Begorrathon 2017: Who’s Who

The Fluff Is Raging


Another March, another Begorrathon begins … our annual celebration of Irish writers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and whoever else we can think of.

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Putting together this year’s photo collage for our Facebook badge was both a lot of fun and highly difficult – who do you include and who do you leave out?

For each person included here, there are at least ten we could have chosen. Some of the faces and names here will be very familiar; others not so much (a good excuse to head to the bookshop to check them out).


Here then, are this year’s Begorrathon poster boys (girls):

2010 handout of author Maeve Binchy Maeve Binchy – still probably Ireland’s most beloved writer

PPaul Muldoon Paul Muldoon – after the death of Seamus Heaney, Muldoon has assumed the mantle of greatest living Irish poet. The poet, editor and electric guitar enthusiast serves as the Poetry Editor for ‘The…

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Arber Ahmetaj – Two Poems

The Galway Review

arberArber Ahmetaj has published several novels and short stories. He lives in Sion, Switzerland. His books have been published in French, Romanian, Hungarian, etc. He also writes poetry. Some prestigious European literary magazines have evaluated his books as important contributions to contemporary literature.

My Gift

I left all my smiles
in your hands on your lap,
seated in the courtyard of the moon
framed by the flowers
that my mother watered,
groaning from pains in her bones;
forest waters were flowing down beside you;
with my smiles you lit up the evening star.

Foxes lowering their tails went hunting birds;
music played before dawn
crept back into the pipes.

One by one we licked the drops of dew,
dawn lying on the grass –
the moon sitting in our yard between us.

I still have lots of smiles for you,
they never run out,
just sit and wait
and open…

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Hongri Yuan – Five Poems

The Galway Review

poetHongri Yuan, born in China in 1962, is a poet and philosopher interested particularly in creation. Representative works include Platinum City, Gold City, Golden Paradise , Gold Sun and Golden Giant.


Five  Poems

By Chinese Poet Hongri Yuan

Translated by Yuanbing zhang

Ten Thousand Years Are Just a Day of Your Soul

Ten Thousand years are just a day of your soul
Maybe you are more ancient than the legendary God
And the silver city on the other planets
blooms to you on the blue smiling coast
You dreamed about the mysterious words
and the songs of the soul from the golden heaven
which let you forget the earthly library
and the past highfalutin classics of the East and the West



Get Back My Hands of the God , Let The Stone Be Sweet

I myself is the…

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The chill factor is high.

On this bitterly cold February night

Jack Frost envelopes our house

Making his ghostly presence felt

Leaving his trademark sign on outer windows

While we are cosied up indoors

Close to home animals are seeking shelter

Farther afield homeless people are curled up

in sleeping bags, awaiting the next soup run

The Gods can become quite uneasy

They don’t always get it right

So the innocent inevitably suffer.

(c) Chris Black 2017.