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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
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or see http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com