Sunday, December 12, 2010

'On The Nail' Reading Thurs 6th Jan 2011 8.00pm

'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 6th Jan 2011 8.00pm

The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 6th Jan 2011 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick
.
Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Month (Jan 2011) our guests are poet Teri Murray and author James Lawless.

James Lawless
was born in Dublin and divides his time between County Kildare and West Cork. His first novel, Peeling Oranges, a paternal quest set in the Liberties of Dublin and Franco’s Spain, was published in 2007 by Killynon House. Awards include the Scintilla Welsh Open Poetry competition in 2002, the Cecil Day Lewis Play Award 2005 for What Are Neighbours For? and a Hennessy Award nomination and the WOW Award for short stories in 2010. A second novel, For Love of Anna, a story of love, ideology and corruption, was published by New Generation in 2009 as was his book on modern poetry, Clearing The Tangled Wood: Poetry as a way of seeing the world, which was published by Academica Press, USA ( ‘a linguistic ballet, learned and lively on behalf of poetry’ - John Montague), and for which he received an arts bursary award. A new suburban novel, The Avenue (‘A work of passion and truth’ - Declan Kiberd)


Teri Murray began writing in the 1980s and was the winner of the Wicklow Drama Award in 1987 for a children’s play. In 1991 she was commissioned by artist Brian Maguire to write a series of poems to accompany his paintings, Behind Bars – Public and Private.
Her work also featured in Round Peg, an anthology by Clothesline Press, Dublin in 1991. She was editor for Scratches On The Wall, an anthology of Limerick writers produced by Tholsel press in 1995. Since then her poems and short stories have appeared in various magazines.
A Time Under Heaven, her play about the history of Limerick was performed by The Quarry Players and ran for a week at the Belltable in 1996.
Her first collection, Coddle and Tripe, with the late Liam Mulligan was published by Stonebridge in 1998. Poems From The Exclusion Zone appeared in 2001 also from Stonebridge. Later that year she was the winner of a poetry competition which took place during the Eighse Michael Hartnett in Newcastlewest, Co Limerick.
A childrens book, Eddy The Teddy and The Big Fat Nana was published in 2003 followed in 2007 by her third collections of poems, The Authority Of Winter published by Stonebridge.
She is currently editor of Revival Poetry Journal. Where The Daghdha Dances: New and Selected Poems her newest collection from Revival press confirms her as one of the most accomplished poets writing today.

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 there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. 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.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com
To view videos of readings go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings
'The Limerick Writers' Centre' acknowledges the financial support of The Arts Council of Ireland.

Friday, December 3, 2010

LWC Flash Fiction 2010 Winning Story


The Winning Short Story in the LWC Flash Fiction Slam 2010 written by Barry Finegan

Two of the five

It all started with the flambéed Christmas pudding. Appearing innocent enough, it did possess two of the five ingredients most common to domestic disaster, fire and alcohol. Things could have turned out quite different.

It was one of those typical white hot, furnace bright, clear sky, sluggish wind, African Christmas days. On such days every manner of creature finds the deepest shade it can and rests; all but homo sapiens. For us it was a day for friends and family; lots of friends, necessary family. A day for trestle tables on the back lawn struggling under the weight of turkeys, hams, steamed vegetables, Christmas puddings, buckets of ice bearing bottles of stein, and sweating cans of lager; many cans of lager. It was a day for streamers, and crackers, and silly little whistles, and short jokes printed in microscopic font onto tiny bits of paper, and crêpe hats that bleed blue, red, yellow and green onto dripping foreheads. Uncle Albert had his own hat; a bright red and crisp white Santa hat, 100% acrylic, made in China.

If Uncle Albert had not got distracted when Ted’s new girlfriend slopped half a glass of wine into her cleavage he would have noticed the pudding being prepared and lit. If it wasn’t so bright he maybe would have seen the almost invisible flames as he reached across the table for the last morsel of stuffing. If he wasn’t eight lagers into Christmas day he would have remembered the warning on the hat to keep away from flame. Had the unfortunate event not occurred I wouldn’t know now just how many people visit the casualty department on Christmas day, nor would I know what to get him for Christmas this year, but I do; a wig.

Barry Finegan was born of Irish descent and raised in Africa, he moved to Ireland late 2008. He is currently working on his first novel and also writes poetry as a form of ‘mind gym’ to hone his creative writing skills.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

LWC Christmas Literary Bash Thurs 2nd Dec 8.00pm & The Locke Bar.

Limerick Writers’ Centre Christmas Literary Bash
(incorporating the 2010 LWC Flash Fiction Slam Final)
Thurs. 2nd Dec 8.00pm @ The Locke Bar, Limerick

Come along to the Loft @ the Locke bar, George’s quay on Thursday, December 2nd at 8pm for a festive feast of fiction, poetry and a merry miscellany of all sorts of literary guff.

On the night we will be hosting the awards for the 2010 LWC Flash Fiction Slam, with the field narrowed down to just 10 stories. Audience members will get the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The theme was Christmas and the shortlist ranges from the saccharine to the bizarre. The ten short-listed writers will read their pieces, short and attention-grabbing at just 300 words.

A crack team of craic judges has been assembled, including Bob Burke (Bisto award winner – The Third Pig Detective Agency), Roisin Meaney (Love in the Making), Susanne O’Leary(Swedish for Beginners) and Helena Close(The Clever One)

This is the first year that the competition has been run and the organisers report that the standard of entries was very, very high.

Following the award of the Judges prize (sponsored by O’Mahoney’s Booksellers) there will be an open mic where anyone and everyone can bring poetry and prose to the party. Bring along something you’ve written or a piece that moves you and share it with us.

Happy Christmas from the Limerick Writers’ Centre

Further details: Tel 087 2996409 or email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

All Ireland 'limericks' Championship @ the Locke Bar Tues. 9th Nov 2010

Limerick Writers’ Centre
Presents


An ‘On the Nail’ Special

Tues. 9th Nov 2010 8.00pm
@The Locke Bar, Limerick.

All Ireland ‘limericks’ Slam Championship

Calling all poets and writers! The All Ireland ‘limericks’ Championship takes place Tues 9th Nov in The Loft Venue at The Locke Bar, George’s Quay Limerick…start time 8.00pm!

The slam will take the form of a two round contest (so bring at least two ‘limericks’) and the verse must strictly follow the ‘limerick’ formula, it must also be of the performers own construction.
The winners will be chosen by an appointed three person panel. The prize on offer is a trophy for the winner and two runner up prizes.

If you want to participate, all you have to do is arrive on the night to the Locke Bar and give your name to the M.C. Alternatively you can send on your name to the
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com requesting inclusion.

We will be delighted to hear from you and your letter will be acknowledged. Once your name is on the list you will be called on the night with everybody else to make your contribution.

Admission is free.

What is a Limerick?
To be a Limerick, a verse MUST have: Five lines. Lines one, two, and five MUST rhyme.
Lines three and four MUST rhyme. A good Limerick will have a clever, unanticipated punch line as line five. A good Limerick will not be insipid or pointless. A good Limerick often has puns, word play, eccentric spelling, or some other witty feature.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Munster Heat All Ireland Poetry Slam Tues 19th Oct 2010


Limerick Writers’ Centre

Presents
An ‘On the Nail’ Special
Tues 19th Oct. 2010 8.30pm

Munster Heat All Ireland Poetry Slam

Performance poets and spoken word artists from Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Clare and Tipperary will battle it out at the Munster heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam to be held at 8.30pm

Tues Oct 19th- The Locke Bar, Limerick.

For those of you who haven’t experienced one, a slam is a performance poetry competition in which poets perform for not more than three minutes. The winner will be chosen by an appointed three person panel. The prize on offer to the winner is the honour of representing Munster in the 4th All Ireland Poetry Slam to be held 3.00pm Oct 30th at the International Bar in Dublin.

If you want to participate, all you have to do is arrive on the night to the Locke Bar and give your name to the M.C. Alternatively you can email your name to the limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com requesting inclusion.

We will be delighted to hear from you and your letter will be acknowledged. Once your name is on the list you will be called on the night with everybody else to make your contribution.

Admission is free. Details 087 2996409

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar Thurs. 4th Nov 2010


'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 4th Nov 2010 8.00pm

The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 4th Nov 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick
.
Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Month (November) our Guest Readers are Grace Wells and Susanne O’Leary


Grace Wells' first book, 'Gyrfalcon', a novel for children, won the Eilis Dillon Best Newcomer Bisto Award and was an International White Ravens' Choice. A second children's novel Ice-Dreams was published by the O'Brien Press in 2008, while 'One World, Our World' a development education book for Irish Aid, has recently been launched by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Her poetry and short stories have appeared widely and been broadcast on RTE. She was selected for Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series 2003, was shortlisted for the Start Chapbook Prize '06 and the Charlie Byrne New Writer of the Year '07, and took third place in the '07 Patrick Kavanagh Award. Her first collection of poems, When God has been Called Away to Greater Things was recently published. She reviews Irish Poetry for 'Contrary', the University of Chicago's online magazine.

Susanne O’Leary is Swedish, married to a former Irish diplomat., and lives in Co. Tipperary. She has written two non fiction books, published by Gill&Macmillan in 1999 and 2000, respectively and four novels. She has also recently completed a historical novel, based on an old scandal in her family. After that, she co- wrote a detective story with another Swedish writer, who also wrote some of the scripts for the famous ‘Wallander’ series. Her agent has great hopes for this and it’s now out with a number of publishers. She will read from her new novel Swedish for Beginners.
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 there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. 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.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com
To view videos of Oct reading go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

Sunday, September 12, 2010

'On The Nail' Reading Thurs.7th Oct 2010


'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 7th Oct 2010 8.00pm


The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 7th Oct 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick

Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Month (October) we Launch Revival Poetry Journal No 17 plus Guest Readers Matthew Sweeney and Roisin Meaney ( new novel Love In The Making will be launched by Mags Haugh of Spotlight Stage School on the night).

Matthew Sweeney was born Co Donegal, Ireland, 1952. Lived for many years in London, and more recently in Romania and Germany but returned to UK and Ireland frequently for work and earnings purposes. Since late 2007 he has been based in Cork. As well as publications mentioned elsewhere, work is increasingly appearing in translation. Has lived as a freelance writer since the mid 1980s.

Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, Co Kerry. She started her working life as an elementary school teacher in 1980. Her first novel, The Daisy Picker, which won the ‘Write a Bestseller’ competition that Tivoli publishers were running to launch themselves. Seven years and five novels later, she gave up teaching to concentrate on fulltime writing.

To date she’s written six adult novels and two children’s books. Three of her novels have made the top five in the Irish bestseller list, one going all the way to the top, and her writing has been translated into German, Spanish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. Her latest adult novel, Love in the Making, will be published in the US in early 2011 under the title Semi-Sweet. Her seventh novel, The Things We Do for Love, will hit Irish bookshelves next February, published by Hachette Books Ireland.

She currently lives in Limerick with two badly behaved cats, and she reads stories to small children every Saturday morning in Limerick City library at The Granary.

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 there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. 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.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com
To view videos of Sept reading go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

Thursday, August 12, 2010


'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 2nd Sept 2010 8.00pm

The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 2nd Sept 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick.

Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Months (September) Guest Readers are Nuala Ní Chonchúir (in association with Poetry Ireland) and Gerard Stembridge.

Nuala Ní Chonchúir was Born in Dublin in 1970, and is a full-time fiction writer and poet, living in Galway county. She has published three collections of short fiction, three poetry collections - one in an anthology, and one novel. Nuala holds a BA in Irish from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Translation Studies (Irish/English) from Dublin City University. She has worked as an arts administrator in theatre and in a writers' centre; as a translator, as a bookseller and also in a university library. Nuala teaches creative writing on a part-time basis.

Gerard Stembridge is a writer, director and actor born in 1958 in Limerick. While attending UCD he was auditor of the Literary and Historical Society.
He co-created the Irish radio comedy programme Scrap Saturday (satirical comedy series) with Dermot Morgan. Films as Writer/Director - Guiltrip (1996); About Adam (2000); Alarm(2008). As Writer only - Ordinary Decent Criminal (1999); Nora(2000). TV films: The Truth about Claire(1990); Black Day at Black Rock (2001); Les Européens (2005) ARTE. Novels: According to Luke (2006); Counting Down (2009).
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 there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. 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.

Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com
To view videos of August reading go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

Tuesday, July 20, 2010



'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 5th Aug 2010 8.00pm

The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 5th Aug 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick.

Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Months (August) Guest Readers are Dave Lordan and Elaine Feeney

Dave Lordan was born in Derby, England, in 1975, and grew up in Clonakilty in West Cork. In 2004 he was awarded an Arts Council bursary and in 2005 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry. His collections are The Boy in The Ring (Salmon Poetry, 2007), which won the Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish writer and was shortlisted for the Irish Times poetry prize; and Invitation to a Sacrifice (Salmon Poetry, 2010) is just published. Eigse Riada theatre company produced his first play, Jo Bangles, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in 2010. He has lived in Holland, Greece and Italy, and now resides in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

Elaine Feeney was born in Galway in 1979. She has been writing since her early teens. In 2006 she won the North Beach Nights Grand Slam and in 2008 won the Cuirt Festival’s Poetry Grand Slam. She is a keen page and performance writer. Elaine has performed at many venues including The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Electric Picnic, The Vilenica Festival and The Cúirt International Literature Festival. She was the chosen writer on a One Sheet collaboration in 2010 with an artist and a graphic designer and this work is currently on exhibit across Dublin. Her work has been translated into Slovene. Elaine lives in Athenry with her partner Ray, and sons, Jack and Finn. Her debut collection of poetry, Where’s Katie, is just published by Salmon Poetry.


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 there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. 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.

Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com
To view videos of July reading go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Launch of Gleanings by John Liddy 12th July 2010

REVIVAL PRESS
In association with
THE LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTRE
is pleased to announce the launch of


Gleanings


by

John Liddy


Monday 12th July 2010 at 8.00pm
at The Locke Bar (Upstairs).


All Welcome!


Monday, June 7, 2010

'On The Nail' Reading 1st July 2010




'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 1st July 2010 8.00pm

The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 1st July 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick.

Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Months Guest Readers are Noel King, Tim Cunningham and Richard Halperin.

Richard W. Halperin
is an Irish/U.S. poet who lives in Paris. Since 2005, he has been widely published in journals, mainly in Ireland, e.g., Revival, The Stony Thursday Book, The Shop, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly (Featured Poet, Summer 2009), Poetry Ireland Review, Ropes Galway. He will be reading from his debut collection Anniversary (Salmon Poetry Limited). [optional:] He gave his first reading in 2007 at Glenstal Abbey.

Noel King is a writer, actor and musician, native of Tralee, Co. Kerry. His poetry, haiku, short stories, articles and reviews have appeared in publications in over thirty countries, the poetry in journals as diverse as Poetry Ireland Review, The Sunday Tribune, Bongos of the World (Japan), The Dalhousie University Review (Canada), Kotaz (South Africa), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria) and Quadrant (Australia). Along the way he has been a singer with the famous Bunratty Castle Entertainers and has worked as an arts administrator and poetry editor. His first collection Prophesying The Past (Salmon Poetry) has just been published.

Tim Cunningham was born in Limerick in 1942. Tim has three collections published: Don Marcelino's Daughter (Peterloo Poets, 2001), Unequal Thirds (Peterloo Poets, 2006) and Kyrie (Revival Press, 2008).

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 there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. 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.

Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com
To view videos of June reading go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lunchtime reading at THE HUNT MUSEUM, LIMERICK, Tuesday 25th May - A LIMERICK MISCELLANY with Mae Leonard at which she will read some of her Sunday Miscellany pieces.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

'On The Nail' Reading Thurs 3rd June @ the Locke Bar


'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 3rd June 2010 8.00pm

The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 3rd June 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick.


Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Months Guest Readers Knute Skinner and John Walsh.

Knute Skinner
was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2000 he retired from teaching and now, along with his spouse, Edna Faye Kiel, is resident year round in Killaspuglonane, County Clare.
His first book of poetry, Stranger with a Watch, appeared in 1965 and contained early poems written in Iowa. His second collection, A Close Sky over Killaspuglonane (1968), showed the influence of the people and the landscape of rural Clare. Since then, he has published eight more books and six chapbooks. His poems, which have appeared widely in serial publications in Ireland, England, Australia and North America, show a variety of styles, including both free and formal verse. Two collections, The Bears and What Trudy Knows, demonstrate a marked departure from his usual lyric mode, as the poems are all fictional narratives highlighting brief moments in the lives of the imagined narrators. In 2007 Salmon Publishing brought out a collected edition, Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007. He occasionally conducts poetry writing workshops. The Limerick launch of his memoir Help Me To A Getaway (Salmon) will be launched on the night by local poet Mark Whelan.

John Walsh
was born in Derry in 1950. After sixteen years teaching English in Germany, in 1989 he returned to live in Connemara. His first collection of poetry 'Johnny tell Them' was published by Guildhall Press (Derry) in October 2006.

In 2007 he received a Publication Award from Galway County Council to publish his second collection,'Love's Enterprise Zone' (Doire Press, Connemara).

His poems have been published in Ireland, the UK and Austria and he has read and performed his poems at events in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Sweden.

He is organizer and MC of the successful performance poetry event North Beach Poetry Nights in the Crane Bar, Galway, Ireland's leading monthly performance poetry event. In March this year John won the Spring Festival Poetry Slam at the Munster Literary Festival in Cork. He has also been known to show up with his guitar and deliver one or two of his own songs.

Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot, a third collection of sixty new poems was published by Salmon Poetry in May 2010.

Visit his webpage at: www.johnwalshpoet.com

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 there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. 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.

Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com
To view videos of May reading go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Walk and Workshop June 5th 2010

Walk and Workshop Presents Poets:
Maighread Medbh, Mags Treanor, Susan Millar DuMars, Elaine Feeney and Mary Mullen.

June 5th, 1PM
in a field on a farm above a turlough in Co. Galway.

Event not weather permitting. Email for details and directions:
walkandworkshop@yahoo.ie

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Locke Bar: New Cultural Hub For Limerick!


Celebrating 21 years at the heart of Limerick city this year, The Locke Bar recently marked the occasion by announcing details of its new venue, The Loft, which will play host to theatre, music, literature, comedy, and be available for parties and corporate functions. The Limerick Writers' Centre are already in residence there since last year with their 'On The Nail' literary reading series and now Limerick’s Bottom Dog Theatre Company have taken up residency in the new venue, which is ‘themed’ with memorabilia from Limerick’s theatrical and musical past. Richard Costello proprietor of the Locke Bar has managed, even in these recessionary times, to create a new cultural hub for the city. Also in residency are Limerick Songwriters who have a weekly open-mic session for new and aspiring songwriters. The Locke Bar is now undoubtedly the new home of poetry, literature, theatre and creative and artistic endeavours in Limerick.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

'On the Nail' Reading Thursday 6th May 2010

'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 6th May 2010 8.00pm











The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 6th May 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick.

Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Months Guest Readers Kevin Higgins, Mary Madec and Susan Millar DuMars.

Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland. He has published three collections of poems The Boy With No Face (2005), Time Gentlemen, Please (2008) and Frightening New Furniture (2010) all published by Salmon Poetry. His work also features in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe 2010).

Mary Madec was born in County Mayo. She started writing poetry about six years ago and since then has published in Crannóg, West 47, The Cúirt Annual, the SHOp, The Sunday Tribune, WOW and Iota among others. In Spring 2007 she was chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introductions; she was runner-up in the Raftery competition and published in the WINDOWS anthology. She also organises a community-writing project Away with Words for people with intellectual disabilities. Mary won the 2008 Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry. She is a participant in Kevin Higgins’s advanced poetry workshop at Galway Arts Centre and read at the 2008 Cúirt Festival Over The Edge Showcase reading. Mary’s first collection of poems, In Other Words, is just published by Salmon Poetry.

Susan Millar DuMars was born in Philadelphia in 1966 to a Belfast-born mother. She holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her poems and short stories have been published widely in the US, UK and Ireland. Susan's stories have been short-listed for many awards, and in 2005 she received an Irish Arts Council Bursary for her fiction. American Girls, a volume of her short stories, was published by Lapwing in 2007. Susan lives in Galway, Ireland. Since 2003, Susan and her husband Kevin Higgins have organised the successful Over the Edge reading series, showcasing new writers. Susan teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute, Galway Arts Centre, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and on the Brothers of Charity Away With Words programme. Big Pink Umbrella (Salmon Poetry, 2008) is the first full collection of her poetry. One of her poems has been chosen by editor, Mathew Sweeney, for inclusion in Best of Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword Editions). Several of her poems will feature in Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland, edited by Eva Bourke (Dedalus Press, March 2010). Her second collection of poems, Dreams for Breakfast, is just published by Salmon Poetry.

As usual music will be provided by Chris Wood and friends. 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 there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. 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.

Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com
To view videos of April reading go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings