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On The Nail @ The Locke Bar, Limerick

The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents
National Poetry Day at The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick

The Limerick Writers’ Centre continue their new ‘On The Nail’ reading series with a special evening of poetry and music at The Locke Bar, George’s Quay, Limerick on Thursday 1st October to mark National Poetry Day.

Featured guest readers will read from the classics and at a special open-mic writers and poetry lovers of all hue and shade are invited along to read their own favourite poems. Even if you don’t write you are welcome to bring something along to read.
So if you’re a fan of Wordsworth, Frost, Heaney and others, this is your chance to read that poem. Music on the night will be provided by Chris Wood, Larry De Cleir
and others.

This is also your chance to meet other writers and anyone interested in creative writing is welcome to come along on the night and meet with like-minded people, those interested in becoming part of a writing group are encouraged to meet and form groups under the auspices of the Limerick Writers’ Centre.

The night begins at 8.30pm and there is free admission and a free glass of wine and finger food for everyone attending. So join us on the night and make this event something special.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email

Featured Readers.

Liam O’Brien and Myles Breen are well known in the theatre world being founder members, along with Mike Finn and Mike Burke, of Limerick’s newest theatre company, Bottom Dog. Recently Liam and Myles read poems from Desmond O’Grady new book, My Limerick Town, at the Belltable. Tonight they will read a selection of their favourite classic poems.

CIARAN O'DRISCOLL was born in Callan, Co Kilkenny, in 1943, and presently lives in Limerick. He is a committee member of Cuisle, Limerick City's International Poetry Festival, and a member of Aosdána. He has published eight books of poetry including Moving On, Still There: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2001), and Surreal Man (Pighog, 1996). In 2001, Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves. A new collection is forthcoming in October 2009 from Three Spires (Cork), and ‘Swirl’, a CD which features him reading a number of poems, with musical accompaniment, was released in July.
Patrick Stack was born in Limerick, brought up in Kerry and now lives in Clare. A graduate of TCD he has recently began writing again after a long break. Currently working on a new collection.

Tom McCarthy is the winner of the inaugural Desmond O’Grady Trophy at the Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Festival. He is a native of Ballynanty but now lives in Ardnacrusha. He reads regularly at the White House Poetry Revival and has one Chapbook published.


  1. are we aloud to read our own poetry or does it have to be from a book


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