We went for the early bird menu with a superb fresh house white. Over our meals – which included Warm Pan-seared Breast of Wicklow Wood Pigeon, Silverhill Duck Terrine and Slow Roast Lough Erne Lamb Shoulder – we talked endlessly about what it means to be a writer.
Of course it’s not only the writing itself, that solitary task, or even the imaginings of places and characters. It’s also the social aspect. The readings which allow you to bring your work to an audience that might not have heard of your or the work and better still, to talk openly about the creation of those works. Those invisible bonds between writer and reader; the connecting threads amongst writers.
Where these events take place is also important. And hosting a “Literary Hour” on a Saturday afternoon in the Twisted Pepper is what the Seven Towers Agency does brilliantly.
Over fantastic coffee and deliciously scented tea, we read to an intimate audience – some who came to hear us read for the second time – and afterwards discussed our writing and the importance of these type of events.
What matters first is the writing and the appreciation of it, not the sales pitch or the image. It is a gathering of like-minded people enjoying literature for the sake of writing itself. In a world where bigger is often seen as better, venues like the tavern downstairs encourage a community-based approach to both the accessibility of literature (anyone can just pop by and browse the independent ever changing bookstore and stay for a reading) but also the ownership of writing itself.
Write it, own it, share it and read it!