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 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

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:

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 for further details.

On the Nail Xmas literary bash/LWC Flash Fiction Slam Final

Limerick Writers’ Centre will present the Christmas ‘On The Nail’ Literary Bash tomorrow(Tuesday, Dec 6) at 8pm, Upstairs@Foley’s Bar.The event will incorporate the 2011 LWC Flash Fiction Slam Final.
The blurb promises“a festive feast of fiction, poetry and a merry miscellany of all sorts ofliterary guff”. In the 2011 LWC Flash Fiction Slam, the field is narrowed downto just 10 stories. Audience members will get the opportunity to vote for theirfavourite. The theme was ‘2011’ and the shortlist ranges from the saccharine tothe bizarre. The 10 short-listed writers will read their pieces, short andattention-grabbing at just 500 words.

A crack team of judges has been assembled, including Bob Burke (Bisto awardwinner for The Third Pig Detective Agency), Roisin Meaney (Love in the Making),William Ryan (The Holy Thief), Anthony Galvin (Baby Steps) and Helena Close (TheClever One). This is the second year that the competition has been run and the organisersreport that “the standard of entries was very high”.

Following the award of the judges’ prize there will be a 10 Minute Play fromGabhar Theatre Company called Good Fences by Sheila Fitzpatrick O’Donnell PLUSan open mic where anyone and everyone can bring poetry and prose to the party. Peopleare welcome to bring along something you’ve written or a piece that moves youand share it with the audience.

More info on this and upcoming events/courses at

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 or contact MCBarney Sheehan at 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.
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