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Bring Your Limericks to Limerick 2014

Posted in arts, literature, poetry, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 13, 2014 by limerickwriterscentre

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To enter this year’s contest, go to:

Author Joe O’Connor reads a Limerick

Sept ‘On the Nail’ Literary Gathering

Posted in books, literature, poetry, Uncategorized with tags , on August 13, 2013 by limerickwriterscentre

louis002Deirdre PRThe Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents

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 web To view videos of previous reading go to:

Developing original Fiction Workshop

Posted in literature, poetry, Uncategorized with tags , , on May 4, 2013 by limerickwriterscentre

The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents – Developing Original Fiction Characters Workshop With author William Ryan.

Sat 25th May 10.00am to 1.00pmwilliam 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. I-live-in-M-Hartnett-Cover 1 aLimerick 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

The  JUNE  ‘On The Nail’ Literary Gatheringrevival 26 cover

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

and Open-Mic!

 New Collection from Patrick Early

Patrick earlyImportant to mention a new collection of poems from the unstoppable Lapwing Poetry, Belfast, who have served so many Irish writers so well. ICE FLOWERS OVER ROCK is a collection by Patrick Early, long-time resident of Co. Clare, Ireland, who has travelled widely and is working on translations of the Spanish poet, Antonio Machado. Many of the poems cover his impressions of his time in Ireland. ISBN 987-1-909252-30-1 Pbck. £10. 73pp.
Ennistymon Book Fair.
They’re getting geared up for Ennistymon Book Fair 2013, May 18th & 19th! The fair will feature pop-up shops, stalls and events for adults & children – with ten prominent booksellers from around Ireland trading, including Scéal Eile Books , Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Salmon Poetry – read more about the festival here. books%20image
Admission to the festival & to all events is free. See you there!


Posted in arts, books, literature on September 27, 2010 by limerickwriterscentre

At The Robyn Rowland Workshop @ Limerick Writers’ Centre Sat 11th Sept 2010

Posted in arts, books, literature, poetry, Uncategorized on September 11, 2010 by limerickwriterscentre

Attendees at The Robyn Rowland Workshop @ The Limerick Writers' Centre

Posted in arts, books, literature, poetry, Uncategorized on April 24, 2010 by limerickwriterscentre

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.

Oisin McGann Workshop 27th Feb 2010

Posted in arts, books, literature, poetry with tags on February 28, 2010 by limerickwriterscentre

Attendees at The Oisin McGann 'Writing For Children' workshop at The Limerick Writers Centre

2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition

Posted in arts, books, literature, poetry, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by limerickwriterscentre

2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition sponsored by Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop In 2010 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual creative writing competition. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers. The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300. One of these will then be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400, giving the overall winner total prize money of €700 and the title Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2010.

The 2010 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year will be a Featured Reader at a reading to be scheduled in Galway City Library in Winter 2010/11. Salmon Poetry will read without prejudice a manuscript submitted to them by the winner in the poetry category. Entries should be sent to Over The Edge, New Writer of the Year competition, 3 Carbry Road, Newcastle, Galway, Ireland with an accompanying SAE. Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on your poem(s) or story. Put your contact details on a separate sheet. Criteria: fiction of up to three thousand words, three poems of up to forty lines, or one poem of up to one hundred lines. Multiple entries are acceptable but each must be accompanied by a fee. The fee for one entry is €10. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry e.g. two entries will cost €15, three entries €22.50 and so on. Fee payable by cheque or money order to Over The Edge. To take part you must be at least sixteen years old by September 1st 2010 and not have a book published or accepted for publication in that genre. Chapbooks excepted. Entries must not have been previously published or be currently entered in any other competition. The closing date is Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010. A longlist will be announced in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010. A shortlist will be announced at the Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, August 26th. The winners will be announced at the Over The Edge reading in Galway City Library on Thursday, September 30th, 2010. This year’s competition judge is James Martyn. James is from Galway where he is a member of The Talking Stick Writing Workshop. James writes both fiction and poetry. He has had work broadcast on both RTE and BBC and won the Listowel Writers Week Originals Short Story Competition. His work has appeared in The Cúirt Journal, West 47, Books Ireland, Crannóg, TheSunday Tribune, The Stinging Fly and The Shop. He was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award in 2006. He was shortlisted for the Francis McManus award in both 2007 and 2008 and for The William Trevor International Short Story Competition in 2007. His first collection of poetry, Shedding Skin, has just been published by Arlen House. For further details contact Over The Edge on 087-6431748, e-mail or see

Oisin McGann at the Limerick Writers Centre – Children’s Fiction Workshop.

Posted in arts, books, literature, poetry, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by limerickwriterscentre

Oisin McGann at the Limerick Writers Centre – Children’s Fiction Workshop.

Date: Saturday Feb 27th 2010 Venue: The Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick Time 10am to 2pm Saturday Feb 27th 2010 Fee: €40 (€30 concession). Advance Booking required.

Space very limited so book now! Wherever your interest lies in the realm of children’s fiction – be it picture books, early readers or teenage fiction – you cannot miss this opportunity. Oisin McGann is one of Ireland’s foremost children’s writers and a master at communicating the business that is writing.

To register your interest in this workshop email Dominic Taylor at

About Oisin McGann: Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.

Oisin now works full-time as a writer and illustrator. He lives somewhere in the Irish countryside, where he won’t be heard shouting at his computer.

Awards and Recognition

In 2009, Strangled Silence was shortlisted for Falkirk Council’s 2010 RED Book Award.In 2008, Small-Minded Giants was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards, which are open to any book, rather than just those published in the relevant year.

In 2007, Ancient Appetites was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

In May 2007, Small-Minded Giants was recommended by the Education Secretary, Alan Johnson and the School Library Association in the UK on a one-off list of Top 160 Books For Boys (No. 44).

 In 2006, Under Fragile Stone was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

In 2006, The Gods And Their Machines, published by Tor in the United States, was shortlisted for Locus Magazine’s Best First Novel Award.

 In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines and The Harvest Tide Project were both shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland Award, the first time an author has had two books on the same shortlist for this award.

In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines won a Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award.


Posted in arts, books, literature, poetry, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by limerickwriterscentre

The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents
On The Nail’ Christmas celebration of literature at The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Thursday 3rd December at 8.00pm.

The Limerick Writers’ Centre continue their ‘On The Nail’ reading series with a special Christmas celebration of poetry, prose and music at The Locke Bar, George’s Quay, Limerick on Thursday 3rd December at 8.00pm.

Everyone is invited to partake in this festive occasion. Poets, storytellers, musicians and writers of all hue and shade can read or play at our special Christmas open-mic. Even if you don’t write you are welcome to bring something along to read.

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.

The night begins at 8.00pm 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 and those wishing to take part contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email web

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