Whyte.

The collection is designed to allow readers to dip in and read at their leisure – between these pages are plenty of little snippets to fuel the imagination!

“2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. Some of us have found solace in our writing while others have struggled but the support of this group has carried us through. These stories were written during the pandemic, but they are not about the pandemic,” said Maria McDonald, a founder member of Ink Tank.

Let Me Tell You Something is available in paperback from local independent bookshops, Farrell and Nephew in Newbridge and Woodbine Books in Kilcullen. It will be available in Supervalu in Newbridge and various other outlets for €10. There is also an e-book version for Kindle available from Amazon for €4.99).

Proceeds from the publication will go to HOPE(D), a Newbridge based charity supporting people with mental health issues. https://www.hope-d.com/

Coronavirus has had an effect on the mental health of the nation as we continue to social distance from each other to keep each other safe. With this in mind, this year our chosen charity is HOPE(D),” Maria explained. “HOPE(D) is a non-profit charity, directly involved with supporting people in County Kildare who may be experiencing any of life’s crises. They provide professional support to people experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression brought on by major changes within their personal, work or social relationships. And their work is needed more than ever this year.”

To celebrate the launch, Ink Tank is offering the chance to win several copies of Let Me Tell You Something, as well as a beautiful set of bog oak bookends courtesy of local artist Conor Lane (conorlaneartist.com). Details are available on the group’s Facebook page (@InkTank Writing Group) and Twitter (@InktankG).

For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Maria McDonald on 087 9762630 or inktankwriters@gmail.com.

About Ink Tank Creative Writing Group

Ink Tank is a mixed group of all ages and abilities who meet and discuss all things literary (and life in general). Members share their work and offer one another constructive criticism. The group normally meets in Newbridge library twice monthly but, since the pandemic, has been meeting on Zoom every Saturday.

Let Me Tell You Something is the second collection of work from Ink Tank. Last year the group published Timeless in Kildare, an eclectic miscellany capturing the group’s natural diversity through poetry, prose, reflections and short stories – each linked in some way to Kildare. All proceeds from its sale went to St Brigid’s Hospice and Home Care Services and a total of €3,000 was raised.

“We are a very mixed bunch who meet regularly to discuss our writing. We come from all walks of life and all ages from 22 to 72. We write in very different genres but the one thing we have in common is our enjoyment of writing,” said Maria.

Order your copy of Let Me Tell You Something here.

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