Come Hear Pat Sing!

Pat at the Porter House in Westport, Ireland

Pat's Summer 2019 performances are scheduled.  
Here is the latest performance schedule:


Saturday July 6
Jack Makem Anniversary Celebration
Tossie’s
Derrynoose, Co. Armagh
Ireland

Saturday July 20
The Bistro at Province Lake
6-8 pm
Reservations recommended


Sunday July 28
Black Cemetery Chapel
Somersworth NH
2pm


Wednesday August 7

The Oaks
Somersworth NH 
12 noon

Friday August 16

The Oaks 
Somersworth NH
5pm

Saturday September 8

Kelley’s Row
Somersworth NH
12-3pm
AN BANNA CEOIL REUNION
with Pat Boyle, Gerry Corr,
Jim Houghton and Josh Cooper









Monthly Writers Night


ROCHESTER WRITERS NIGHT HAS A NEW LOCATION AT MEL FLANAGAN’S IRISH PUB AND CAFE, 50 NORTH MAIN ST, ROCHESTER NH

We have an ongoing monthly Writers Night, MEETING OCTOBER THROUGH JUNE, which takes place on the  1st Thursday of each month (excepting holidays).  Writers may read their original poetry, prose or music.  There
is usually a monthly featured writer, followed by an open mic.  Sign-ups begin at 6pm, followed by the feature    performer.  After a short break, the open mic portion of the evening begins.  We usually end by 8PM.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, and to see photos/bios of previous writers nights, please go to the Writers Night page.

SPECIAL SUMMER SESSIONS!
By popular demand, Rochester Writers Night will continue through the summer.
There are two evenings scheduled, Thursday July 9th and Thursday August 13th.
Open mic only, sign-ups at 6 PM.

Rochester Writer's Night Nominated for Literary Achievement Award in Rochester

Please Vote Now for the Rochester Writer's Night.

Rochester Writer's Night has been nominated for work in the literary arts.  The Second Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards is sponsored by the Rochester Arts & Culture Commission.  The Commission will host nominees and guests at a reception at The Garage on Monday evening, August 11 as they present the Awards which celebrate the accomplishments of Rochester artists and arts organizations. Nominees are recognized in the literary, artisan, movement, theater, visual arts, dining, music, venue and lifetime achievement categories. The ceremonies include a reception with refreshments and cash bar prior to the awards and voting for the “People’s Choice” award following the awards presentation. Commission Chair Matt Wyatt will act as Master of ceremonies for the presentations. Information on the event, the categories, nominees, and online voting can be found at the Commission for the Arts website at www.rochesternharts.com.

Pat O'Brien opening a Rochester Writer's Night in 2014.
Voting is open to the public.

Please Vote Now for the Rochester Writer's Night.

Bob Gannon to Feature at Writer's Night on May 1


The next Rochester Writers Night takes place on Thursday May 1st at the Portable Pantry at 12 Hanson St. in Rochester.  This month our feature performer is Bob Gannon.  Bob is a frequent participant at Writers Night and has won the hearts of those who listen to his work.  He is a nationally recognized poet, and published an anthology of his work in 1997, with a second printing in 1999.  He is returning as a feature by popular demand, and has become our annual May feature.

Bob Gannon
Bob's poem, The Other Wall is at the Beirut Memorial in Jacksonville , North Carolina . Another work, Monuments and Memories graces the Sixth Marine Division Memorial in Quantico National Cemetery , Quantico Virginia .  In recognition of his lifetime dedication, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation established the Robert A. Gannon Award for Poetry. The award is presented annually to any Marine who successfully publishes a distinguishing volume of original verse, reflecting the history, life, and mission of the Corps.  To explain his inspiration, Bob says, “Being a Marine is a lifetime commitment; to our Corps and our brother and sister Marines. Very few of us ever forget that.”  He also writes poetry and prose reflecting the humor and travails of everyday life, and has published “The Laughter and the Tears”, a moving collection of his poetry, reflecting his experiences as a US Marine.  His personal heroes are soldiers and mothers who he sees as the two most unselfish and demanding occupations in human existence.

In honor of Mother's Day and Memorial Day, Rochester Writers Night proudly presents Bob Gannon.

Sign-ups begin at 6 PM and are taken until 6:15.  The feature performer begins at 6:15, followed by a short break and the open mic portion of the program.  Writers are encouraged to perform their original poetry, prose, or music.  There is a 5-minute limit per participant.  We expect a full house, early seating is recommended.

You shouldn't miss this great feature!

Collectively Wonderful Young Writer's Night


We had a full house last night for our 5th Annual Young Writers Night, and our young writers were collectively wonderful.


 I believe it is important to encourage young people to enter the wonderworld of the written word. Young people write, like the rest of us, to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside them. They write a necessity of words. They don't learn how to write their stories from us, but they learn confidence, self-awareness, self-expression, and acceptance.

 Last night we closed the gap between young and old. Our young writers brought the words of their hearts, and our experienced writers did the same. Ed Pacht, who has a talent for writing on the fly, brought the evening together by collecting some of the themes and ideas of our young writers, and expressing them in his poem. He showed them we were listening, and he brought the house down!

 I sincerely thank all of you who came to support this event, and the young writers who participated. Special thanks to Doug Decker from Nute High School, and Monique Shutt from Spaulding High School, who were present to support the event, and who support our young writers every day in their work as teachers. And thank you to all who support Rochester Writers Night. You've made it one of the best in the seacoast!

It was a brilliant evening.
A Young Nute Poet reads her work.
A young writer recites portions of her story.
The attentive crowd listens to the work of a young writer.
Following the young writer feature, it was the adult's turn to read their work.
Writers, whether young or more seasoned, enjoy listening to each other's work.





5th Annual Young Writers Night on Thursday April 3rd

Rochester Writers Night Host Pat O'Brien presents the 5th annual Young Writers Night on Thursday  April 3rd.  This night is reserved for area high school students.  Students from Spaulding High School in Rochester, Nute High School in Milton, as well as home schooled students have been invited.  The event takes place from 6 to 8 PM at the Portable Pantry on 12 Hanson St. in Rochester.  Eleven area students have pre-registered, and walk-in students will also be given an opportunity to read for this event.

Rochester Writers Night is well-attended by area writers, and there will be a full house.  Students who are writers of poetry, prose or music will have the opportunity to perform their original work to a listening audience.  Sign-ups start at 6, and the program begins at 6:15.  All students will get a 5-minute time slot, and will be given priority at the time of sign-ups.  Adult writers are more than welcome, and will be accommodated if time allows.  However, the focus of the evening is our young writers, and everyone is welcome to come and listen. Our evening usually ends around 8 PM, and everyone who signs up gets a chance to read.

The Pantry serves award-winning food in a cozy bistro atmosphere.  There is always a variety of soups and sandwiches, in addition to delicious desserts.  Every effort is made to provide seating for everyone, but space is limited, so come in early.

Please come and listen, and enjoy some of the Pantry’s great food, and you can BYOB.  Enjoy our warm, cozy evening as we say goodbye to February (and good riddance!) and welcome in March and the possibility of spring....bring your writing to share!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 6: Rochester Writer's Night

Our next Rochester Writers Night takes place on Thursday March 6th at the Portable Pantry on 12 Hanson St. in Rochester.  Sign-ups begin at 6 PM.  Our feature performer begins at 6:15, after which we take a short break and then start the open mic portion of our program.  Writers of poetry, prose, or music are encouraged to perform their original work to a listening audience.  There is a 5-minute limit per participant with extra slots if time allows.  Our evening usually ends around 8 PM, and everyone who signs up gets a chance to read.

Host, Pat O'Brien, introduces a reader to the eager crowd at a recent Writer's Night. 
The Pantry serves award-winning food in a cozy bistro atmosphere.  There is always a variety of soups and sandwiches, in addition to delicious desserts.  Every effort is made to provide seating for everyone, but space is limited, so come in early.

Our March feature is Sherry Lester.  Sherry is a frequent contributor to our Writers Night, and hopes to have her new book available for that evening.  She writes poetry and essays, many of which are introspective, and written in the common language of life.  Sherry puts her learning experiences down on paper, and shares deeply and with conviction.

Please come and listen, and enjoy some of the Pantry’s great food, and you can BYOB.  Enjoy our warm, cozy evening as we say goodbye to February (and good riddance!) and welcome in March and the possibility of spring....bring your writing to share!

Hope to see you there!