Limk Writers’ Centre On the Nail/Poetry Slam heat

The Limerick Writers’ Centre monthly On The Nail event will take place tonight (Tuesday September 4) from 8pm at The Loft @ The Locke Bar.

The featured readers include Limerick’s own, John Liddy, who is on a visit from his home in Madrid. The others are: Irish-Canadian writer, Celest Auge and Padraig Mac Fhearghusa, a west Cork poet who writes largely as Gaeilge.

Gabhar Theatre Company is back with another 10 minute play with cast: Grace Cronin, Shane Vaughan and Hugh O’Brien.

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.

Next Tuesday (September 11), the same venue will host the Munster heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam at 8.30pm. Performance poets and spoken word artists from Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Tipperary and Waterford will battle it out at the ‘slam’.

“For those of you who haven’t experienced one, a slam is a performance poetry competition in which poets perform for not more than three minutes. The winner will be chosen by an appointed panel of judges. The prize on offer to the winner is the honour of representing Munster in the 6th All Ireland Poetry Slam to be held during November in Cork,” the LWC blurb read.

Poets wishing to enter the slam on the night need two, three-minute poems, ideally performed without a script. If you want to participate, all you have to do is arrive on the night to The Loft venue and give your name to the MC or you can email your name to the limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com requesting inclusion.

The Limerick Writers’ Centre run various classes and workshops as well as running literary events and selling books (mostly by local/Irish writers) online so the website is worth a look.

On the Nail/Stony Thursday Book 2012

This month’s ‘On the Nail’ literary event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday August 7, at 8pm in the Loft Venue at the Locke Bar.

The free event will include the launch of issue 23 of the Revival Literary Journal and readings by Kevin Higgins, Bríd Ní Mhóráin and Donal O’Flynn. There will also be a 10 minute play by Gabhar Theatre Company, starring Grace Cronin, Shane Vaughan and Hugh O’Brien.

Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event including poets, storytellers, musicians and writers. Even if you don’t write you are welcome to bring something along to read.

More information on www.limerickwriterscentre.com.

Also, The Stony Thursday Book is seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue to be published as part of CUISLE Limerick City International Poetry Festival in October 2012. This year’s editor is the Limerick-based poet, Jo Slade.

The Stony Thursday Book was founded by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke in 1975, and has also been edited by Mark Whelan, Kevin Byrne, Patrick Bourke and Knute Skinner, Thomas McCarthy and Mary Coll.

The annual publication is one of the longest-running literary journals in Ireland and celebrates its 37th Anniversary Edition in 2012.

How to Submit: Send no more than six poems and when submitting poems, write your name and address on each page. Send poems to: The Arts Office, Limerick City Council, City Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick or by email: artsoffice@limerickcity.ie.

On the Nail literary event on tomorrow, Tuesday January 10

Tomorrow night, TuesdayJanuary 10, the first ‘On the Nail’ literary evening of 2012 will take place inFoley’s Bar from 8pm.

This month will feature the Clare Three Legged Stool Poets including Arthur Watson, Peter Kay,Patrick Stack and Brian Mooney. Clare Three-Legged Stool was founded in 2003 to celebrate the poetic work ofmen and women from North, South, and East—the so-called three “halves” of Clare.There are at present around 16 members in the group which, to date, hasproduced two anthologies, a broadsheet, and Hidden Burren, a photographic essayon North Clare by Ilsa Thielen, accompanied by verse.

Everyone is invited to take part in the open-micafter the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers. Even if youdon’t write you are welcome to bring something along to read. Admission isfree. The Limerick Writers’ Centre special authors book table will again be inoperation, so if you want your book, CDs etc represented on the table, contactDominic Taylor at 087-2996409.


Upcoming LWC Courses 
LWCis also having two courses in the next few weeks. One is titled Releasing The Poet Within-A Creative Writing Coursein Poetry, Lyrics and Versification with Fiona Clark Echlin starting fromJanuary 25. The course is 7-9pm one night a week over six weeks. It is “designedto inspire writers to discover/extend their poetic voice. Existing poets andlyricists may explore new directions while those seeking to write poetry forthe first time will find a springboard for their ideas and style”. See www.limerickwriterscentre.comfor more information.
 
There will also be a film ‘Script Doctor’ workshop onSaturday February 4 from 1-5pm. This is an intensive one day‘advanced’ film script workshop for people who already have their scriptscompleted and want to get them ready to submit for funding or to a productioncompany. Participants will send in a one paged synopsis of their idea (250words) and either a full short film script (10-15 pages) or the first 15 pagesof a feature script.  These need to be emailed a week in advance of thecourse. The workshop will entail: script format, treatments, pitching andthe finishing touches that are needed to get your script ‘funding’ ready! Places must be paid for in advance. The coursefee is €50; concession €45. Booking is essential; contact Dominic on 087-2996409 or email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com for further details.