Captured in Verse and Prose

Captured in Verse and Prose

Part of the 1916/2016 Centenary Programme for County Roscommon, inviting responses in poetry and prose to the theme of 1916/2016 from Roscommon writers
A fascinating exhibition opens in King House on the evening of Wednesday 22nd June at 6pm and will run until just before the Boyle Arts Festival opens in late July.

Writers who were born in Roscommon or who have a strong connection to the county were invited to visit any one, two or all three of the 1916 exhibitions (these were in King House, in Strokestown House and in the new Civic Offices). Their brief was to respond in whatever manner they chose, in poetry or prose, to any exhibit, or indeed to the exhibition as a whole.

Eight writers responded and their responses have been printed on large display panels and will hang in the long gallery on the first floor of King House, to be read and reflected upon by all visitors to King House.

The range and variety of response is striking. Some are clearly immediate responses, others more reflective and detached. Some of the writers were moved to write a poem, others composed short prose pieces, and in one case, an entire short story arose out of the experience. There are intimate and deeply personal pieces about both men and women who lived through those revolutionary times one hundred years ago. There are also wider responses, exploring at times the writer’s ambiguous attitude towards the Rising and its effects on the development of the nation.

The project is part of the 1916/2016 Centenary Programme for County Roscommon and was conceived and coordinated by Gerry Boland. Roscommon County Council is grateful to the eight writers who took the time to reflect and respond to the exhibitions. All eight have produced works that are thought-provoking, highly individual, and make for an absorbing reading experience.