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What’ll we do on this blog after Writers’ Week ends on Sunday?

May 30, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: blogs, connections, events, participants

Many people are asking this question.

“Will that be it? Will you just go away? Move on? Or what?”

How do I know. We haven’t even seriously discussion the afterlife. God only knows.

But there won’t be an end. There will be an end of the beginning.

There is too much material to plumb.

Breakfast with George Kimball, a spontaneous, surprise, unplanned event threw up enough connection to keep me going to Christmas.

How’s this…

(1) Boston & Limerick – the links thru the Boston Maraton, Southill Estate in a rough part of Limerick and Dan Doyle (pro boxing promotor, J P McManus, cops & kids training together, George Foreman, baseball in Southill field, 200 kids to feed with apples, Adare Dunraven Arms…

(2) A commercial idea for George Rowley to consider…

(3) The possiblity of Paul O’Mahony meeting Kevin Hough (Limerick) today, for the first time in 42 years… We grew up in adjacent houses…

(4) Lemon marmalade… none of us had ever tasted it. I think Sue Kimball intends to take some home in her handbag. I photographed a packet of it for the blog – so the can all get to know it exists… Those of you in USA can think of importing it… We all need ideas these days, eh

I’m so glad everyone’s gone off and I have time to reflect my way into the day.

How, when where and with what am I going to interview Rebecca Miller (1962-). She’s on at 1200.

My son Benjamin O’Mahony, the student actor @Drama Centre, London, England, played in two of Arthur Miller’s plays. I better do a good interview for him.

Breakfasting with George Kimball and his mother

May 30, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: Accommodation, connections, journalism, participants

It was Patrick Stack I went to meet in the dining room of the Listowel Arm hotel.

Feeling delicate and fortunate to have been lifted into town by Malcolm Payne, my b&b host.

Patrick and I were getting sorted when George Kimball arrived. I was quick to say ‘good morning, George. Would you like to join us?’

He did and, shortly later, Sue Kimball arrived. She’s from Louisville, Kentucky. George was in a Kansas sweatshirt.

Like me, Patrick Stack hasn’t read a word of George’s work. I introduced them, and George was interested to find out how he could get to see the blog. He wanted to know how much of his session yesterday we had captured.

In case I forget it: if you are ever going to blog a festival, have a business card made specially for the occasion. Carry them and give them out to everyone so that they can find the blog after. It’s a mouthful to say “you can find it by googling ‘listowelwritersweekfringe.com’. I wouldn’t be able to remember whether you have to put the Listowel in or not, and, if you don’t get thru quickly you probably give up looking and do something simpler.

Jenny Dorn joined us. She lives in Colorado and visits London, England, to see her mother who is 92. Mine is 83, so she a teenager in comparison.

John Sheehan stopped to have a few words with George.

Across the room I watch the poet from Cavan, which he pronounces like “quavan”. He’s with four others, all conversing.

Better split this experience into short bits, rather than try to present it in one fell swoop.

Remember your readers Paul.


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