As I was going along to the North West Words event tonight in Letterkenny I decided to bring my little cousin along with me to instill some culture in her. I think I did indeed succeed but of course in her mid twenties she was spotting talent (of the male kind) from the moment she arrived. There was one young man who was rather well dressed (classy shirt and trowsers) in the audience and he did stand out with his attire. Little did we know that he was later to take to the stage and sing…hence the attire! She was rather taken with his singing voice as well as his looks. But fortunately she did hear the spoken word prior to this performance.

Cafe Blend in Letterkenny was the the venue as North West Words had their monthly meeting. A very successful one it was. The group meet on the last Thursday of every month.

Reading tonight were Guy Le June (Letterkenny) and Jenni Doherty (Greencastle/Derry). Guy read from his work which was initially intended as a short story and is now headed towards novel status. An interesting and intriguing story began to unfold and it left the audience wanting to hear more. Jenni read a selection of poems from her award winning collection Rain Spill which proved very entertaining for her audience. Both readers are clearly passionate about their work and dedicated to the spoken/written word.

They were followed by a musical performance from Sean Feeney and his musicians. They performed from their CD ‘Northern Soul’. ‘Northern Soul’ is a charity album that merges the sound of Soul with Irish traditional music and brings a unique take on the classics! The CD is raising funds for GROW Mental Health Movement and the North West Simon Community.

The night continued with an open mic session.

This was a few hours of culture at its best. The North West of Ireland is very much at the culture fore. North West Words proved that tonight. Cafe Blend is a delightful cafe in Letterkenny town and the coffee is rather good too! And the cakes looked quite appetizing also! As did the singer Sean to my little cousin!