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.

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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

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.


At the Performance Poetry Workshop

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 by limerickwriterscentre

Attending the Performance Poetry workshop at the Limerick Writers' Centre sat 28th Nov '09 were Tommy Collins, Barry Finegan, Jim Moran, Tobias Manderson Galvin (Facilator) Beth Dennehy, Dominic Taylor (not in picture)

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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Women’s Voices…Women’s Stories!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2009 by limerickwriterscentre

Limerick County Council Arts Office Presents

3 Sunday Afternoons in November

Women’s Voices… Women’s Stories… An entertaining and uplifting afternoon of song, story and poetry for adults with singer Noirín Ni Riain, Cora Fenton of Call Back Theatre and Poet Eileen Sheehan who will be joined by Allundé – Women’s Community singing group at Knockainey and County Limerick Youth Choir at Glenstal Abbey Sunday 8th November – Castleconnell ACM 3.30 to 5.00pm Admission €5

Sunday 15th November – St. John’s Church Knockainey 3.30 to 5.00pm Contribution

Sunday 22nd November – Glenstal Abbey, Glenstal 3.30 to 5.00pm

Retiring Collection Enquiries to: or 061 496498 / 496300 County Arts Office Limerick County Council County Hall Dooradoyle Co. Limerick

Tim Cunningham Poetry Workshop

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2009 by limerickwriterscentre

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