"It would appear that someone is taken a child's delight in being able to use different made-up names to deliver these various verbal attacks, ranging mnostly at myself and covering anything from politics to literature," says the Centre's founder-Manager, Fred Johnston.
Johnston, who is also a political activist, is surprised at the vituperativeness of some of the comments. "Somebody seems to be able to produce whole articles I published, whole letters, months, even years ago, and posts them on the Indymedia site. In true cowardly fashion, naturally, they remain anonymous."
Meantime the Western Writers' Centre is opening a season of poets from Ireland's academy, Aosdána, including Anthony Cronin, Leland Bardwell, Macdara Woods and Irish poet Tony Curtis. The Centre's web pages also host 'Kiosque!', a review of books and book news. The Centre can be contacted at 091.533595.