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Author Joe O’Connor reads a Limerick
The Sept ‘On the Nail’ Literary Gathering
Tuesday 3rd Sept 2013 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!
This month our guests are John W Sexton, Louis Mulcahy and Deirdre Hynes PLUS a 10 minute Play and Open-Mic.
Deirdre Hines was born in Liverpool. She moved to Belfast shortly thereafter, and from there to Letterkenny in Co. Donegal, where she now lives.
She graduated from Trinity in 1989 with a double honours degree in English and Theatre Studies. She has written several plays, of which “Howling Moons, Silent Sons” won the Stewart Parker Award fro Best New Play in 1992. She was short listed for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2010, and won the Listowel Poetry Collection in 2011.
She has had articles published in various magazines such as “The Countryman”,”Ireland’s Own” and “Escape”.
John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent being The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon). He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.
Louis Mulcahy, potter and ceramic sculptor, has been published in many anthologies including Poetry Ireland, The Stinging Fly, Stony Thursday, and read on RTE1, Lyric Radio and Radio na Gaeltachta. He got to a short list of five for the Collection of Poems competition at Listowel in 2008 and again in 2010. In 2012 he was invited to read at the Spring Poetry Festival in Cork; Féile na Gréine in Waterville and at The Fermoy International Poetry Festival. In 2013 he shared a reading with Paul Muldoon at Féile na Bealtaine.
His first full full collection in Irish, Dhá Chlog ag Bualadh, was published by An Sagart Publishing in 2012. His first full collection in English from An Sagart is due out this year.
He is Director of the highly successful Féile Bheag Filíochta which takes place on the second weekend of November each year in Ballyferriter and Dingle.
In 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland for his pottery and his contribution to his community.
.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 Foras na Gaeilge & The Arts Council of Ireland.
Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email
The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents – Developing Original Fiction Characters Workshop With author William Ryan.
Novelist William Ryan will work with participants to develop fiction characters that stand out, using group exercises to show how to bring characters to life and move your stories forward.
I Live in Michael Hartnett – a new anthology of poems written in praise of Co. Limerick poet Michael Hartnett was launched at The Red Door in Newcastle West at 3.00pm Saturday 27th April 2013. The collection of poems by contemporary poets in celebration of Michael Hartnett, is published by Revival Press in association with Limerick County Council and edited by James Lawlor. Friend and fellow poet of Michael Hartnett Paula Meehan, officially launched the collection.
The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents
Tuesday 4th June 2013 in The Loft Venue@ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick.
Start 8.00pm sharp!
This month launch of Revival Literary Journal No. 26 PLUS guest readers Knute Skinner, Carlos Reyes
Information regarding events etc at Limerick Writers’ Centre is available from http://www.limerickwriterscentre.com
Dr Robyn Rowland AO has published ten books. Her work has been awarded a number of prizes. Silence & its tongues (2006) was shortlisted for the 2007 ACT Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Seasons of doubt & burning: New & Selected Poems is just published. Third generation Irish-Australian, Robyn has been reading and teaching in Ireland for 28 years, where she lives part-time in Connemara. She has read her poetry in Portugal, Ireland, the UK, the USA, Greece, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Turkey and Italy, where, along with Canada and Japan, she has also been published. She has read at many Irish festivals including: Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Listowel Writers Week, Scriobh, Éigse Michael Hartnett, Clifden Arts Week, and Strokestown International Poetry Festival. Her poetry has been featured often on Australian national radio programs PoeticA and The Spirit of Things. Robyn is known for her moving readings, available on her CDs, Off the tongue and Silver Leaving – Poems & Harp.
Robyn, an Honorary Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, was Deputy Chair of the Board, Australian Poetry Centre (2007-2008), and Professor of Social Inquiry and Women’s Studies at Deakin University, retiring in 1996 with breast cancer and burnout. She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her contribution to higher education and women’s health in 1996.
‘… settings range from Australian to Ireland, but the truer landscape is the human heart, scarred but resilient … Rowland’s lessons, transmitted through rich poetic language, can be heard by anyone willing to listen with both the head and the heart.’
Silence & its tongues: Michael C. Kuhne. Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian literature.
‘While retaining artistic control, Robyn Rowland allows real feeling to inform her poetry, rather than playing safe with a fashionably detached ironic mode. Shadows at the Gate authentically sings of tenderness and courage in the face of ‘time’s corrosive kiss’. Michael Coady