Friday, January 29, 2016

Feb 2016 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering

The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The February 2016 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Tuesday 2nd Feb 2016 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!

This month we present the first of our 1916 commemoration events with a performance of:
Breakfast with Padraig
By Colm Scully and Conor McManus
“Breakfast with Padraig” is a Spoken Word performance lasting 50 minutes. It includes original stories and poems about 1916 from Conor and Colm. It includes poetry from Thomas McDonagh. These are performed live, to an accompanying filmed backdrop where the rising is discussed on themes of prelude, event and reflection. This discussion is tempered with song, personal experience and humour. It is apolitical and non-judgemental, rather raising questions and strands of thought that may enlighten and urge the audience to think more deeply about the reasons for and ramifications of the Rising. Issues such as the role of women in the Rising, the role of folksong in remembering the rising and parallels with Scottish History are addressed. Its aim is to display in an entertaining and narrative format the effects that 1916 have had on two citizens from opposite ends of the republic ( Cork and Leitrim) who were born around the time of the 50th anniversary celebrations in 1966. The theme being that every Irish person is an expert on what the Rising means to them.
Colm Scully and Conor McManus are published poets and short story writers with wide experience of performing in public. Colm’s first collection “What News, Centurions?” was published by New Binary Press in 2014. He won The Cuirt New Writing Prize in 2014 and was on The Poetry Ireland Introductory series 2014. He has had poems published in many Irish magazines and has been shortlisted for a number of writing competitions. He has performed at festivals and literary venues through -out Ireland.
Conor McManus has had pieces published in Crannog, Stinging Fly and The Moth. He has been shortlisted for the Fish Short story competition and received artists retreat bursaries from Leitrim County Council.
They have both represented Cork City Council and O’Bheal in a cultural exchange with Coventry, reading at numerous venues in England.
They have produced a number of poetry films, one of which was shortlisted for Indie Cork Film Festival Competition 2014. They have produced poetry films for other poets which may be viewed on line.
Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers. Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special.
NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.
The Limerick Writers' Centre acknowledges the support of The Arts Council of Ireland.

April is Poetry Month in Limerick

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The December 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering

The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The December 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Tuesday 1st Dec 2015 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick.
Start 8.00pm sharp!

This months guest readers are Marian O'Rourke and Michael Durack.

Marian O'Rourke was born in Limerick and spent most of her life in North America. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Ireland, England and Canada. She has read her work on WBAI (New York C...ity)and Lyric FM and has performed at poetry events in Ireland, England and The United States.
Uprooted, her first poetry book, was published by Horn Press in 2008 and Inhaling the Light by Lapwing Press in 2009. Her short stories have been accepted by Sunday Miscellany. Marian holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from The Waterford Institute of Technology. She is currently working on her third poetry collection.


Mike Durack was a founder member of’ Killaloe Writers Group. His poems have appeared in literary journals such as InCognito, The Burniv Bush, Flaming Arrows, The Cafe’ Review (Portland), Maine), The Stony Thursday Book and Poetry Ireland Review and they have aired on national and local radio. A chapbook, Nothing To Write Home About (Derg Press), was published in 1988 and A Hairy Tale Of Clare (East Clare Telecottage), a comic narrative in verse, was published in 1994.
In recent years he has been collaborating with his brother,Austin on a programme of poetry and music, and together they have produced twoalbumsT he Secret Chord (2013) and Going Gone (2015.) A memoir in prose and
poems, Saved To Memory: Lost To View, is due for publication in early 2016. Michael
now lives in Ballina, Co. Tipperary.
NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.
The Limerick Writers' Centre acknowledges the support of Foras na Gaeilge & The Arts Council of Ireland.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor
087 2996409 email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com www.limerickwriterscentre.com
To view videos of previous reading go to:http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings


Sunday, June 14, 2015

July 2015 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering

The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The July 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering

Tuesday 7th July 2015 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!
This months guests are former Limerick City writer in residence John Liddy and brothers Austin and Mike Durack.
John Liddy was born Youghal, Co Cork, Ireland (1954), grew up in Limerick, took a degree in the University of Wales, works as a teacher in Madrid. He is the founding editor along with Jim Burke of The Stony Thursday Book, one of Ireland’s longest running literary reviews, along with Cyphers. During Limerick City of Culture 2014 he was one of our writers in residence.
Austin and Mike Durack, will present pieces from their recently released album "Going Gone" that includes poems by Mike and instrumental originals by Austin. Mike Durack was a founder member of' Killaloe Writers Group. Austin's career as singer, guitarist and composer has yielded nine albums and frequent airplay on national radio and television.
NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements. The Limerick Writers' Centre acknowledges the support of Foras na Gaeilge & The Arts Council of Ireland.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com www.limerickwriterscentre.com

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Introductory Course in Fiction Writing

Introductory Course in Fiction Writing
with Tara White
in association with Limerick Writers' Centre

Six weekly seminars covering all aspects of fiction writing, including:
• Memory & Imagination
• Characterisation
• Narrative Voice & Point of View
• Naming & Names
• Opening Lines
• Place
• Plot & Story ...
• Dialogue
• Editing & Publication

Time: 7 – 8.30pm, Wednesdays
Duration: July 1st – August 5th inclusive
Location: LWC, 12 Barrington St., Limerick
Cost: €90
Contact: 087 9623604 | tarawhite.freelance@gmail.com

** Enrolling now until Friday June 26th **
No experience necessary

Facilitator:Tara White's work has been featured in Irish and US literary journals since 2012. She received an MA and MFA in Creative Writing from UCD and went on to teach Creative Writing there in 2014.

http://www.pendulinepress.com/contributors/tara-white/

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

June 2015 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering

The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The June 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Tuesday 2nd June 2015 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!

This months guests are writers Mike Gallagher and John McGrath.

Mike Gallagher, writer, poet and editor, was born on Achill Island and worked in London for forty years before retiring to Kerry. His prose, poetry, haiku and songs have been published in Ireland and throughout Europe, America, Australia, Nepal, India, Thailand, Japan and Canada. His writing has been translated into Croatian, Japanese, Dutch, German and Chinese.
He won the 2009 Samhlaiocht Slam, the 2010 Michael Hartnett Viva Voce competition, he was shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2011 and won the Desmond O'Grady International Poetry Contest in 2012.
His poetry collection Stick on Stone was published by Revival Press in 2013.

John McGrath is a poet, writer and retired teacher who lives in Lisselton, North Kerry with his wife Kate. He is a founder member of the Seanchaí Writers’ Group in Listowel and a member of the Listowel Writers’ Week committee.His work has previously been included in The Ballydonoghue Magazine and The Malpais Review, Santa Fe, and online in The First Cut. John’s first collection, Blue Sky Day, was published by Moybella Press in 2007. He also co-wrote Rebel Mind, Conor
O’Sullivan’s biography published by Moybella Press in 2011.

NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.
The Limerick Writers' Centre acknowledges the support of Foras na Gaeilge & The Arts Council of Ireland.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com www.limerickwriterscentre.com
To view videos of previous reading go to:http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

Monday, April 13, 2015

The May 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering

The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The May 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Tuesday 5th May. 2015 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!
This months guests are poets Ann Marie Kennedy and Evan Cosigan and special guest from the USA Robert Fanning.


Anne Marie Kennedy, has an MA in Writing from NUI Galway and is the winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014. She is an award winning performance poet. Her prose and poetry has been published in ROPES, Blackheart Magazine, the Colony, the Galway Review, Irish Central, the SHOp,and Boyne Berries among others.
A regular contributor and twice winner of the People’s Choice Award at Baffle Poetry Festival, Loughrea, she qualified at the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, to perform at Electric Picnic.
She has had work broadcast on Sunday Miscellany,freelances for Irish Music Magazine and is a regular contributor at the Moth and Butterfly storyteller’s nights in Galway city.
Is that a Galway accent?’ is the working title of her forthcoming short story collection.
Evan Costiganhas had poems published in New Irish Writing, Burning Bush 2, Cyphers, The Moth, Cúirt Annual, Census 3 Anthology and elsewhere. Shortlisted for this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards, he won the 2012 Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award and has been shortlisted in numerous competitions, including: the Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Competition,Bridport Prize, Over the Edge Competition and Red Line Poetry Competition. The recipient of a poetry bursary from Kildare County Council Arts Office, he has been a featured reader at poetry festivals and events in Japan, Canada and New Zealand.
His fiction has appeared in journals and magazines, broadcast on RTE’s Sunday Miscellanyprogramme and has been placed in national competitions. His travel articles have been published in The Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Get Lost! and Outsider.
He has lived abroad for long periods – in South America, Australia, Japan and Canada – and just recently returned to Ireland. He resides in Dublin.


Robert Fanning is the author of two full-length poetry collections, American Prophet and The Seed Thieves and one chapbook entitled Old Bright Wheel. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, Rattle, The Cortland Review and other journals. His work has been featured on the nationally-syndicated radio program The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and he was recently a featured poet interviewed at the Library of Congress for the national public radio program, The Poet and the Poem. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University and lives in Mt. Pleasant, MI. with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.

 
NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.
The Limerick Writers' Centre acknowledges the support of Foras na Gaeilge & The Arts Council of Ireland.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com www.limerickwriterscentre.com
To view videos of previous reading go to:http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings