Celebration of the Erne in Fermanagh writers’ collection

Loughshore Lines, a collection of writings inspired by the River Erne, was recently launched in Fermanagh with a special evening of readings by local contributors.

In the collection, fresh and exciting voices and a wealth of perspectives will lead you along the River Erne from its source in County Cavan, following its wanderings through that County and from there to Counties Leitrim, Fermanagh and Donegal , where it flows into the ocean at Ballyshannon.

Discover the influence of the river in the lives of those who have distilled its power on the written page.

Developed from an idea by Ken Ramsey, Fermanagh Writers brought together prose and poetry from writers across the island of Ireland to produce the new book, which has been carefully edited by Jenny Brien.

Previously launched in Ballyshannon at the Allingham Festival in November and Belturbet, Cavan on Saturday 4th December, Fermanagh’s launch was the last of three and was held at Blakes of the Hollow’s Atrium Bar, Enniskillen on Tuesday 7th December.

During the event, writers Robert Elliott, Jenny Brien, Dianne Ascroft, Kate O’Shea, John Monaghan, Ken Ramsey and John Llewellyn James – all of whom have work featured in the book – read and performed poems and news to an intimate crowd of literary enthusiasts.

The book is available for sale locally at Ken Ramsey’s Picture Framing store at Buttermarket, as well as at Kissin ‘Crust café in Lisnaskea.

Those interested in purchasing a copy can also email fermanaghwriters@aol.co.uk to arrange a mail order.

Founded in 2009, Fermanagh Writers is a social support network providing opportunities and resources for creative writers in Fermanagh and its hinterland to develop their writing skills and publish their work.

The group also publishes the online magazine Corncrake.