Second Book for Longford Writer

rose moranby Aoife Carberry

‘Echo Fields’, the second publication by Longford writer Rose Moran (RSM) was launched last November in the Longford Library.

Published by Lapwing, Rose explains that the book is a dedication to her parents and brothers who have passed away.

“I’ve been writing in a while and I had lots of pieces written”, Rose says, explaining that the Chairperson of the Lanesboro writing group of which she is a member, suggested she send her work to Lapwing.

Though most of the pieces had been written some years ago, Rose found that when she looked at them again, she was still happy with them, keeping changes to the writing to a minimum.

Gathering about forty of her poems together late last year, Rose sent one on to Lapwing, and received a reply that same day, asking for the other poems to be sent on. By November 11, the book was at the printers, and on Tuesday, November 26, the book was launched by poet and playwright Noel Monahan.

“I didn’t expect to do anything as soon” Rose admits, saying that the process had gone far quicker than expected.

With subjects in the book including her parents and brothers and her native Abbeyshrule, Rose feels that though it’s personal “it wasn’t so personal as not to be general” explaining that many people could relate to her pieces.

Rose admits that putting the book did help her emotionally, and when the memories in the book were released, she found that more memories came forward.

With this book focusing on Rose’s childhood, her native place, and those close to her, Rose felt that there’s a continuation to the book, with Lapwing agreeing that it was a good place to begin with the question “Who am I?”

Rose acknowledges the continued help and support from Arts Officer, Fergus Kennedy, County Librarian, Mary Carleton Reynolds and Lapwing.

The local writer also commends her writers group, saying that the other members offer “great help and great encouragement.”