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 web
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'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.