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Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival

Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th October 2013

The Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival is dedicated to poetry in all its forms and varieties, featuring the best of local, national, and international poets.

This year’s festival will feature evening performances by Anthony Cronin, Biddy Jenkinson, Macdara Woods, Hugh Maxton, David Wheatley, Adam Wyeth, and Jo Slade. There will also be lunchtime readings at the Hunt Museum featuring Ron Carey (Thursday) and Kerrie O’Brien (Friday). Other events include screenings of poetry films, an open mic session, a varied programme for schools, and the Young Poet of the Year Award. In addition, the yearly poetry anthology The Stony Thursday Book, edited this year by Paddy Bushe, will be launched at the festival.

Further details can be found on the Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival website.


All Ireland Poetry Day

A day-long live streaming of poetry by some of Ireland’s finest poets is at the centre of Poetry Ireland’s celebration of All Ireland Poetry Day, 3rd October 2013. Poetry Ireland will host a six hour live stream from the Irish Writers’ Centre in Parnell Square, Dublin, which will feature readings by Dermot Bolger, Peter Sirr, Theo Dorgan and Enda Wyley, among others, as well as a panel discussion involving the new Ireland Chair of Poetry, Paula Meehan.

Other organisations and groups around the country will be part of the live transmission as they upload their own films of events in their own areas. The live stream will also feature a special tribute to Seamus Heaney involving Dublin school children, as well as film of Brendan Kennelly reading his poetry. The live stream will be available on from 10am – 5pm on the 3rd October.

This is the sixth year of All Ireland Poetry Day and there are events taking place all over the country. These include readings in Lisburn, Dundalk, Armagh, Mayo, Meath, Donegal and Tipperary.

Full details of these events can be found at

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Budget 2014: Republic of Culture

The National Campaign for the Arts‘ pre-budget submission this year is a video. Featuring the voices of a number of well-known actors, it is a direct call to the government to stop the cuts to the arts and re-imagine a future where the arts are understood and valued in a Republic of Culture.

The three-minute video contains five key messages:

  1. Let’s stop the cuts.
  2. Let’s start. Again. Republic of Culture 2016.
  3. Let’s respect ‘real’ jobs. And know the value of artists.
  4. Let’s get on with it: let’s foster common purpose through shared experiences.
  5. Let’s plan to grow: let’s work together with the Minister for Arts.

You can view the video here.

The National Campaign for the Arts are sending the video to every TD and senior official and are mounting a robust PR campaign.

Their overall aim is to ensure that this video is seen by key public representatives and relevant officials in key government departments, that it is published and shared by arts organisations, arts workers and arts supporters, and that it is profiled by major cultural and news media commentators / journalists / programmes.

However, they need your help to support and strengthen their efforts in making this video go viral. And for those in power to sit up and take notice. So…

Share it: On Facebook, Twitter, Via email, or good old word-of-mouth. Share it with your friends, family, colleagues, and beyond.
Send it: To your local TDs, Senators, Councillors and other people of influence.
(See for details per constituency)

When sharing it on Twitter, use these hashtags: #Budget2014 #NCFA #RepublicofCulture


‘Saying Goodbye to Seamus Heaney’, Hugh McFadden

Cad a dhéanfaimid feasta gan adhmad?
Tá deireadh na gcoillte ar lár  …
And that other song was right, too:
‘Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone …’

After the news came you’d gone home for good
It took three full days to feel the sadness.
Slán abhaile to Mossbawn, Bellaghy:

‘Thou thy worldly task hast done
Home art gone and ta’en thy wages’ …


Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013)

Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann deeply regrets the death of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Marie and to his children Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann and to his wide circle of family and friends.

Seamus was an exceptional friend to Poetry Ireland and an extraordinarily generous supporter of our work in a wide number of ways.  A towering presence in the world of poetry, Seamus will also be fondly remembered for his immense humanity, his humility and his extraordinary generosity of spirit.  Throughout his life, he was a supreme ambassador for Ireland, and for literature and poetry, and his loss to Irish life and letters is immeasurable.  He was to the forefront in making poetry an essential part of Irish life.  His presence will be profoundly missed but the vitality of his spirit will live on through his brilliant work.  He leaves us an extraordinary legacy.


Under The Volcano

Under The Volcano has announced its 11th season of writing master classes, which will be held from January 10-19, 2014, in Tepoztlán, an hour outside Mexico City.

Faculty for the newly expanded program includes poet Paul Muldoon (Ireland), novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman (Guatemala/US), memoirist and performance artist Alison Wearing (Canada), playwright Catherine Fillloux (US/France), Rome-based journalist, novelist and librettist Jonathan Levi and New York-based Magda Bogin, UTV founder and director, whose work straddles fiction, translation and writing for the voice.

The 2014 session offers a full week of small, intensive workshops in Tepoztlán, an hour outside Mexico City and half an hour from Cuernavaca, in the foothills of the great volcanoes.  The program also features guest performances and readings with Mexican writers, critics and filmmakers, a meeting with local environmental and political activists and an optional workshop with Shambhala teacher and musicologist Lance Brunner. Gourmet lunches prepared by Cocinar Mexicano are served daily and group dinners are scheduled throughout the week. Excursions to nearby archeological sites and guided hikes in the environs can be easily arranged.

An extended residency option allows participants to stay on as part of an intimate community of writers, with a weekly salon for sharing work. Space permitting, participants enrolled in one workshop may elect to audit a second for a modest fee.

Registration for each master class is limited to ten participants and four auditors.  An 8-10 pp. writing sample is required for admission.

For details on specific workshops and application guidelines please visit us online at or email us at


A poet, a printmaker and … a pony

A poet, a printmaker and … a pony meet in the wild Connemara landscape of Ireland’s atlantic coast to conjure an idiosyncratic collection of observations and imaginings.

David Lilburn, printmaker, painter, draughtsman of the first order, brings his powerful improvisational skills to play in a feisty visual response to poet Tony Curtis’s brilliantly original and unpredicatble imagination, as it deftly moves through the wandering poems in this beautiful and unusual book. By turns, these poems ambush your expectations with humour, sadness, mischief and wonder; belying their apparent simplicity, they weave a life-enhancing magic throughout colourful pages of vivid words and pictures.

Pony is published by Occasional Press in collaboration with Ballynahinch Castle, 2013, in a limited edition of 130 hardback copies.


Winners of iYeats 2013 Announced

The much awaited results of the 2013 iYeats Poetry Competition were announced on Saturday August 3rd as part of an evening of poetry and music at Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo. Those gathered had cause to celebrate as the event also marked the 5th year of the competition. Guests were treated to readings from Ireland’s most renowned poets plus music before 2013 judges Katie Donovan & James Harper announced the winners.

The First Prize of €500 was awarded to Breda Wall Ryan from Bray, Co Dublin for ‘Dreamless’. Breda’s poems are, she says “inspired by the intersection of the surreal and the ordinary, and by the patterns underpinning all aspects of the universe”.  Her winning work charts the day of a female heroin addict. A founder member of Hibernian Poetry, she has an M. Phil from Trinity College, Dublin. Her recent publication ‘The Woman who Toasted the Owl’ was commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2011.

Judge Katie Donovan on the winning entry said “ ‘Dreamless’ stood out for several reasons. Like a lot of the entries, it tells a story, but it is a big challenge to be able to contain a story in a poem and for that poem to retain its delicacy and precision. In ‘Dreamless’ we are introduced to a drug addict’s circle of hell in fresh, original language which is rich with imagery. The poem is well-crafted and never veers into sentimentality. Despite the sad and tawdry subject matter, the poem itself is a thing of beauty. It has the rhythmic simplicity of a ballad that recalls Yeats’s own early work.”

The Emerging Poet Prize of €300, for poets under 25 years old, was awarded to James Conor Patterson from Newry, Co Down for his poem ‘Animal Psalms’. The 24 year old poet and short-story writer has seen his work published in a number of publications including ‘30 Irish Writers Under 30’ by Doire Press. He has read his work at a number of different events including, most recently, The Belfast Book Festival and 10 Days in Dublin. James recited his poem via video from France.

Commendation went to American based poet Connie Roberts. A native of county Offaly, Connie emigrated to the United States in 1983, where she currently teaches creative writing at Hofstra University, New York. Her poetry has been published in journals in the United States and Europe.  Her book ‘Not the Delft School’, a collection of poetry inspired by her experiences growing up in an industrial school in the Midlands, was awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Award.  She is also a recipient of a Literature Bursary Award from the Irish Arts Council. This past May, Ms. Roberts received the 2013 Poetry Collection Award at the Listowel Writers’ Week Festival.

The second commended poet Cróna Gallagher is based in Co. Leitrim, Ireland.  Her poems have been featured most recently in Revival, The Chattahoochee Review (Irish issue), Magma, Popshot, The Moth and Poetry Bus 3 magazines. Short stories have been published in Prairie Schooner, Crannόg, The Dublin Quarterly, Drunken Boat and elsewhere. Her collection of poetry is ‘The Doves of the Forest Night’ (Lapwing Press).

Launched in 2009 by the Hawk’s Well Theatre to mark the 51st Yeats International Summer School, the iYeats competition has grown from strength to strength, and the calibre of both competition entrants and judges has garnered this competition worldwide recognition. In 2013, the fifth year of the competition, the Hawk’s Well Theatre received entries from across the world.

2013 Judge James Harpur says “It was a privilege to join the line of distinguished judges who have previously passed sentence on entrants of the competition. The latter – as you might expect with anything associated with the name of Yeats – has a high pedigree, reflected in the quality of the submitted poems.”

The four winning poems are now on display at the Hawk’s Well Theatre & online at


Adam White Shortlisted for the Forward Prize

Doire Press is thrilled to congratulate Adam White, who has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for First Poetry Collection (the Felix Dennis Prize) for Accurate Measurements. The winner will be announced on 1st October.


August Writing Weekend & September Workshop

From August 9-11, Claire Keegan will run a Writing Weekend at the Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, Co Wexford. Please note this is not a workshop but a weekend designed for those who would like to write under direction for two whole days. If you are interested in booking a place, please send an e-mail to, with August Writing Weekend marked in the subject field.

The next Fiction Workshop will be held at the Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, on the weekend of September 7 & 8, from 10am-5pm both days. For the workshop, each participant, if submitting a manuscript, is required to do so by August 28th.

For full details on the weekends and manuscript submission guidelines, please click here.

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