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

Writing Workshop with Dr. Robyn Rowland AO

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Writing Workshop with Dr. Robyn Rowland AO (c)
Saturday September 11th 2010, 10 – 4.00   (with a break for lunch)
At The Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 barrington St., Limerick. Tel 087 2996409
This structured workshop is appropriate for, and has been successfully conducted with, established and early writers; poets and prose writers.
Part 1.      Sweet Words: Valuing the Particular.
It is often difficult to find a way into the poem or prose we want to write and to bring to it a sense of the immediate. Beginning in the particular, we can watch an organic growth occur, gaining nurture from colour, scent, sound, taste and touch. In these particulars lie the story, the connection ready to unfold in your writing. This session will help you to uncover it, to shape it, with the aim  of gaining immediacy in your work.
Part 2.      River and ocean; tear and breath. Great and small; water in flood and famine.
From the smallest droplet to the greatest ocean, water is the building block of life. Inside us – bodies made primarily of water – tears release emotion, water ensures survival. As an image, it flows through the great poetry of Buddhism, the Bible and the poetry of those who connect inner life with nature. This workshop takes the elemental nature of water – its practical and mythical significance – and encourages its various representations in our work.
Each participant is given notes to keep relating to the topic for each part of the workshop, as well as copies of Robyn’s or other poems which exemplify themes. Each part of the workshop involves a talk, a guided meditative moment encouraging participants to attend to the nature of their piece of writing, followed by writing towards the topic. At the end of each part, Robyn will give feedback for each participant in terms of the aim of the workshop
Cost: 35 euros, (30 concession). Limited numbers. Bookings essential please by Sept 6th, as Robyn is traveling to do the workshop and for the preparation of materials
To book contact Dominic @

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   E-mail:

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.

Check out my Slide Show!

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REVIVAL PRESS In association with THE LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTREis pleased to announce the launch of Where The Dagda Dance: New and Selected Poems by Teri Murray in The Locke Bar (upstairs) Monday April 12th by Ciaran O’Driscoll.

Where The Dagda Dances: New and Selected Poems is the fourth collection from poet Teri Murray. While she frequently writes with the sharp social comment and satire of a Rita Ann Higgins, her voice is more often warm and sympathetic. She celebrates friends and their gifts, and the places she recalls are redolent of a less frenetic time when capital and country were not so polarised. Throughout the collection, themes of loss, grief and remembering recur. Where the Dagda Dances shows her to be an accomplished seamstress of poetry.

Revival Press Managing Editor Dominic Taylor said: “We are delighted to publish Teri Murray’s fourth poetry collection. Teri is a fine example and inspiration to all new and upcoming poets for her commitment, originality and hard work. This collection brings together some of Teri Murray’s most potent poems from her previous collections, Poems From The Exclusion Zone, (Stonebridge 2001), The Authority Of Winter, (Stonebridge 2007) and Coddle And Tripe (Stonebridge 1998), her collaboration with Liam Mulligan.The placing of these poems alongside her new work allows us to view the breath of skill with which she invokes her life journey – both physical and spiritual.

Author Teri Murray spoke of her new collection. “ I am delighted that Revival Press decided to publish my new collection and also that it contains poems from my three previous collections, which are now out of print. I am invariable asked after readings for a copy of this or that poem but recently I have had to disappoint many people, so this ‘new and selected’ collection is indeed timely.”

Where The Dagda Dances: New and Selected Poems by Teri Murray, is available online at and from all usual outlets priced €15.00 paperback. ISBN: 978-09554722-8-2

For further details: Dominic Taylor; Tel: 087 2996409; E: revivalpress@eircom.netFor trade orders or to request a copy for review, please email

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