To share a March Hare stage with Joel Thomas Hynes and Eamon McGrath had Kelly Beales feeling nervous on Friday afternoon.
Hynes and McGrath are both writers and musicians. Hynes is also an actor, screenwriter and a director.
Rex Brown, project manager for the March Hare, puts them in the category of accomplished artists and that is how he described them when he introduced them to those gathered for the High School Hare event at Corner Brook Regional High.
Beales was making her first appearance at the High School Hare along with fellow students Jalen Saunders and Meghan Smith. All three are in Level 3 and it was Saunders’ third time reading at the annual event and Smith’s second.
Beales has been writing since elementary school and has always enjoyed writing poetry. It’s something she’s always been told she was good at.
So, when approached to take part in the High School Hare she thought it would be something she’d enjoy and it was a way to get involved with more things at school.
Beales considers Hynes and McGrath phenomenal writers
“It’s kind of surreal,” she said of getting to read at an event with them.
Her poems are about deeper things, how she’s feeling and mental health.
“It used to be seen as really taboo, but that’s changing,” she said of mental health.
“It is important to talk about because there’s so many people that have (issues with) it and it’s hard to live with and there’s a lot of people who commit suicide when really they just needed to be understood, they needed to relate to other people.”
Beales said writing poems and putting her feelings on paper has often helped her work things out.
“It’s easier to relate to others when you really know what you think.”
She read two poems during the event, “The Ladder” and “Fine,” which she wrote when she was 13.
Besides reading to the students and others gathered in the school library Hynes and McGrath also sang for them.