Upcoming literary events and launches

Iwant to flag some upcoming workshops, readings and book launches for the WhiteHouse Poetry Revival and Limerick Writers’ Centre respectively.
Tomorrow(Wednesday November 23), there will be a poetry afternoon and workshopin the Hunt Museumat 2.30pm.All poets and their friends are welcome—those whowould like to read and those who just want to sit, listen and enjoy.” For moreinformation, see www.huntmuseum.com or contact MCBarney Sheehan at barneysheehan1@gmail.com or086-8657494.
The White House Bar will host theirweekly reading/open-mic night that night at 9pm.It’s been on almost every Wednesday night for years now and is still goingstrong. There’s a great atmosphere. It generally features a guest poet, who is Christy O’Donnell tomorrow night and then otherpoets will read aloud too. Christy O’Donnell was born andraised in a family of 13 in Limerick City’sNorthside. “Growing up we were neverencouraged to write at all, instead we were expected to go into the workplaceas soon as we finished school. Christy likes to write rhyming poetry that hassome humour in it but which is also true to life with an emphasis on the punchline. Writing is both for pleasure and the need to deal with human pain on adaily basis and has found that Kilkee is a good place to ‘chill’ and to gatherone’s thoughts for a poem or a short story”. His most recent book was ongangland Ireland and he is currently working on a humorousbook of poetry which is set for release in 2012. www.christyodonnellhumourinpoetry.blogspot.com
For more information, check out thelocal press and the Whitehouse Bar is also on Facebook.
From The Ribacollection of sonnets and villanelles by Fiona Clark Echlin—will be officially launched thisSaturday, November 26 at 5pm in Upstairs@Foley’s Bar, Sarsfield Street, Limerick. The collectionwill be launched by Dr John McDonagh of Mary Immaculate College.
Born in London, Fiona Clark Echlin (Newcomb) has lived and workedin London, New York, Istanbul and finally Limerick. As well as being a poet, Fiona Clark Echlin is anaward-winning playwright and story teller. Her poems, plays and stories are allcoloured by her background, which has strong roots in the theatre. Best knownas a Performance Poet, she has read and performed her work at a wide variety ofvenues, occasions and festivals in both Ireland and the UK. Her distinctive delivery will be familiar to manyand her voice has also been heard on radio, reading, performing and discussingher poetry and radio drama. Her one-act play, Builders was recently staged atThe Source theatre in Thurles as part of The Inkubator project with AsylumProductions (Cork). She is currently writing a novel.
The Limerick Writers’ Centre will also launch REViVALLiterary Journal No. 21 on Wednesday November 30 at the White House Bar at 8pm. This issue is a special‘Michael Hartnett at 70’ edition and all are welcome to attend.
Upstairs@Foley’sis also the setting of the popular ‘On the Nail’ readings on the first Tuesdayof every month at 8pm. These events alsohave guest readers but writers (from beginners to veterans) can also readpoetry, fiction, stories and play music. Gabhar Theatre Company often presentsa ’10 minute play’ for the audience too.
For further information on all these events, contact Dominic Taylor at limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com.

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